Welcome to the March e-bulletin, which brings you the latest news about alumni events and activities, and updates from across the University.
The discussions within the University on Cambridge's response to the new financing framework established by the Government reach their conclusion over the next ten days. The Regent House is currently voting on the University Council's recommendations in respect of the proposal to be submitted for approval to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and the result is expected to be announced on 25 March.
Three papers are available on the University website that provide helpful background to the decisions that have to be made: a note on calculating the cost of an undergraduate education; and the University Council's notices of 23 February and 16 March providing recommendations on fees; bursaries, and access targets.
If you would like to send us your thoughts on the above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 26 March
As the Boat Race approaches, many of our 400 Alumni Groups are starting to arrange their own events to coincide with the Race; full details of these, and other Group events can be seen on our Forthcoming Events page. If you run a Group and are holding a Boat Race event which you would like us to promote for you, please email Jan Pudney.
The Cambridge Society of London
The Cambridge Society of London has a prime area reserved for this year's Boat Race. Attendees will enjoy the build-up and the race over drinks and hot snacks with views directly across the Thames in Putney. To learn more about the event and how to join the Society, please visit www.camsoclon.com.
Find out about the 2011 Xchanging Boat Race crews.
The Henley Boat Races
Sunday 27 March
Oxford and Cambridge eights are in the final stages of preparation for the Henley Boat Races which take place on the famous Royal Regatta course in Henley-on-Thames on Sunday 27 March.
The Women's Boat Race is part of a four-race programme which also includes Boat Races for lightweight men and lightweight women, as well as the reserves race between Osiris (for Oxford) and Blondie (for Cambridge).
Alumni Weekend 2011 Sign up now!
Friday 23 September – Sunday 25 September
Be inspired by all Cambridge has to offer at the twenty-first Alumni Weekend. Attracting leading speakers and more than 1000 alumni and their guests to this three-day programme of lectures, tours and activities, Alumni Weekend will get your mind fizzing with ideas and inspiration.
Sign up now to receive the brochure when it is published in May.
Coming up in Cambridge this spring
and further afield...
Thirteen Cambridge academics and the chief executive of Cambridge University Press will be giving talks at this year's Hay Festival from 26 May to 5 June. Speakers include Baroness Onora O'Neill, Dr Ha-Joon Chang and Professor Nicky Clayton. It is the third year the Festival, run by alumnus Peter Florence, has held a University of Cambridge series. For more information, go to www.hayfestival.com.
Faculty and Departmental Events
Department of Engineering
Vehicle Dynamics and Control Seminar 2011
A one-day seminar to explore recent developments in the design and analysis of road vehicle dynamic behaviour is being organised by Dr David Cole. The seminar will be held at Fitzwilliam College, on Tuesday 5 April 2011.
The Programme and Registration Brochure can be downloaded online and for enquiries about the programme, please contact Dr David Cole.
Faculty of Mathematics
If you completed Part III Mathematics in 1962 or later you are entitled to receive a Masters degree retrospectively. For information on the special graduation on 30 April 2011 please see the website.
Purple and Black Mugs Now Available
The popular alumni mugs sold through the Cambridge Alumni Shop are now offered in two new colours – purple and black. These stunning earthenware mugs come in two designs and feature the University motto in Latin 'hinc lucem et pocula sacra'.
The mugs are also available in red and Cambridge blue. You can view and purchase mugs from the online store.
Enter the Map of Life and meet a thorny devil
A new website that explains why humans have the same type of eye as an octopus and how animals separated by millions of years can evolve in the same way, has been launched by a team of scientists at Cambridge University.
Read all about it!
A new study of wrongdoing and its cultures in Spain from 1800 to 1936 will explore the fascination of popular versions of crime and other misdemeanours.
The flip side of contemporary fear of crime is our fascination with it. Repelled we might be, but the popularity of watching CCTV footage of real crimes or reading the latest salacious scandals in tabloids is testament to modern society's appetite for stories that shock.
£10 off selected Scudamore's Season Tickets
Make the most of the River Cam this year and enjoy regular canoeing, kayaking, punting and rowing without breaking the bank. From now to the end of April, CAMCard holders can receive £10 off selected season ticket plans. To take advantage of this offer, telephone Scudamore's on +44 (0)1223 359750. Visit our website for more details.
Visit the CAMCard section of the alumni website to find out more about other discounts offered to Cambridge alumni.
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Office of Chancellor
The University wishes to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh who is stepping down from his role as the University's Chancellor, as well as from several other duties, in his 90th year.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been Chancellor of the University since 1977. Principal duties of the Chancellor are ceremonial, but there is also a duty to adjudicating disputes about statutes.
Most alumni are entitled by membership of the Senate, to make suggestions and participate in the process of nominating the new Chancellor. Suggestions must be received in writing by the Vice-Chancellor's Office by 9 May. For more information, please see the Reporter.
Video and Audio
See the audio and video productions that present the University's cutting edge research.
Cambridge University glaciologist Professor Julian Dowdeswell has spent three years of his life in the polar regions.
As Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, this film follows him to Greenland and the Antarctic as his research reveals the challenges we all face from climate change.
For more of the above see:
Cambridge University on YouTube
Cambridge on iTunesU