The latest news from Newnham’s Fellows, researchers, students and staff.

Why an understanding of anthropology is key to navigating the challenges of the 21st Century

Dr Gillian Tett OBE delivered the first Margaret Anstee Centre annual lecture at Newnham College on 8 May 2024 on the topic of Why AI needs another AI: using anthropology intelligence to make sense…

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Revealed: face of female Neanderthal from cave where species buried their dead

The skull of Shanidar Z, which has been reconstructed in the lab at the University of Cambridge. Credit: BBC Studios/Jamie Simonds A new documentary has recreated the face of a 75,000-year-old female Neanderthal whose…

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Head and shoulders image of Professor Augusta McMahon

Augusta McMahon to explore ancient Mesopotamian ’15-minute cities’

Professor Augusta McMahon will deliver the Henry Sidgwick Memorial Lecture at Newnham College on 3 May, focusing on Third Places and Happiness: 15-Minute Cities in ancient Mesopotamia. Augusta is Professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology in…

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Dame Carol Black nominated for the honorary degree of Doctor of Medical Science in the University of Cambridge

Newnham college is delighted that Honorary Fellow and former Principal,  Dame Carol Black GBE FRCP has been nominated for the honorary degree of Doctor of Medical Science in the University of Cambridge. The Congregation…

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Professor Jenn Ashworth shares new memoir-in-progress at Honorary Fellowship event

Professor Jenn Ashworth (NC 2000) attended a special event at Newnham to mark her Honorary Fellowship. Jenn is Professor of Writing at Lancaster University and studied English at Newnham, matriculating in 2000. She completed…

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The group photo shows the Principal and Fellows in 1936, with Pernel Strachey (front row, 3rd from left), Alda Milner-Barry (middle row, 4th from left), and Dorothy Garrod (back row, 3rd from left).

Research uncovers secrets of Newnham women sent to codebreak at Bletchley Park  

New exhibition tells the incredible story of Newnham College women’s war work, at Bletchley Park and beyond More than 70 former students of Newnham College were secretly recruited for World War Two codebreaking work…

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Professor Julia Gallagher

Margaret Anstee Centre seminar: How Architecture Makes States

Global studies research centre launches new lecture series Professor Julia Gallagher (Kings College London) explored political authority through state architecture in sub-Saharan Africa, in a talk hosted by the Margaret Anstee Centre at Newnham…

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head and shoulders photo of Eva Smith

What’s in a name? The story of Eva Smith

Karin Horowitz (NC 1978), Honorary Associate explores the life of fellow Newnham alumna Eva Smith, immortalised through one of our postgraduate accommodation houses. I lived in Eva Smith House for three years when I…

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International PhD students (left to right): Chisom Ifeobu; Sally Montgomery; Tamara Zambiasi; Noor Mazhar

Postgraduate focus: Tackling big world challenges

One of the factors that makes Newnham such a stimulating intellectual environment is the presence of a large, diverse body of postgraduate students who come from a wide range of educational systems and many…

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Book cover and portrait of Clare Balding

Cambridge Literary Festival features Newnham alumnae this Spring

Booking is now open for the annual Cambridge Literary Festival and this year there are several speakers with strong links to Newnham. Former Principal of Newnham, Dame Carol Black, will be chairing Nobel Prize-winning…

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