During these testing times it’s reassuring to hear about all of the hard work being done by the Churchill Community to both manage and inform about the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as other work and achievements that have taken place. Here’s what has been happening in the last few days.


Fellow and Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter discussed the difficulties of comparing the coronavirus data of different countries, and discussed the real risks of dying from Covid-19.

Social psychologist Dr Sander van der Linden wrote a piece for The Times about the need for clear rules in public spaces as lockdown eases (subscription required).

Senior Research Fellow and Computer Scientist Professor Ross Anderson commented on the latest developments regarding the UK’s contract tracing app.


PhD student Osarenkhoe Ogbeide launched New Africa Comics, a start-up comicbook company and the home of great stories inspired by African mythology, culture and people.

Poet and By-Fellow Bhanu Kapil has been awarded a 2020 Cholmondeley Award by the UK Society of Authors. These awards are given to poets for their general body of work and contribution to poetry. The judges called her “one of the most original and important poets of her generation(from 7:00).

Fellow and Director of Studies in Management Studies, Professor Daniel Ralph, is a co-editor of the new book Beyond Bad Apples, which focuses on the role of organisations in managing their risk culture, challenging the idea that risk stems from chance circumstances or rogue behaviour.

From whelks to Winnie the Pooh, Sir David Spiegelhalter also joined the Better Known podcast to discuss six things which he thinks should be better known.

We will continue to keep you informed of all of the work being done by the Churchill College Community. If you have any news you would like to share, please get in touch by emailing comms.manager@chu.cam.ac.uk.