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.


Economist Professor Diane Coyle has been named one of the directors of the new Productivity Institute and leading one of its eight major research themes. The new national effort to boost British productivity will bring together expertise to tackle questions of job creation, sustainability and wellbeing, as the UK looks to its post-pandemic future.

Emeritus Fellow Professor David Newbury has argued that the UK’s transport policy needs to change direction as the economy starts to exit from lockdown.

Past Fellow, Dr Stephen O’Rahilly (1992 – 2006) commented on how weight may be the major modifiable risk factor for severe covid-19.

Alumnus Dr Antonio D’Ammaro (G11) was part of the team that received the President’s Special Award for Pandemic Service from the Royal Academy of Engineering. Antonio, who works Beko plc R&D in Cambridge, was the project manager for the project.


The first chaplain of Churchill College, Canon Noel Duckworth, was profiled by Cambridge Independent, with a focus on how he ensured his comrades’ survival in the Japanese prisoner of war camps.

Alumna Professor Alison Light (U73) has won the 2020 PEN Ackerley Prize – the only prize for autobiography/memoir in the UK – for her memoir A Radical Romance.

Founding Fellow, Professor Bryan Birch, won the Sylvester Mathematics medal at the 2020 Royal Society Awards.

Churchill Scholar Professor Jonathan Bagger has been named the next CEO of APS.

Churchill Scholar Dr Emily Balskus has been named as one of two recipients of the $1m Alan T. Waterman Award, the NSF’s most prestigious prize for scientists under 40 in the United States.

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.