Recent College News

Review: Michael Morpurgo

Category: Speakers

“I am a war baby.” Michael Morpurgo, born 1943, grew up in post-war Britain. From the physical manifestations of shattered buildings, through to the silent, unspoken grief of his mother, and a lone photograph of Uncle Peter on his mantelpiece (shot down in the RAF aged 21), he described his... More »

Review: Nicky Campbell

Category: Speakers

On Thursday 13th November, television presenter and journalist Nicky Campbell (parent of Breagh) was the guest of the Politics Society. Known by many of the pupils for his BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast programme as well as his Sunday morning show The Big Questions, he was invited to discuss the role... More »

Review: Major General Peter Williams

Category: Speakers, General, Events

On Thursday 20 November, Major General Peter Williams accepted an invitation to speak to the Politics Society on the War in Bosnia during the 1990s. Titled as "Looking back on tragedy", he gave a highly informative and accessible PowerPoint (using mostly his own photographs) outlining the... More »

Review: Professor Steve Swithenby

Category: Speakers

The 10th Annual Blackett Science Lecture took place in the Ellis Theatre on the evening of Tuesday evening. Professor Steve Swithenby from the Open University gave an excellent and thought provoking talk - 'Imaging thought - can we read minds?' to an audience of over 100 pupils, staff and visitors,... More »

Review: Professor Ian Beckett

Category: Speakers, General

The History Society welcomed Professor Ian Beckett of the University of Kent on Tuesday 18th November to speak on the topic of ‘Britain in the Great War: A Nation In Arms’. Beckett, as an eminent military historian and academic, has published several titles on this topic, including ‘A Nation in... More »

Speaker: Dr Catherine Whistler

Category: Speakers, Art, Events

The History of Art Society welcomed Dr Catherine Whistler from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford on Wednesday evening. Dr Whistler is Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean, and is also a Fellow of St John's College. Oxford. She spoke to our students about her role as chief curator of one of Britain's... More »

Review: Tim Harrison

Category: Speakers, Academic

The entire Shell yeargroup, joined by pupils for Cheam, Pinewood and St Francis Prep Schools, enjoyed a fascinating, engaging and exciting lecture demonstration in the Memorial Hall presented by Tim Harrison from the University of Bristol. The School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, is a... More »

Review: Chris Lucas

Category: Speakers

On Wednesday 15th October we were lucky enough to welcome Chris Lucas, a postgraduate student from Bristol University to the College.  He talked to us about his work at the Large Hadron Collider and the experiment that he is working on there.  Chris took us through some of the theory of... More »

Review: Dr Miriam Manook

Category: Academic, General, Speakers

The first speaker of the year for the Biology Society was Dr. Miriam Manook (EL 2007-09) whose subject was "Transplantation – the final medical frontier".  Dr Manook works at Guy’s Hospital in London where she is actively involved in both kidney and pancreas transplants.  To... More »

Review: William Dalrymple

Category: Speakers

“Imagine yourself…” he began, instantly putting us into the shoes of a British merchant in Afghanistan in the early nineteenth century... We were drawn into the story, narrated through the moments before this man would obtain a single piece of information that would, in Mr Dalrymple’s words, change... More »

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