Sidney welcomes new members

New Fellows and students join the College.

Last week nearly two hundred new undergraduate and graduate students from around the world officially matriculated before the Acting Master, Senior Tutor and Praelector of the College.  The ceremony may seem like little more than a quirk of tradition, but only by signing a declaration to ‘observe the Statutes and Ordinances of the University’ can students become full members of the College and the University.  We wish all of our new students every success in their studies at Sidney.

The College is also delighted to welcome several new Fellows.  Dr Malak Olamaie and Dr Tom Simpson have joined Sidney as Research Fellows.  Dr Olamaie is a member of the Cavendish Laboratory's Astrophysics Group.  Her current research builds on a recently completed PhD, 'Bayesian Analysis of clusters of galaxies'.  Dr  Simpson is a philosopher, and will use his Research Fellowship to examine the notion of trust.

We are also pleased to welcome another new philosopher to Sidney, Dr Paulina Sliwa.  Dr Sliwa has recently been elected to a University Lectureship in Philosophy, and specialises in ethics and epistemology. 

Professor Monojit Chatterji has been elected as a Fellow in Economics.  Professor Chatterji has already been acting as Director of Studies for Parts 1 and 2 of the Economics Tripos, and his research focuses on unemployment, growth economics, trade unions and inflation.

The Revd Paul Brice joins Sidney Sussex as Chaplain and Fellow from the parish of St Mary the Virgin, Hartfield, having previously served as Chaplain at Imperial College in London and National Advisor for Higher Education in the Archbishop’s Council. 

For further information please contact the Fellow Communications Officer, Dr David Beckingham (