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					The magazine for The sTaff of The UniversiTy of Cambridge            sepTember/oCTober 2010




Water feeling
College pool’s timely makeover

                                            The wonder of        Landscape studies:
                                            scientific imagery   a varied terrain
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Hot shot: This picture was one of
165 entries to the 2010 Engineering
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by student Nate Sharpe, it shows a rifle
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of a second. The competition, which                               saved Christ’s historic
was won by Dr Robert Gordon, invites                              bathing pool.
anyone who works in the department                                Turn to page 4                    Water fee
                                                                                                    College poo ling
– whether academic, student or                                                                                 l’s timely
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                                                                  2-5 News round-up
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a photograph connected with their                                 6-7 Getting practical
everyday work.                                                    It started with an item in the Newsletter –
                                                                  now former staff member Anthea Bain is
                                                                  a student at the University
open again: The last letters of Captain
Scott and his companions have returned                            8-9 behind the scenes
to public display as one of the world’s                           How Cambridge researchers and
most important collections of polar                               technicians are creating some of science’s
artefacts was opened by the Earl and                              most stunning pictures
Countess of Wessex. The Polar Museum at
the Scott Polar Research Institute – which                        10-11 making a difference
also holds the expedition diaries of Sir                          Landscape studies can help us
Ernest Shackleton and the photographic                            understand the past – and shape
records of Herbert Ponting – has                                  our future
undergone a two-year transformation as
                                                                  12-13 prizes, awards and honours
part of a £1.75m redevelopment.
                                                                  14 obituary

                                                                  15 Advertisements
sassoon exhibition: The treasures of
Siegfried Sassoon’s personal archive have
gone on public display for the first time
at the University Library. Exhibits include
his diary recounting the first day at the
Battle of the Somme, and this light-
hearted sketch by the poet of a memorial
he wanted erected to him on Market
Hill, Cambridge. ‘Dream Voices: Siegfried
Sassoon, Memory and War’, runs until
23 December. The archive was bought
by the library after a £1.25m fundraising                         neWsLeTTer
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vice-Chancellor
becomes dame alison
VICE-CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR                  and ambassadors for Cambridge,
Alison Richard has been appointed          and the strengthening of strategic
Dame Commander of the British              communications – with alumni,
Empire for services to higher              the wider public, and national and
education.                                 international decision-makers.
    The announcement was made in           As part of this engagement, alumni
the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.         have contributed impressively to the
    During her seven-year term as          800th Anniversary Campaign which,
Vice-Chancellor, which concludes at        it was announced in June, has now




                                                                                                                                                                       DAN WHITE
the end of this month, she has argued      raised more than £1 billion.
consistently for deliberate diversity of       The priority of developing alumni
mission in UK higher education.            relations has also been woven into        Dame Alison Richard: honoured for services to higher education
    Dame Alison has overseen               Dame Alison’s extensive travels in
the establishment of needs-                support of Cambridge’s growing            appointment, Professor Colin                  was appointed Dame Commander
based bursaries to ensure that             international activity.                   Humphreys, Goldsmiths’ Professor              of the British Empire for services
undergraduate students and                     On her watch, Cambridge has also      of Materials Science, was awarded a           to Physics. Dame Athene, a Fellow
applicants can always afford to study      established an Investment Office, and     knighthood for services to science.           of Robinson, has worked at the
at Cambridge, and she has supported        reorganised the management of the         A Fellow of Selwyn, Sir Colin founded         University’s Cavendish Laboratory
major teaching and research                endowment, to enable endowment            and directs the Cambridge Centre for          since 1983 and was elected to the
initiatives across academic disciplines.   income to contribute effectively to a     Gallium Nitride.                              Royal Society in 1999.
    Her term of office has also seen the   healthy mix of income sources.               Professor Athene Donald, Deputy                ➔ Further coverage of the Queen’s
development of alumni as advisers              In addition to Dame Alison’s          Head of the Cavendish Laboratory,             Birthday Honours is on page 12.




arts and culture for all
THE CAMBRIDGE FESTIVAL of Ideas
returns next month, giving visitors
the chance to experience a huge
range of talks and workshops.
    The 11-day festival, which runs
from 20-31 October, celebrates the
arts, humanities and social sciences.
This year’s guest speakers include the
children’s author Jacqueline Wilson
and The Guardian columnist Lucy
Mangan.
    The festival’s flagship event, the
annual Mark Pigott Lecture, will be
delivered this year by Professor Linda
Colley, who will speak on the subject
‘When did the British Constitution         The Festival of Ideas: for children too
become unwritten?’. Professor Colley
is a British historian whose 1992          day on 23 October, which will
study Britons: Forging the Nation,         see many departments hosting
1707–1837 explored the development         interactive events for children, and
of Britishness following the 1707 Acts     Ideas in the Community, which will
of Union. She is Shelby M C Davis          take Festival of Ideas events to local
1958 Professor of History at Princeton     community centres.
University.                                   ➔ For more details visit www.
    Other highlights include a family      festivalofideas.org

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                      CoLLege neWs


                      alumni splash out for Christ’s                                                                                                       IN brIeF...
                                                                                                                                                           Homerton celebrates




                                                                                                                                                           Homerton celebrated the award
                                                                                                                                                           of its Royal Charter this summer
                                                                                                                                                           with a garden party. The Vice-
                                                                                                                                                           Chancellor, Professor Dame Alison
                                                                                                                                                           Richard, welcomed the college
                                                                                                                                                           to the University, and Sir David
                                                                                                                                                           Harrison, former Chairman of
                                                                                                                                                           the Homerton Board of Trustees,
                                                                                                                                                           replied on the college’s behalf.
                         The pool last November – before renovation                                                                                        The College Charter Choir sang
                                                                                                                                                           William Byrd’s Sing Joyfully, as well
                                                                                                                                                           as a new piece for the occasion
                                                                                                                                                           with words by Poet Laureate
                                                                                                                                                           Carol Ann Duffy and music by Sir
                                                                                                                                                           Peter Maxwell Davies. Attendees
                                                                                                                                                           also enjoyed a performance
                                                                                                                                                           by the Homerton Steel Drums,
                                                                                                                                                           pictured. The college, which
                                                                                                                                                           formerly specialised in teacher
                                                                                                                                                           training, now admits students to
                                                                                                                                                           all subjects except medicine.
MAIN PHOTO: SIR CAM




                                                                                                                                                           college appointments
                                                                                          Members of the college enjoy the newly restored bathing pool



                      MEMBERS OF CHRIST’S did not have                All that changed when the college       for the preceding decades.
                      far to look for a swim this summer as       turned to its alumni for help. It had           The pool’s design is suavely
                      the restoration of its Fellows’ Bathing     already received a sizeable donation        classical, with its perimeter
                      Pool was completed ahead of June            from alumnus Richard Barlow-Poole,          decorated with busts of Christ’s
                      and July’s warm weather.                    who had swum in it during the late          scholars – including astronomer
                          Archives suggest that the outdoor       1930s. Though extremely generous,           Ralph Cudworth, poet John Milton,            Lesley Thompson, pictured, has
                      pool – thought to be the oldest of          it wasn’t enough. So Christ’s               mathematician Nicholas Saunderson            joined Lucy Cavendish as Bursar.
                      its kind in the country still in use –      Development Director Catherine              and polymath Joseph Mede. An                 She replaces Dr David Carter, who
                      was built in the late-17th century.         Twilley, herself a keen swimmer,            imposing urn is rumoured to hold             has retired after four years with
                      Famous alumni who might have                launched an appeal to bring the pool        the ashes of physicist and author            the college. Lesley has worked
                      cooled off in it waters include William     up to modern standards, as well as          CP Snow.                                     in various senior roles in higher
                      Paley, Charles Darwin and Louis             restore the Palladian-style pavilion.           At the suggestion of Barlow-Poole,       education and arts development
                      Mountbatten.                                Donations soon began to pour in.            who sadly died before he could see it        following her initial qualification
                          But over the past 20 years the              Meanwhile an investigation into         restored, the pool has been renamed          as a Chartered Accountant.
                      pool had slipped into decline, with         the pool’s history discovered that          the Malcolm Bowie Bathing Pool in                Murray Edwards also has a
                      fewer and fewer fellows brave               it was not Victorian, as had been           honour of the Master of Christ’s from        new Bursar. Paola Morris comes
                      enough to venture in. Only last             supposed, but far older. Just how           2002 to 2006, and is open to staff and       to the college from the British
                      year its future was as murky as the         old might remain a mystery, for             students as well as Fellows.                 Academy in London, where she
                      water that filled it. Other uses were       while records suggest that a pool               In a little corner of Christ’s, hidden   was Director of Finance and
                      suggested, including turning it into        existed before 1688, there is a             behind ancient walls, the swimming           Corporate Services.
                      an ornamental pond.                         tantalising gap in the college archives     and dreaming go on.

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University awarded green accolade
AFTER FIVE YEARS of hard work                The process began with a carbon
to reduce its carbon footprint,          footprint survey. An independent
the University has been awarded          consultant studied the systems
the Carbon Trust Standard – the          and processes used to manage the
officially recognised benchmark          University’s energy, and helped
for organisations that have taken        University Energy Manager Paul
successful action on climate change.     Hasley and Environmental Officer
    A combination of old, energy-        Martin Whiteland get new initiatives
inefficient buildings and the lack of    to control energy use off the ground.
a joined-up monitoring system for            The procedures they put in place
energy use meant that, as recently       involved making changes to all
as 2006, the University had energy       of the 350 teaching, research and
and water bills exceeding £9m.           administrative buildings around the
This equated to per annum carbon         city, not including the 31 colleges.
emissions of about 66,200 tonnes.        Information about the energy                    Buildings like the Institute of Manufacturing have helped Cambridge cut its carbon footprint
    Since then, and working in           consumption profile of each one was
partnership with the trust, the figure   collected and made accessible via a             carbon emissions as an important                challenge of saving energy over the
has been reduced so dramatically that    central database, and staff across the          activity, and receiving this award              last few years.”
carbon emitted per pound of income       University made real efforts to save            proves that all the efforts being made              Cambridge has also gained
is now down on the 2006 figure by        energy by controlling their use of              in this direction are bearing fruit,”           credit under the Carbon Reduction
an impressive 17 per cent. This means    lighting, computers and laboratory              Mr Hasley said.                                 Commitment, which places it in a
the University has made a CO2 saving     equipment.                                          “The University should be very              league table of the most energy
of 1,130 tonnes a year.                      “The University regards reducing            proud of all the staff who rose to the          efficient organisations in Britain.




new benefits schemes help pay go further                                                                                                 help fellow staff
UNIVERSITY STAFF now have access                                                         work and contribution of our staff at           THE UNIVERSITY IS LOOKING to
to two new benefits schemes.                                                             a time when we have more limited                recruit and train volunteers to help
    CAMbens Discounts, launched this                                                     financial resources to do so,” she said.        with its Dignity@Work service.
month, will help employees and their                                                         Trades unions UNISON, Unite and                 Dignity@Work volunteers are
families spend less when they shop at                                                    the University and College Union all            trained to support members of the
a range of leading retailers.                                                            welcomed the initiatives. “CAMbens              University affected by bullying and
    Staff can log on to the CAMbens                                                      Discounts is a great new benefit and            harassment. Such support includes
website using their payroll number                                                       should help employees’ salaries go              meeting individuals who approach
(see ‘Find out more’ bottom right),                                                      that bit further during these difficult         the service, listening to their concerns
set up a password and enjoy a                                                            financial times, particularly those on          and helping them analyse the
range of discounts with companies                                                        low incomes,” said UNISON Branch                problems they face. It also involves
such as Boots, Marks & Spencer and                                                       Chair Alan Davis.                               explaining the University’s policy on
Sainsbury’s.                             Shop for less at a range of leading retailers                                                   bullying and harassment, highlighting
    There are more than 1,700                                                                                                            internal and external sources of
participating stores in all, which       straight into employees’ personal                                                               support, and helping staff decide a
means employees can save money           bank accounts.                                  find oUT more                                   course of action.
on a wide range of household                 Also new this term is CAMbens                                                                   Volunteers will acquire useful
expenses – from groceries and white      Cars, a salary sacrifice scheme that            ➔ For more information on both                  professional skills, meet and
goods, to holidays and insurance.        enables employees to lease fuel-                  schemes, call 0845 299 0908 or                work with a friendly team of
They will have exclusive access to       efficient University-provided vehicles.           log on to the CAMbens website                 contacts and have the opportunity
discounted vouchers, savings and             Feedback on the schemes has                   at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/                to help colleagues improve their
cashback rewards at their favourite      been positive. Ann Cartwright,                    offices/hr/staff/benefits/.                   working lives.
stores whether online, in-store or       Departmental Administrator at                   ➔ Two roadshows will take place on                  For further information, please
over the phone.                          the Gurdon Institute is one who                   30 September and 29 October at                contact Lyn Goodenough (lyn.
    Cashback can be accumulated          is impressed. “This is a good                     the University Centre from 11am               goodenough@admin.cam.ac.uk,
from different retailers and withdrawn   opportunity to recognise the hard                 to 2pm.                                       extension 67836).

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                getting practical


                From staff to student
                Anthea Bain was working at Trinity Hall when she spotted an item in the Newsletter publicising
                opportunities for studying at Cambridge as a mature student. Now she is preparing to start her
                second year reading English at Lucy Cavendish. She describes how the move from staff member
                to student “has turned her life upside down – in the most positive way imaginable”




                                                                                                Staff member-turned
                                                                                                Cambridge student Anthea
phiLip mynott




                                                                                                Bain in the garden of Lucy
                                                                                                Cavendish




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When and why did you decide to
study english?
I was in publishing for more than 20
years, working on a whole string of
titles – including Vogue and House &
Garden. I loved every moment of it, but
there was always this nagging thought
that I’d missed out on something
important in my life – university. When
I was younger I wanted to be a vet. That
wasn’t something open to me as an older
student so I decided to study English. I’ve
always loved literature – from Chaucer
to McEwan, and I enjoy the process of
writing and the way it is creative and                                 Anthea modelling for The West Anglian magazine in 1967
challenging. When I graduate I’ll be 64
and I’ll have just a year of conventional                              can you tell us about applying                    What’s it been like fitting in and
working life left. I’d love to spend that                              to lucy cavendish?                                making new friends?
year doing further study. After that I plan                            I had vaguely heard about a Cambridge             There are six of us in the same year
to finish the book I started a few years                               college for mature women called Lucy              studying English at Lucy Cavendish,
ago – it’s a mix of travel, cookery and                                Cavendish, but it didn’t really dawn on           and we range in age from 20s to 60s.
chick lit.                                                             me that I would be able to study there            Everyone’s different and we’ve all had
                                                                       until I went to the mature students open          different life experiences. Three of us
Why did you apply to                                                   day – which was held at Wolfson College.          have formed an especially strong
cambridge?                                                             The more I found out, the more I realised         bond – and the husband of the most
A couple of years ago the company I                                    that Lucy was the place for me – I like the       senior student has named us the Gang
was working for in London underwent                                    single sex environment of the college             of Three.
restructuring and I took a payout. But        Find out more            and the supportive atmosphere.                        Some of my non-university friends
I’m not someone who can do nothing.                                        On the advice of the Lucy Cavendish           assume that if you’re an older student
Because I live not far from Cambridge I       ➔ If you’re over 21      admissions tutor, I took an Open                  you do a different – and easier – course
also took various part-time jobs at the         and you’ve been        University course called Approach to              than the standard age students. I’ve had
University to help fund my writing. I ended     inspired by reading    Literature and got a distinction – I applied      to put them straight on that – we do
up working with the Master of Trinity Hall,     Anthea’s story, you    to Lucy Cavendish during that year.               exactly the same course as the 18-year-
Professor Martin Daunton. One day my eye        too might like to      I was interviewed and offered a place.            olds, attending the same lectures and
was caught by an item in the University         consider studying at   I felt elated.                                    having to meet the same requirements
Newsletter inviting staff to come to an         Cambridge.                                                               and demands.
open day for mature students. That was        ➔ There are four         What’s the workload like at                           There are certainly some benefits
it – I signed up, talked to some of the         colleges for mature    cambridge?                                        to being older – you do bring more
admissions tutors, and before I knew it         students at the        It’s hard, no doubt about that. Each week         life experience to your studies. This
I was planning to apply!                        University: Hughes     I go to approximately a dozen lectures            can help, for example, when you’re
                                                Hall; Lucy Cavendish   and attend two or three supervisions              studying Shakespeare and analysing
What did you do before coming                   College; St Edmund’s   with classes and seminars. We’re                  the motives and behaviour of his
to cambridge?                                   College; and Wolfson   expected to produce up to three 2,000-            characters. And because I was in
A lot! I was brought up in a fenland            College. All take      word essays a week.                               publishing, the process of writing holds
farming family and left school after taking     students aged 21 and        You might think that having worked           no fears for me. I don’t have the blank
O-levels. I wanted to stay on for A-levels      over and Lucy          in publishing all those years, I would find       screen terror that less experienced
but my mother had been widowed                  Cavendish is for       it a doddle to dash off my assignments.           students might have.
young and wanted me to acquire some             women only. The        You’d be wrong. Academic writing is quite
practical skills. So I did a secretarial        standard-age           different from the journalistic style I was       What advice would you give
course and then trained to be a nurse.          Cambridge colleges     used to – essays have to be much more             to someone thinking about
It was the 1960s and I even squeezed in         also accept mature     analytical and rigorous. I’ve been pulled         applying to cambridge as a
a spot of modelling, appearing on the           students.              up for being too colloquial in my use of          mature student?
pages of Petticoat magazine wearing a         ➔ For more information   English and have had to learn to be more          Becoming a Cambridge student has
paper dress! I worked in nursing and later      on opportunities for   logical and disciplined.                          turned my life upside down – in the most
for Condé Nast Publications – before            studying at                 Before the course started we were            positive way imaginable. I’m meeting
travelling in Greece for a year. When           Cambridge as a         warned that we would have to put the              inspirational people and I am learning
I got back I returned to Condé Nast,            mature student,        rest of our lives on hold while we were           to think in a way I’ve never done before.
moved on to other publishing houses,            plus details of        Cambridge students. I thought to myself:          It’s so liberating to be taught by some
and worked hard to make my way up to            events, open days      “Rubbish, of course I can juggle doing            of the best brains in the country and
board level in the trade press. My career       and residential        the course with keeping up with the rest          to be digging deep inside myself. I can
gave me countless skills and was hugely         summer schools,        of my life.”                                      almost hear my synapses stretching and
rewarding. But I still hankered to study        go to www.cam.              Again, I was quite wrong – it demands        snapping. To other prospective mature
at university.                                  ac.uk/admissions       every scrap of my attention and time.             students, I’d say: just go for it.

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behind the scenes




                                                                                                                                                                    SwiDBert r ott, UniVerSity of CAmBriDge
                                                                                                  Above: this image – showing the half brain of a solitarious
                                                                                                  locust on the left and the half brain of a gregarious, swarming
                                                                                                  locust of the same species on the right – was created by
                                                                                                  Dr Swidbert ott of the Department of Zoology. he used
                                                                                                  fluorescence-labelled proteins and laser scanning microscopy.
                                                                                                  “it’s taken me years of work to perfect the art of getting the
                                                                                                  specimen into the right condition so that the imaging works,”
                                                                                                  he says

                                                                                                  Left: a colour image of the orion nebula constructed from
                                                                                                  images taken by the ViStA telescope in paranal, Chile. the
                                                                                                  institute of Astronomy in Cambridge is involved in both the
                                                                                                  data processing and scientific exploitation of the telescope’s
                                                                                                  infrared surveys of the southern sky




seeing is believing
How do you go about photographing a distant star formation or the inside of a locust’s brain?
Cambridge researchers and technicians reveal all

THEY ARE BLU-TACkED onto bedroom
walls, cover the corridors of every
                                            deaths of distant stars – things too small
                                            for the naked eye to see and too large for
                                                                                         Scientists can         ago, Professor Goldstein wondered why
                                                                                                                stalactites were long and pointy and how
science department in Cambridge             our brains to comprehend easily.             visualise the          these forms could best be explained in
and illuminated the University’s most           But capturing these images is a                                 mathematical terms. After developing a
iconic buildings during the light show      complicated business. According to
                                                                                         beginnings of          mathematical theory for the shape, he
that ended the 800th anniversary            Professor Raymond E Goldstein from the       human life and         and his colleagues set about testing their
year. But how are these scientific          Department of Applied Mathematics and                               results using photography.
images produced? How much are               Theoretical Physics: “Despite the ubiquity
                                                                                         the deaths of              “We took images of the stalactites,
they manipulated, and what truth – as       of high-resolution digital cameras,          distant stars          digitised the shapes and compared
opposed to beauty – do they contain?        producing these pictures is far from                                these to the theory. The photographs
    Today, we can ‘see’ the most            simple. You need to go to great lengths to                          are stunning, but they are more than just
amazing things. Thanks to telescopes        get it right.”                                                      ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ – there is deep science in
and microscopes, photography and                Fascinated by the stalactite-hung                               these images,” he says.
computing power, scientists can visualise   limestone caves near the University of                                  Since leaving Arizona for Cambridge,
the beginnings of human life and the        Arizona where he worked until four years                            Professor Goldstein’s gaze has shifted

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                                                                                                                                                     rAymonD e goLDStein, J neUfeLD AnD mg worSter,
                                                                                                                                                     UniVerSity of CAmBriDge
from stalactites to icicles: “I looked at       digitised and show the fluorescent            Above: professor raymond             emitted at each wavelength we can find
icicles, which are long and skinny like         protein in the brain point by point at very   e goldstein, from the                the temperatures of the stars. And by
                                                                                              Department of Applied
stalactites, and wondered if the maths          high resolution,” he says. “You end up        mathematics and theoretical
                                                                                                                                   combining three images we can produce
were similar.”                                  with a stack of optical sections through      physics, and members of              these pretty pictures.”
    In collaboration with Grae Worster,         the brain in the computer that you can        his research group used a                 The degree to which images are
Professor of Fluid Dynamics at the              reassemble and manipulate.”                   super high-resolution camera         manipulated or enhanced is often
                                                                                              to measure changes on an
Institute of Theoretical Geophysics,                The results – an example of which is                                           debated but, as Dr Ott points out,
                                                                                              icicle’s surface. “i was driven
and Senior Research Fellow Jerome               shown opposite – are stunning and,            to study icicles because they        scientists could alter their images long
Neufeld, the group produced something           Dr Ott admits, far more aesthetic than        are beautiful, because of the        before the advent of digital photography
resembling a large ice lolly. They watched      the data demand. “You need to produce         aesthetics of the evolution of       and Photoshop.
it melt using a super high-resolution           a dataset, but my results could have been     their shape. it’s such a simple           “When I did my MSc and used the
                                                                                              process that we should be
camera (see picture series above), taking       published without images – with the data      able to find a law to explain it,”
                                                                                                                                   darkroom I could do the same thing – use
images every few minutes and using the          captured in double-logarithmic plots –        he says                              different filters and paper to alter my
500 photographs to measure changes on           that’s what interests my peers,” he says.                                          images. Scientists and technicians have
the icicle’s surface.                           “But I think the mathematical analysis                                             always had to choose what to show and
    “Our job is to understand the world,        becomes more tangible when you look                                                what not to show.”
to put order into it. I was driven to           at the images.                                                                          For Professor Goldstein, questions
study icicles because they are beautiful,           “The aesthetics are intrinsic to the                                           of manipulation arise even before his
because of the aesthetics of the evolution      structure, so I’ve tried to do justice to                                          images exist: “Most of the ‘manipulation’
of their shape. It’s such a simple process      that – to get the best data with the fewest                                        goes on in the process of acquiring the
that we should be able to find a law to         artefacts and by doing so I end up with                                            images – playing with light and contrast
explain it,” he says.                           something visually stunning.”                                                      so that we can detect edges accurately,
    Just as Professor Goldstein finds               While not essential to his science, Dr                                         for example.”
beauty in ice and the maths behind              Ott believes that producing such images                                                 And while the scientific community
its melting, Dr Swidbert Ott from               is crucial to communicating his science                                            expects researchers to be honest in the
the Department of Zoology sees                  to a wider audience, both to the general                                           images they publish in peer-reviewed
extraordinary beauty in the lentil-sized        public and to academics in other fields.                                           research, Dr Robin Catchpole believes
brains of the locusts he studies, and           “Close to my heart is getting across the                                           the public requires honesty too. This is
has gone to great lengths to develop            fact that bugs have brains; that they’re                                           particularly true for the colours added
techniques that allow him to image them         not just filled with goo. They are highly                                          to astronomical photographs. “What is
accurately – and aesthetically.                 structured inside, and I hope my images                                            acceptable manipulation is quite clear
    According to Dr Ott: “A major               make people think.”                                                                in astronomy. The filters we use don’t
challenge is to fix the brain tissues so that       Some of science’s most iconic images                                           approximate to the human eye, but
they are preserved in a life-like state and     come from telescopes rather than                                                   the colours we assign must have some
are able to withstand all the subsequent        microscopes – pictures of distant nebulae                                          quantitative value. The image has to
dyeing and drying without becoming              and galaxies whose size is measured not                                            reflect some kind of truth, even though
distorted. It’s taken me years of work to       in fractions of a metre but in millions of                                         it’s not what we would see with the
perfect the art of getting the specimen         light years.                                                                       naked eye.”
into the right condition so that the                Dr Robin Catchpole of the Institute                                                 Without this honesty and accuracy,
imaging works.”                                 of Astronomy, who has worked with                                                  these images become art rather than
    Using fluorescence-labelled proteins,       the Hubble Space Telescope, describes                                              science and, Dr Catchpole believes, lose
confocal laser scanning microscopy              how these images are created: “We use                                              their power to inspire a new generation
and software more commonly found in             a set of filters to isolate different parts                                        of astronauts and astronomers: “These
functional magnetic resonance imaging           of the electromagnetic spectrum. We                                                images are only valuable and inspiring if
(MRI) of human patients, Dr Ott takes           observe a galaxy, for example, at three                                            you know there is some underlying truth
optical sections of the locusts’ brains.        different wavelengths – red, green and                                             in them. Otherwise we might as well just
    “These virtual slices of brain are          blue. By measuring the amount of energy                                            colour them in by hand,” he says.

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making a diFFerence




Views of
the land
                                                                 ALL piCtUreS exCept Bottom right: Sir CAm




The study and appreciation of
landscapes – their past and future
threats – provide a framework for
understanding major challenges
that affect us all

EvERY DAY, PEOPLE ENJOY and connect           Studying the                                                   are the source of much research and           England pre-enclosure – in existence
with landscapes – both rural and                                                                             teaching at Cambridge, in departments         around Cambridgeshire until the early
urban. For staff who live in or close to      landscape’s                                                    that include Archaeology, Land Economy,       19th century – not only enabled them to
Cambridge, this might involve walking in
the Fens, taking a trip to a National Park
                                              features can                                                   Geography and Architecture among
                                                                                                             others.
                                                                                                                                                           make a living, but were also important
                                                                                                                                                           places where relationships between
or simply cherishing a particular corner of   reveal glimpses                                                   Studying the landscape’s features –        community groups and those in authority
a common or wood.                                                                                            hedges, footpaths, bumps and hollows          were played out. Because of this, says Dr
    But how many of us stop to
                                              of the lives                                                   – can reveal glimpses of the lives of those   Oosthuizen, the landscape becomes a
consider how a favourite landscape            of those who                                                   who have gone before us, says Dr Susan        mnemonic for understanding the social
has been formed, what it says about                                                                          Oosthuizen, University Senior Lecturer for    and cultural values of the people who
the generations of people who have            have gone                                                      Historic Environment (Landscapes and          lived there.
managed and shaped it, or what it might       before us                                                      Gardens) at the Institute of Continuing           Such research looks to the present
look like in another couple of centuries?                                                                    Education.                                    as well as the past. “The management of
    What impact will the effects of climate                                                                     Dr Oosthuizen’s research focuses on        farming was substantially consensual.
change and population growth have on                                                                         the attitudes and identities of the people    The work of the French anthropologist
that landscape, on the people who live                                                                       who worked the English countryside            Pierre Bourdieu demonstrated that the
there and the wildlife it sustains? Who                                                                      between 400 and 1200 AD – in particular,      transmission of such underlying values
will decide how its historical and cultural                                                                  what the remnants of Anglo-Saxon and          from one generation to the next could be
heritage is preserved? To what extent will                                                                   medieval field systems reveal about           ongoing and personal, in just the same
the public be involved in those decisions?                                                                   the ways in which people from this            way that general attitudes to raising
    These are some of the most                                                                               period ran their lives. The open fields       children, for example, are likely to have
compelling issues of our times, and they                                                                     that existed across central and southern      been passed on through the generations.

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                                                                                                         main picture: a modern-day         Conservation in the Department of
                                                                                                         fen landscape just north of
                                                                                                                                            Geography, wonders what kind of new
                                                                                                         reach, Cambridgeshire
                                                                                                                                            landscapes this surge of development
                                                                                                         Small pictures, top:               will create, and what it will take to make
                                                                                                         a fingerpost at fulbourn,          it work. “These plans are primarily about
                                                                                                         Cambridgeshire – english           bricks and mortar, but just as important
                                                                                                         heritage has called on local
                                                                                                                                            are the ecological and material flows
                                                                                                         authorities to retain and repair
                                                                                                         these distinctive rural and        such as energy, water and car travel
                                                                                                         suburban features                  surrounding them,” he says.
                                                                                                         middle: the roman road on               “In Britain we have become good at
                                                                                                         the gog magog Downs
                                                                                                                                            protecting beautiful rural landscapes, but
                                                                                                         Bottom: robert macfarlane,
                                                                                                         University Lecturer in english     we do not see clearly the connections to
                                                                                                         and author, in his film The Wild   the other landscapes that supply them:
                                                                                                         Places of Essex, which explores    the motorways, shopping malls and retail
                                                                                                         the county’s varied rural and      parks. We see the beautiful thatched
                                                                                                         urban landscapes
                                                                                                                                            cottage, but not the commuter’s four-by-
                                                                                                                                            four in the driveway.
                                                                                                                                                 Professor Adams, whose research
                                                                                                                                            focuses on relations between society
                                                                                                                                            and nature, says that people’s cultural
                                                                                                                                            and spiritual values of land also tend to
                                                                                                                                            get overlooked in landscape and nature
                                                                                                                                            conservation. Western ideas about what
                                                                                                                                            is ‘wild’ or ‘beautiful’, for example, often
                                                                                                                                            have little or no meaning to indigenous
                                                                                                                                            communities in developing countries.
                                                                                                                                                 “The Serengeti is often referred to as
                                                                                                                                            one of the world’s great wilderness areas,
                                                                                                                                            but the moment you start talking about
                                                                                                                                            it in those terms, you turn its people into
                                                                                                                                            interlopers. And if there is anywhere not
                                                                                                                                            likely to be a wilderness it is the African
                                                                                                                                            continent after millennia of human
                                                                                                                                            occupation. After all we evolved there.”
                                                                                                                                                 History, archaeology, planning,
                                                                                                                                            conservation… they all approach
                                                                                                                                            land and its uses in different ways.
                                                                                             AgB fiLmS




                                                                                                                                                               continued on page 14


                                                                                                                                       personal connections
Perhaps the tradition of consensus in          of the past, and how it influences us,
English culture has a long history?            the better our chances of a successful                        UNIvERSITY LECTURER in English and Fellow of Emmanuel
    “The general assumptions                   cultural inheritance for our children and                     Robert Macfarlane (pictured above) has written about the allure
underpinning the attitudes that are at         grandchildren.                                                of British landscapes in his book The Wild Places.
the heart of our relationships with other          The various and competing pressures                           He believes that many of us have a desire to connect with, and
people tend not to be revealed until they      on land, its uses and values provide                          store our experiences of, the natural world – even if we struggle
are challenged by somebody who does            major challenges to policy-makers                             to put them into words. “The British find it embarrassingly easy
things differently. Cultural diversity is      and planners. In March of this year, the                      to express affection for beloved pets, and formidably difficult to
interesting because it can result in a clash   East of England Regional Assembly                             express affection for beloved landscapes,” he says.
of values which may need to be examined        (now dissolved) published its revised                             “This is partly because we lack a widely available language
critically. Where does toleration begin        East of England Plan, a blueprint for                         for articulating the pleasure we receive from encountering and
and end? History and archaeology have          tackling the area’s housing shortage,                         re-encountering certain trees, or the junction of four fields, or
important roles to play in this debate.”       encouraging economic development,                             watching a wren thread through a bush. Such events are at once
    Landscape historians and                   reducing the impact of climate change                         radiantly specific and vaguely generic. So it is that many people
archaeologists also have important             and constructing a sustainable transport                      store these encounters away as memories that will be returned to
contributions to make to the debate            infrastructure by 2031. By then, the area’s                   privately in later life.
about how the historic environment             population is expected to have grown to                           “That said, the need to express a personal connection with
should be preserved – as do members of         seven million (from 5.4 million in 2001)                      nature finds its outlets in poetry, painting, drawing, photography,
the public. Community cohesion, explains       and, if the plan’s housing targets are met,                   gardening and blog-keeping, to give only a few examples, as well
Dr Oosthuizen, includes the involvement        the area will see a 40 per cent increase in                   as in postcards, letters and phone-calls to friends and family. Such
of citizens in the stewardship of the past.    the number of new dwellings being built.                      informal expressions of intimacy fascinate me.”
And if we have a better understanding              Bill Adams, Moran Professor of

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prizes, aWards and honours
Queen’s birthday honours 2010
professor colin Humphreys, Director                                          more energy efficient. He has received         Laboratory since 1983 and was elected to
of Research in the Department of                                             many national and international medals         the Royal Society in 1999.
Materials Science and Metallurgy, has                                        for his research, has been President of            Her current research lies at the
been awarded a knighthood for services                                       the Institute of Materials, Minerals and       interface of Physics and Biology, working
to Science. A Fellow of Selwyn, Sir Colin                                    Mining, and is a Fellow of the Royal           on problems associated with protein
founded and directs the Cambridge                                            Academy of Engineering. He has recently        aggregation and cellular biophysics.
Centre for Gallium Nitride, which is                                         been appointed Master of the Armourers         She has been responsible for building
developing energy-efficient lighting that                                    and Brasiers’ Company in London,               up this activity within the department
would enable the Uk to close, or not                                         in addition to his other activities. He        and nationally, being the founding
build, eight power stations if adopted         professor Colin humphreys     received a CBE from the Queen in 2003.         chair of the Institute of Physics Group in
widely.                                                                                                                     Biological Physics. This summer she won
    Using similar technology, he is also                                     professor athene Donald, Deputy Head           the Faraday Medal from the institute for
researching a new way to purify water                                        of the Cavendish Laboratory and Director       outstanding contribution to experimental
in the developing and developed                                              of the Women in Science, Engineering           physics.
worlds, and to kill hospital superbugs.                                      and Technology Initiative (WiSETI),                In 2009 she was awarded the L’Oreal/
He founded and directs the Rolls-Royce                                       has been appointed Dame Commander              UNESCO Women in Science Award for
University Technology Partnership in                                         of the British Empire (DBE) for services       Europe in recognition of this work. She
Advanced Materials at Cambridge, which                                       to Physics.                                    has received numerous other prizes
is developing next-generation materials                                          Dame Athene, a Fellow of Robinson,         during her career, including the Bakerian
for Rolls-Royce jet engines to make them       professor Athene Donald       has worked at the University’s Cavendish       Prize Lecture of the Royal Society in 2006.



other awards                                   Royal Academy of Engineering Silver
                                               Medal. Dr Harter, who is Chief Executive
                                                                                             award this month at the ICGP Annual
                                                                                             Meeting in Athens.
                                               Officer of Cambridge-based software           ➔ professor clare Grey, of the
➔ Dr Gerry Kearns, University Senior           company RealvNC Ltd and visiting Fellow       Department of Chemistry, has been
Lecturer and Fellow of Jesus, was              of the Computer Laboratory’s Digital          awarded the John Jeyes Award by
honoured in the Royal Geographical             Technology Group, received the award          the Royal Society of Chemistry “in
Society’s annual Royal Medals and awards       for his outstanding contribution to British   recognition of her world leadership role
ceremony. Dr kearns won the Murchison          engineering. He is perhaps most notably       in the use of solid-state NMR methods
Award “for publications in historical          responsible for virtual Networking            to study structure and function in
geography”. He was joined by Cambridge         Computing, a software system invented         inorganic materials, and specifically for      Dr gerry Kearns
student lucy stapleton, co-winner of           in 1995 that provides remote graphical        the development and application of
the Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize for       access to a computer screen.                  novel NMR methods to study structure
the best undergraduate Geography               ➔ professor philip Gibbard, Professor         and dynamics in lithium licals and
dissertation in 2009.                          of Quaternary Palaeoenvironments in the       manufacture”.
➔ professor robin irvine has been              Department of Geography, was awarded          ➔ professor alastair compston, of the
awarded the 2010 JR vane Medal from            an honorary doctorate degree by the           Department of Clinical Neurosciences, is
the British Pharmacological Society (BPS).     University of Helsinki. This is the highest   the joint recipient of the 2010 Zülch Prize,
The medal recognises his outstanding           honour the University can bestow.             the most prestigious scientific distinction
work in the field of molecular, cellular and   ➔ Dr bertie Gottgens, Reader                  in basic neurological research in Germany.
signaling pharmacology. The presentation       in Molecular Haematology in the               Professor Compston and Professor Hans          professor robin irvine
of the prize will be made at the BPS           Department of Haematology, has been           Lassmann of the University of vienna
annual dinner and prizegiving ceremony,        awarded the McCulloch and Till Award          received the award for scientific research
to be held in December in London.              by the International Society for Stem         on the pathophysiology and therapy of
➔ Dr andrea Ferrari, Head of the               Cells and Hematology. The award is given      multiple sclerosis.
Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group           annually to the most promising younger        ➔ Dr barbara lorber of the Cambridge
in the Electrical Engineering Division         group leader worldwide in stem cell and       Centre for Brain Repair has received an
of the Department of Engineering, has          haematology research.                         Early Career Investigator Award from
been awarded a Royal Society Wolfson           ➔ barbara J sahakian, Professor               eye research charity Fight for Sight.
Research Merit Award by the Royal              of Clinical Neuropsychology at the            Dr Lorber is researching the possibilities
Society, the Uk’s national academy of          Department of Psychiatry, has been given      of transplanting specialist cells into the     Dr Andrea ferrari
science. The award is given to individuals     the 2010 Senior Investigator Award by         eye and optic nerve to repair the damage
of proven outstanding ability to               the International College of Geriatric        caused by glaucoma.
undertake independent, original research.      Psychoneuropharmacology (ICGP)                ➔ Dr steve morris has received the
➔ professor sir John meurig thomas,            for her outstanding contribution over         British Liquid Crystal Society Young
is to give the Gerhard Ertl Prize Lecture      many years to translational cognitive         Scientist of the Year award. Dr Morris is
at the Fritz-Haber Institute Berlin in         psychopharmacology and the study of           a researcher in the Centre of Molecular
December.                                      emotional and behavioural dysfunction.        Materials for Photonics and Electronics
➔ Dr andy Harter has won a prestigious         Professor Sahakian is due to receive the      at the Department.

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pilkington prizes
Twelve of the University’s best teaching
talents have been honoured at the annual
Pilkington Prizes awards ceremony.
    This year, prizes have gone to
individuals who have pioneered
new methods of learning, who have
made outstanding contributions to
outreach work, and who have shown an
extraordinary capacity to connect with
and inspire students. All are linked by
their commitment to teaching of the




                                                                                                                                                                       MIkE CAMERON
highest quality.
    The prizewinners, who received their
awards from vice-Chancellor Professor
Dame Alison Richard during a reception
at Cripps Court, Magdalene, are:             Dr richard Harrison, Lecturer in the        Science and a Fellow of Darwin; Dr rob        Above: this year’s pilkington
                                             Department of Earth Sciences and            Wallach, of the Department of Material        prizewinners with the Vice-
                                                                                                                                       Chancellor and high Steward
Dr Julia Davies, Senior Lecturer at the      Fellow of St Catharine’s; Dr mark           Sciences and Metallurgy and a Fellow
                                                                                                                                       Lord watson of richmond
Department of Plant Sciences; Dr mark        lillicrap, Associate Clinical Dean at the   of king’s; Dr Joachim Whaley, Senior
elliott, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of   School of Clinical Medicine; Dr simon       Lecturer at the Department of German
Law and Fellow of St Catharine’s;            moore, Reader in Computer Architecture      and Dutch and Fellow of Gonville and
Dr John Firth, Associate Clinical Dean of    at the Computer Laboratory and Fellow       Caius; and Dr Hallvard lillehammer,
the School of Clinical Medicine, Fellow      of Trinity Hall; Dr Helen mott, Assistant   Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of
of Wolfson and Consultant Nephrologist;      Director of Research at the Department of   Philosophy.
Dr simon Guest, Reader in Structural         Biochemistry and Fellow of Gonville and         The Pilkington Teaching Prizes were
Mechanics at the Department of               Caius; professor simon schaffer, of the     established in 1994 by businessman and
Engineering and Fellow of Trinity Hall;      Department of History and Philosophy of     alumnus of Trinity Sir Alastair Pilkington.




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making a diFFerence
continued from page 11
But to what extent are these viewpoints
coordinated for the wider benefit of
society?
    Dr Gloria Pungetti, Research Director
at the Cambridge Centre for Landscape
and People, believes that more could
be done to promote a holistic and
interdisciplinary approach to the
study of, and dialogue surrounding,
landscapes. The CCLP works to achieve
this, disseminating research, organising
workshops and courses, and making
recommendations to governments, NGOs




                                                                                                                                                                       Sir CAm
and policy-makers.                                                                                                                             Devil’s Dyke at reach
    A recent research project, Eucaland,
brought together 40 organisations from
across 20 countries to consider the                                            maKinG an impact
different types of European agricultural
landscapes – their history, points of         Find out more                   STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES can learn        opportunity for members of the public
difference and similarity, the cultural and   ➔ «For more information         more about the history of landscapes      to engage with this work.
social meaning they have for various            about landscape and           and gardens through a number                  Dr Oosthuizen will also be
people, and how they can be managed             garden history courses        of courses run by the Institute of        appearing at this year’s Festival of
sustainably in the future.                      at the Institute of           Continuing Education.                     Ideas, which runs from 20-31 October.
    “Sustainability means to preserve           Continuing Education,             The institute enrols more than        She will give lectures on ‘Greens
both the natural and cultural heritage          visit http://www.ice.         10,000 students a year, and plays         and commons in the landscape’
of our landscapes. Healthy ecological           cam.ac.uk/courses/            a key role in linking education and       and ‘The archaeology of gardens’
landscapes are crucial for nature               subjects                      research, and in the transfer of          (20 and 27 October respectively,
conservation, and the enjoyment and           ➔ To book for Dr                knowledge to wider society. Dr Susan      6pm at the Institute of Continuing
appreciation of landscapes are important        Oosthuizen’s lectures         Oosthuizen also organises a series        Education, Madingley Hall) as
for people’s wellbeing,” she says.              and walk (see box             of one-day Historic Environment           well as lead ‘Finding a medieval
    “It is also important that these            right), phone (01223)         Research Conferences through the          village in the modern landscape’, a
issues are properly communicated –              746217 or email               McDonald Institute for Archaeological     guided walk on 29 October around
to governments, those who formulate             ccd337@cam.ac.uk.             Research. These bring together            Burwell, Cambridgeshire, that uses
policy and to members of the public –         ➔ The Festival of Ideas’        leading experts in historic landscapes,   buildings, ditches, banks and roads to
if we want to achieve a sound balance           website is at http://         parks and gardens to discuss new and      reconstruct the medieval landscape
between landscape conservation and              www.admin.cam.ac.uk/          unpublished research, and provide an      and how it was used.
development.”                                   whatson/ideasfestival/




 obituarY
                                                           Robert Charles Oliver (‘Robin’) Matthews was        the Social Science Research Council, chairman
                                                       born in Edinburgh on 16 June 1927 and educated          of the academic panel of consultants set up by
                                                       at Edinburgh Academy. He went up to Oxford to           the Bank of England, a trustee of the Nuffield
                                                       study Classics and PPE at Corpus Christi College,       Foundation, and a member of an Organisation for
                                                       before becoming a student at Nuffield College for a     Economic Co-operation and Development group
                                                       year, and then Lecturer at Merton College. In 1950      of expert economists. His publications included
                                                       he moved to Cambridge, to take up a lectureship         A Study in Trade Cycle History and the magisterial
                                                       in the Faculty of Economics and a Fellowship of St      British Economic Growth 1856–1973. He was
                                                       John’s. He was lured back to Oxford in 1965 with the    elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy
                                                       Drummond Professorship of Political Economy and         in 1968.
                                                       a Fellowship of All Souls, before returning, finally,       As Master of Clare, Robin Matthews was a
                                                       to Cambridge in 1975 to become Master of Clare.         strong supporter of co-education, and an
                                                       In 1980 he was appointed to the chair of Political      enthusiastic champion of student rights
                                                       Economy at Cambridge, a post he held until 1991.        and student opinion. He presided over the
                                                       He continued as Master of Clare for another two         successful fundraising campaign to build a new
                                                       years, retiring in 1993.                                undergraduate library and the expansion of
robin matthews, Emeritus Professor of Political            Robin Matthews was recognised as one of the         student accommodation at Clare’s ‘Colony’.
Economy and Master of Clare from 1975 to 1993,         leading economists of his generation. Among his             He died in Cambridge on 19 June 2010, three
has died at the age of 83.                             many public appointments, he served as chair of         days after his 83rd birthday.

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six miles from Nairn on the Moray       cam.ac.uk.                               week. Easy access via trains and
Firth. Sleeps four, with one twin       ➔ châtel, France                         budget airlines. For further details
and one double bedroom. Modern          Apartment in Châtel, France, for         phone (01527) 541360.
shower room, open-plan kitchen/         holiday rental. Châtel is a friendly     ➔ amalfi coast, italy
living room with washing machine,       unspoilt village, and a great base for   Small bed and breakfast in peaceful,
dishwasher, LCD Tv and iPod/radio.      walking, touring and skiing. Thirty      traffic-free mountain village above
Conservatory overlooks open fields      minutes drive from Evian – visit         Positano. All rooms are ensuite
and woodlands. Secluded gardens         Geneva, Annecy or Lausanne for           with panoramic sea views of the
with BBQ and chairs. Quiet location     the day. Apartment ideal for two         Amalfi coast. Good base for walks
                                                                                                                                                      Designs that comply
                                                                                                                                     cambridge
but easy access to Inverness and        to four adults or two adults and         in all directions. English speaking
Cairngorms with castles and             three children. Double-bedroom           host. Double room and breakfast
superb beaches nearby. Email            downstairs, separable twin beds          50 euros per night. easyJet flights
                                                                                                                                                      with the identity
brackenhaugh@yahoo.co.uk.               on mezzanine upstairs. West-facing       to Naples from Stansted. Photos                                      guidelines of the
➔ cambridge                             balcony, unobstructed views              and further information available.
Modern three-bedroom house              overlooking valley and small lake.       Contact Penny Marrone on 01954
                                                                                                                                                      University of Cambridge
to let in the north of Cambridge.       For more information email Bob           210681 or email Penny.Marrone@
                                                                                                                                     design

Would suit three people sharing         Skelton at rls1000@cam.ac.uk             btinternet.com.
                                                                                                                                     studio
or professional family. Available       ➔ provence, France                       ➔ algarve, portugal
September 2010. City council-           Large, comfortable flat in famous        Spacious, family owned apartment
accredited, energy efficiency rating    ‘Côte Bleue’ resort of Carry-le-         sleeps up to five in idyllic village.
of C (71) with gas condensing           Rouet, close to the Camargue and         Private patio and roof terrace with
boiler. Large lounge diner, fully       Marseilles. Seafront, beach and          shared pools. Picturesque beach
equipped kitchen, new bathroom          coves within 100 metres. Excellent       five minutes walk. Restaurants
and separate shower. Off-road           for swimming, snorkelling, scuba         within village. Tennis, golf, water
parking, on main bus route or short     diving, sailing, walking and cycling.    parks and shopping close by. Faro
cycle ride to city centre. £1,050 per   Close to all Provençal places of         airport 45 minutes. Stunning and
calendar month in advance, deposit      interest. Twenty minutes from            quiet location. Short and long
and references required. Email          Marseilles airport and 30 minutes        breaks available. visit www.holiday-                    info@cambridgedesignstudio.org
johnstevenholt@yahoo.co.uk.             from Marseilles TGv station. Sleeps      home-rentals.co.uk, property 4995,                      www.cambridgedesignstudio.org
➔ butley, suffolk                       six comfortably. Private parking.        email Helen.floto@gmail.com or
Comfortable, spacious, well             WIFI network. Email Anita Ogier on       phone 01954 267291.
equipped cottage with piano             ao10001@cam.ac.uk.                       ➔ nice, France
in Butley, Suffolk. Available for       ➔ provence, France                       Quiet apartment near the
Aldeburgh Festival, weekends            villa to let in pine woods near the      Promenade des Anglais and city
and short breaks throughout the         13th-century Cistercian Abbey of         centre. It is in the ‘Musicians’ area’
year. Close to Orford, Sutton Hoo,      Le Thoronet. About one hour by           on the fourth floor, accessed
Snape and Minsmere. Sleeps up to        road from Marseille or Nice. Three       by lift. Sleeps two, with living


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                                                                    the pitt
                                                                        building
                                                                   … a conference centre of distinction
                                                                                 in central Cambridge


                                                                 P Videoconferencing now available
                                                                 P University discounts available
                                                                 P Extensively and purposefully refurbished
                                                                 P Flexible conference and meeting room facilities
                                                                    accommodating 2 to 250 people

                                                                 P Syndicate rooms seating 10 to 15 delegates
                                                                 P Magnificent executive suite seating 24 people
                                                                 P Year-round availability
                                                                 P Complimentary WiFi access throughout
                                                                 P Tailored and creative food service




For further information please contact:
The Events Office
The Pitt Building
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1RP

Telephone: (01223) 330807
Email: pittbuilding@cambridge.org                                   www.cambridge.org/pittbuilding
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