Statement by the new President of Clare Hall - Professor Alan Short

It is a great honour to have been elected the ninth President of Clare Hall. I am really delighted and excited by the challenge. The pandemic has certainly made this one of the more difficult periods in the College's long history. Still, I am not surprised at all that everyone here has pulled together really admirably to make living and working in the College not just tolerable but actually rewarding, all of which augurs wonderfully well for our post-viral future.

I would very much like to say a few words about our retiring President. Of course, we will have a dinner to end all...

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01 August 2020

Congratulations to Simone Eringfeld

The College wishes to congratulate MPhil Candidate Simone Eringfeld, whose research was recently featured on the University website:

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30 July 2020

Clare Hall Virtual Bumps

From the 24 - 27 of June, CHBC participated in ‘Virtual May Bumps’, an event organized to allow the rowing community in Cambridge to experience the thrill of May Bumps, with all entry fees and donations going towards supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the Cambridge University’s COVID-19 campaign, helping in the fight against coronavirus in Cambridge.


Every day, team members from across the world ran 800 metres, and their times were averaged in groups of three to simulate each third of the 2400 metre rowing race. Clare Hall Boat...

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17 July 2020

Professor Nicholas Lash

The College is saddened to announce the death of Professor Nicholas Lash, formerly Norris Hulse Professor of Divinity, Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall. Nicholas was an eminent theologian and a Professorial Fellow of the College from 1998 until his retirement in 2001.


Photograph copyright of Centre for Catholic Studies, University of Durham

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13 July 2020

Helen Pennant Elected as Vice President of Clare Hall

The Governing Body is delighted to announce the election of Helen Pennant as Vice President of Clare Hall, for a period of four years with effect from 1 August 2020.  Helen will succeed Professor Alan Short, who will be assuming the Presidency of the College on that date.

Helen has been Director of the Cambridge Trust since 2013, and joined Clare Hall as a Fellow the same year. Helen is already well known to the College community, she is currently an active member of the College Development Committee and has represented the College at a number of overseas members’ events....

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25 June 2020

Reopening the College

In planning the safe reopening of College, the Domestic Bursar has produced a comprehensive document detailing how each area of the College will adapt going forward.  This initial work, formulated with feedback from across selected College members, is a live document that will no doubt change in the coming weeks and months in response to wider Government and University policy. A copy of the latest document is available to download from the homepage of the Clare Hall website. ...

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15 June 2020

How to ‘reset the clock’ when it comes to living with plastic

Plastic: the new fantastic? A Cambridge University film looking at how the Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas) aims to eliminate plastic waste by combining blue-sky thinking with practical measures. Featuring Clare Hall Fellow Dr Khaled Soufani.




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09 June 2020

Cambridge Conversations with Dr Ems Lord

Like everywhere else in Cambridge we are now putting in place plans for the gradual reopening of the College, though it will be some time yet before we are back to normal. We are also planning to take forward some of the positive things we have learned from the coronavirus crisis, in particular, the use of video platforms to enable Life Members in different parts of the world to join College members in Cambridge in some of the activities that help make Clare Hall what it is.

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01 June 2020

Professor John Barrow Awarded Leverhulme Fellowship

Congratulations to Professor John Barrow who has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for 2020-22.

The Fellowship is on 'Cosmological Problems'. It supports work on specific topics that include astronomical tests of varying constants of physics using the Hubble Space Telescope, singularities, dark energy, the Hubble constant problem, higher-order gravity, and inhomogeneous cosmologies.


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06 May 2020

A Message from the President

A few days ago, in an email on another matter, a Visiting Fellow who had decided to remain in Cambridge with his family wrote to me, “We are very glad that we had decided to stay. Clare Hall is probably the best place to stay in this pandemic.” I am sure he is right.

A couple of weeks ago we were very touched to receive a video made by the GSB expressing their feelings. It is posted on the College website and is on YouTube

I encourage you to look at it: it will make you as proud as I am to be a...

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05 May 2020