The Boak Student Support Fund remains active during the pandemic

The College is keen to remind students of the Boak Student Support Fund which, thanks to the kind bequest of the late Professor Dennis Boak in 2016, offers financial support for research expenses.

Pre-Covid, this was used mainly for conference travel, travel to archives, and so forth. Despite Covid restrictions on travel, students can still apply to Boak for research expenses: for example, to get archival material scanned, for recording equipment, or other equipment to help them to conduct their research remotely. Students may also...

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27 January 2021

Duncan Grant © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emeritus Fellow's research on Duncan Grant featured by Art UK

Professor Frances Spalding's research on Bloomsbury Group artist Duncan Grant (1885-1978) has been featured by Art UK.

The story highlights Grant's artistic style and techniques, as well as his passions and interests, which included a deep love of reading. Professor Spalding also covers how Grant's style changed over time, noting that 'there is a fluidity to his artistic development, a readiness to mutate or to respond to new experiences or new ideas.'

Read the full story: ...

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26 January 2021

Artist Mark Cazalet to discuss his work and travels with Clare Hall

Artist Mark Cazalet is going to be in conversation with art historian and Clare Hall Emeritus Fellow, Professor Frances Spalding, via a free Zoom event next month. All are welcome, and booking is essential.

Professor Spalding shares:
When Clare Hall offered him an exhibition (now delayed until more propitious times), Mark had just returned from a residency in Japan, where he spent much of his time visiting Zen gardens....

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25 January 2021

University of Cambridge Graduation Yearbook 2020 published

Clare Hall appears in the University’s Graduation Yearbook 2020, which has recently been released. 

The Yearbook, published by the University’s Development and Alumni Relations team and the Office of External Affairs and Communications, includes a range of news from the University, along with messages on behalf of each college. Clare Hall’s page features words by Simone de Rijk, PhD student at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and former Graduate Student...

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20 January 2021

Life Member releases book on India's affordable housing

Dr Padmini Ram, a Clare Hall Life Member (2011) and social policy analyst, has co-authored a book about the affordable housing market in India. Titled The Affordable Housing Market in India: Institutional Constraints, Informal Sector and Privatisation (2021) and published by Routledge, the book examines the housing crisis in India, highlighting the need for formal affordable housing markets. India is home to the world’s largest population of slum dwellers. The book examines causes of the problem, and the financial and political issues which underlie...

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19 January 2021

A photograph of Clare Hall from above - drone photo by Tobias Baldauf

Clare Hall launches new LinkedIn page and blog

Two platforms have been launched for the College, to welcome the new year and help keep our community connected during the months ahead.

You are warmly invited to connect with Clare Hall on our LinkedIn page, where we’ll be sharing news and any job postings on a regular basis. LinkedIn is a professional networking platform with over 660 million users across the globe, so is an excellent place for the College to have a public-facing presence. Students and Life Members are also encouraged to connect to...

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13 January 2021

Dr Iain Black

Dr Iain Black to step down from role as Senior Tutor at Clare Hall

Clare Hall announces that Dr Iain Black, Senior Tutor, will be stepping down from this role on 31st January 2021, after more than eight years leading the Tutorial team.

During his term, Iain has led a strong Tutorial team, overseeing a number of successful initiatives for the support of our students, and building very strong foundations in the Tutorial Office.

Iain comments:
'I have greatly enjoyed my role over the past eight-and-a-half years, and can take pleasure in the fact that the Tutorial Office has been substantially expanded and reformed during this...

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07 January 2021

Clare Hall Choir - Christmas carol premiere

With the choir still unable to meet in person since March, they have produced a virtual choir performance for their Christmas offering this year. Clare Hall's choir director Ben de Souza has composed a piece, "Good-night!", set to poetry by Harrison S. Morris. This short carol was written specially for Clare Hall choir are receives its first performance in this recording! Ben and the choir would like to wish the Clare Hall community a happy Christmas. Fingers crossed for improved singing opportunities next year.

You can view the carol here: 


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17 December 2020

Annual Accounts for Financial Year 2020 published

Clare Hall has now published the Annual Accounts for the Financial Year to 30 June 2020. 

They can be viewed here:


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17 December 2020

Arctic: Climate and Culture talk available to view

The British Museum opened a major exhibition - ‘Arctic: Climate and Culture’ – in September 2020. Soon afterwards came another lockdown, and the exhibition was closed to the public.

To keep interest alive, Clare Hall arranged a Zoom discussion around this subject.

Speakers include Professor Peter Wadhams, an internationally-renowned expert on the Arctic Ocean and a Fellow of Clare Hall; Sara Wheeler, a prize-winning travel writer; and Maria Pia Wadhams, formerly Director of the Zavatti Polar Institute in Italy.

Topics ranged from fast-melting ice to the...

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17 December 2020