Student Bulletin: 5th May 2022

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Homerton College

Dear students,

Next Monday marks the beginning of both Mental Health Awareness Week, and Homerton’s own Sustainability Week. Together, they provide some opportunities for you to reflect on looking after yourself, how we might look after each other, and what it means to look after our planet. Amid the busyness of exam revision or dissertation editing, it can be helpful to take a few moments for yourself, or to participate in a short online event or outdoor activity – and these themed weeks might give you some ideas. (Or just join the Library team for squash and biscuits!)

Whatever week it is, we are here to help. So do reach out to your Tutor, or get in touch on, if you are experiencing any difficulties or would like some extra support.

With warmest wishes,
The Senior Tutor and tutorial team

 All student updates

Homerton College Sustainability Week

 Homerton College Sustainability Week (Mon 9 May – Sun 15 May) is a series of events which aim to bring the Homerton community together to discuss, explore and promote sustainable practices in all aspects of college life. Interactive events including talks, an outdoor poetry walk, roundtable discussions, picnics and even a touch of gardening in the Homerton allotment will be offer throughout the week! Please see the website for a full programme of events and links to resources: Sustainability Week 2022 (please remember to log in to book for events).


Health Centre reminder - Covid and testing

 Please do not to attend the college health centre in person if you have any symptoms associated with covid. The full list of symptoms are here. Sandy is happy to see you remotely but for infection control this should not be in person.


News and Events from Homerton Changemakers


Dinner with a Leader. A roundtable discussion over dinner with Peter Cowley

26th May 7-9pm 2022 @Drawing Room (In person). Last three places!

 Homerton Changemakers is proud to be hosting Peter Cowley who is a distinguished, award-wining and successful serial entrepreneur and investor. Until recently, Peter was the Chair of Cambridge Angels, and the President Emeritus of the European Business Angels Network. He will be sharing his experiences as an entrepreneur and investor: the wins, the failures, the challenges, obstacles he has faced in his business life as well as the stories of some of the start-ups he has invested in. Numbers are limited!

 Modern Charisma Course

10-15 June @Skillicorn Room (in person)*

 How you present & speak can be a game-changer for your changemaking ability and leadership. This sequence of 4 workshops focuses on building an authentic, persuasive public persona. Through understanding the history of rhetoric, practice in building arguments, & practical sessions on speech, breath and body, you'll learn the 'rules' of contemporary charisma so you can see through, challenge, and deploy it wisely. Led by Professor Michael Burk. 

Library updates

What to expect in the Library during Easter term

 Easter Term has arrived and there are a few temporary changes to the Library to make it an even more pleasant environment for everyone to revise and study. The Library is open 24/7 as usual and staffed week days 9am – 5pm throughout Term, including Bank Holidays. Come ask us questions!

Juice and biscuits: Free Juice and biscuits will be provided by the Library at 3.30pm on week days from Tuesday 3rd May. This is your one legitimate excuse to eat biscuits in the library, though only by the door! Why not take a break and join us?

Leaving books and papers on desks: Three-day ‘in use’ desk slips have been replaced with 24 hour desk slips. If you think you are going to leave books/papers while you go for a break, simply fill in the slip and leave on top of your neat pile of books. Please spring clean your desk and try and leave room on a desk for someone else to use it whilst you are not there. Any piles that do not have an up to date slip will be removed to trolleys positioned by the stairs on each floor. A note will be left by staff saying we have done this. Come and talk to a member of library staff if you cannot find your notes or any other items as we can check lost property for you.

Food/Drink: No food should be brought into the library and please do not bring in mugs or other drinks containers without lids. Use your hunger to take a break from revision, fuel up and get some fresh air. You will then work better when you come back to the library!

Phones: Please respect all other users of the Library and keep noise to a minimum. During juice and biscuits sessions noise levels may rise slightly for a few minutes, but anyone wanting a proper break and conversation should collect their refreshments and head outside.

The library team at Homerton College Library wish you a productive and mindful Exam Term. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. Our email address is:


We are always keen to help!

Postgraduate students

Homerton College Research Supper

 Wednesday 11th May, 6.30pm
North Wing Auditorium and online

• Ahmed Alagha (PhD), 'Ground-breaking research towards a safer underground space'
• Nick Green (CRA), 'A quick guide to the origin of life and other chemistry we're glad happens'

Online via zoom 
In-person: UPay (before 12 noon on Monday 9th May)

ECR Buddying Scheme - reminder

Doctoral research students (PhD, EdD, MD) are reminded to email Melanie Keene by Monday 9th May if they would like to join this year's ECR Buddying Scheme, and be paired up with one of the College's Junior Research Fellows or postdoctoral Research Associates for informal conversations about research, careers, and more.

College notices


 Current open grants/bursaries:

 Conferencing and Catering Vacancies

A variety of roles are available for Homerton students only - find out more on the Support staff vacancies page of the website.

College events

Foundation Year Community Briefing

 There will be a Community Briefing on Friday 6 May at 4.00pm in the North Wing Auditorium for all members of the Homerton community to find out more about the Foundation Year.

We are very proud to be one of a number of Cambridge colleges who will be welcoming the first intake of Foundation Year students in Michaelmas 2022. Through hosting this Community Briefing we hope to provide students and staff with the opportunity to learn more about the Foundation Year course and to answer any questions on the course and its students.

We would particularly encourage current Homerton students to attend who are interested in being involved with welcoming and supporting our Foundation Year students, to include joining the College's Foundation Year working group

Preparation for Revision and Exams

Dr Louise Joy will be offering an in-person session on Wednesday 11th May between 1-2pm to look at ways in which you can improve your revision techniques to boost confidence to enhance your examination performance. Further details and a booking link will be emailed out very soon.

Upcoming musical performances


 Monday 9 May, 1.20pm-2pm, Great Hall: Motets performed by Homerton choral scholars. Free entry.

Monday 16 May, 1.20pm-2pm, Great Hall: Finals of the 2022 Performance Competition (featuring Mallory Beechey, Lorenzo Bennett, Lucy Walker, and Wilf Raby). Free entry.

Photography competition - Inclusivity Matters - final call for entries

This is a gentle reminder that time is running out to enter your photographs into the 'Inclusivity Matters' competition - and eventual exhibition in the College.

We hope to continue to receive loads of entries on the theme of inclusivity: a group of friends having a chat, a flower blooming amidst a green hedge in the garden, a robin and a blackbird singing together in the rain… The sky’s the limit!

The deadline to submit your entries has been extended to Friday 6 May (please email your entries to

University notices

Mental Health Awareness Week - 9 - 15 May 2022

 Get involved with the University’s wide-ranging programme of talks and activities marking Mental Health Awareness Week. This year's theme is ‘Loneliness’

Book ticket here for Mina Smallman Event

To mark this year’s Stephen Lawrence Day, Murray Edwards College welcomes Mina Smallman. Mina will be in conversation with two undergraduates, Joy Adeogun and Ruby Cline.

External notices

Show Up for Ukraine Fundraiser - organised by PGCE Student

A spectacular night of stand-up comedy, live music and cabaret in aid of vulnerable communities living in, or escaping, conflict.

 About this event

In aid of OutRight's emergency appeal, the Coalition's GoFundMe, and EAPPI, a motley crew of musicians, comics and dancers are giving their all on Saturday 7th May at Show Up for Ukraine. The stellar line-up includes sell-out cabaret icon Aidan Sadler, award-winning writer and drag star King Hoberon, comedy sets from the searingly funny Alex Beighton and Fraser Brown, and much more.