As we navigate our way through our third lockdown In the UK, it would be easy to feel despondent as we all remain physically separated. However the Churchill community is stronger than ever, and we will continue to bring you weekly updates of the exciting work being done by our Members, both in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and in many other fields. Here’s what has been happening in the last few days.

ERASMUS student, Kuan-Chun Chen, wrote about their experiences of living at Churchill during lockdown.

Fellow and Economist, Professor Diane Coyle, wrote about the importance of economic optimism for the post-coronavirus recovery (subscription required).

Fellow and Poet, Bhanu Kapil, was interviewed by The Guardian after winning the TS Eliot Poetry Prize.

Extraordinary Fellow and Mathematician, Professor Benedikt Löwe, has been elected by the Mathematische Gesellschaft in Hamburg to be their Archivist and to serve on the board for one year. The Mathematische Gesellschaft in Hamburg was founded in 1690 and is the oldest existing mathematical society in the world and the second oldest German scientific society.

Fellow and Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter called on the government to release a greater level of detail on the vaccination programme.

Fellow and social psychologist Dr Sander van der Linden’s work was profiled by Rolling Stone magazine in a feature article called The Disinformation Vaccine: Is There a Cure for Conspiracy Theories?

Research by our Junior Research Fellow, Dr Leor Zmigrod, has mapped an underlying “psychological signature” for people who are predisposed to holding extreme social, political or religious attitudes.

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