New Term News

Master welcomes new students and Fellows at start of academic year.

The Master Professor Richard Penty and Senior Tutor Max Beber have welcomed some 200 new students to Sidney Sussex at ceremonies of matriculation. By matriculating – a historic but practical ceremony that involves students signing a promise ‘to observe the Statutes and Ordinances of the University’ – 100 undergraduates from around the world have officially become members of Sidney, ready to enrich the academic life of the College. Some 66 graduate students new to Cambridge also matriculated, and are joined by 33 others who have transferred from other Colleges to begin new courses of study.

Four Fellows have also been officially admitted to the College. Henry Mares, a specialist in the history of criminal law has been teaching at Sidney Sussex since 2012, becomes Thornely Fellow in Law. New Chaplain Brett Gray joins the College having been Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College. Brett is working on a book on the thought of former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Matthew Cliffe and Ceri Owen are the College’s new research fellows, Matthew in Chemistry and Ceri in Music. Matthew’s research is focused on structural disorder in metal-organic frameworks, Ceri’s on late nineteenth and early twentieth-century British music, notably concerned with landscape and nationalism.

Professor Penty admitted a new Montagu Fellow, the first recipient of a special honour to recognise the generosity of supporters of the College. Patricia Brown, who founded PJB Publishing with her husband Philip, has championed the professional work of Osborn Director of Music Dr David Skinner’s choir Alamire and has recently kindly agreed to support a project to replace the Chapel organ.

Two new Fellow Commoners, Sidney alumna, broadcaster and mathematics champion Carol Vorderman and Victoria Penty, have also been admitted. Famous to many for her 26-year career on Channel 4’s Countdown, Carol Vorderman is a patron of the Cambridge Science Festival and is also currently planning to pilot a solo flight around the world in 2016. Victoria Penty is Headteacher of Thriplow of Church of England Primary School in Cambridgeshire, and will be known to students and many alumni for generously hosting and supporting a wide variety of College activities, from those in the Master’s Lodge to membership events overseas.

This term’s visiting Fellow is José María Pérez Fernández, whose research examines Anglo-Hispanic cultural exchanges in the Renaissance. He will be collaborating with Fellow in English Edward Wilson-Lee. The College is also pleased to continue its relationship with the Dr D.C. Pavate Foundation, welcoming Sharada Shindhe as Pavate Fellow. Sharada is Assistant Professor at Karnataka State Law University and will continue her research in company law and financial market regulations in collaboration with Sidney Fellow Professor James Mayall.

This is an archived news story first posted in October, 2015

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