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 was quoted in an opinion piece on how ‘Young pessimists’ and ‘old optimists’ differ on virus risks.

Social psychologist Dr Sander van der Linden appeared on the BBC News, talking about the psychology behind the wearing of face masks.

Economist Professor Diane Coyle discussed whether Covid-19 was accelerating automation as firms increase their use of AI in order to substitute for workers.

Alumnus Charlie Wartnaby (U88) is doing part-time software development for Project RED, who are developing a low-cost ventilator to provide life support for anyone who needs it.

Alumna Lizzie Elgar (U16), along with her brother James, has co-founded an app intent on changing the world. ‘now-u’ aims to educate, inspire and empower people to tackle the most pressing problems today. Their first campaigns are focused on issues exacerbated by the pandemic: domestic abuse in the UK, refugee welfare and resettlement in Europe and water, sanitation & hygiene in low- and middle-income countries.


Teaching Fellow in Mathematics and Research Fellow in the Atmosphere-Ocean dynamics group in DAMTP, Dr Alison Ming, co-wrote a blog post for the Cambridge Zero on the recent record breaking temperatures in the Arctic.

During lockdown, staff member Janos Czoevek has been able to finish his children’s book, Detective Tot’s Little Suspects. A video he has made of the process can be watched here, and he is now seeking a publisher for his work.

Past Fellow (1984) and former Senior Tutor, Professor James (Jim) Bennett, has been awarded the Sarton Medal, the History of Science Society’s highest award.

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.