Burns Night 2020

Burns Night has become quite a tradition in Clare Hall in recent years. Despite the fact that we have very few genuine Scots in the College at any one time, we always have a small number who long for their homeland and its merrymaking. But let’s also remember the many Clare Hallers who have earned degrees from the excellent Scottish universities or have conducted research up there. It’s fitting, then, that we should do our bit to memorialise Scotland’s Bard and to introduce him to the many other nationalities that pass through Clare Hall – and to have a bit of fun...

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03 February 2020

Clare Hall Tanner Lecture 2020

We were delighted to welcome Professor Jonathan L. Zittrain of Harvard University as our 2020 Tanner Lecturer.  Jonathan Zittrain is George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard University, Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor, Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government. His theme was Gaining Power, Losing Control.

The first lecture was entitled ‘Between abdication and suffocation: three eras of governing digital platforms’. It mapped three eras of governance for online platforms. The first started around...

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30 January 2020

Lunar New Year - Formal Hall

Happy Lunar New Year! We will be celebrating at Formal Hall this week with a special Chinese themed menu.  We are also delighted to announce that pianist and MPhil Music student, Stephen Chen, will be playing a selection of Chinese songs before the meal.

If you would like to attend there are still a few tickets available. Please contact Yuriko at

We look forward to seeing you there.

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28 January 2020

Clare Hall Life Member Susannah Maidment on the Evolution of Dinosaurs

Clare Hall Life Member Dr Susannah Maidment appears on the latest episode of Radio 4's The Life Scientific, available to download here. In the programme, Dr Maidment explains her fascination with dinosaurs, her recent dinosaur hunting trips to Morocco and how she became a world authority on Stegosaurs.

Dr Maidment was a Clare Hall Earth Sciences PhD student from 2003-2007 and currently works as a Researcher at the Natural History Museum.

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14 January 2020

Professor John Barrow elected as Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

The College is proud to send its warmest congratulations to Professor John Barrow on his election as Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

This is the oldest supranational Academy in the world and has a strictly limited number of members. He joins Martin Rees, Honorary Fellow of Clare Hall, and Life Member Paul Berg.

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13 January 2020

Dr Mene Pangalos Awarded Knighthood for Services to UK Science

The College is very proud to congratulate Dr Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President of BioPharmaceuticals Research and Development and Fellow of Clare Hall, on the award of a knighthood by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year Honours List in recognition of his services to UK science.

Mene Pangalos said: "I am truly humbled and immensely honoured to receive this award and feel incredibly fortunate to have worked alongside so many talented colleagues and collaborators through...

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08 January 2020

Life Member News: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Life Member Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade’s monograph on the subject of English usage guides and usage problems has recently been published. It is called Describing Prescriptivism: Usage Guides and Usage Problems in British and American English (Routledge, 2020).

It provides a topical and thought-provoking analysis of linguistic prescriptivism in British and American English, from a historical as well as present-day perspective. Focusing on usage guides and usage problems, the book takes a three-fold approach to present an in-depth analysis of...

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16 December 2019

Gillian Beer Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Congratulations to former Clare Hall President, Gillian Beer, on being awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Chichester in October 2019.

In her speech, Dame Gillian said, 'It is an honour and a pleasure to accept this honorary degree from the University of Chichester. It is also particularly poignant for me personally since my mother Ruth Burley (as she was named in those days before her marriages) and her younger sister Hilda both did their teacher training at Bishop Otter College, the founding institution of this university, in the mid 1920s.'


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16 December 2019

Graduation Dinner and Ceremony

On Friday 29 November we had a lovely Graduation Dinner, followed by a Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 30 November for two PhD and seven MPhil students. Congratulations to all of our new graduates!

12 December 2019

2019 Crawford Fund’s Medal

Clare Hall Life Member Professor Lindsay Falvey has been awarded the 2019 Crawford Fund’s Medal. Professor Falvey was recognised for his consistent and significant contributions to international agricultural research across 45 years.

Congratulations from Clare Hall.

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10 December 2019