It has been a difficult year for us all, but news of great work undertaken by members of our community is uplifting. This includes those who are continuing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and those working in many other fields. Here’s what has been happening in the last few days.

Current student, Isabel Biddle (U18) was a member of the Cambridge team that won the Ladies BUSA Team Racing event held 12-13 June at Rutland Water SC.

Fellow and head of the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing group, Dr Ronan Daly, has co-led research which has demonstrated how a typical touchscreen could be used to identify common ionic contaminants in soil or drinking water by dropping liquid samples on the screen, the first time this has been achieved.

Research by alumnus Dr Ross Hendy (G13), a former police officer, has given an insight into how those on the front lines make spur of the moment decisions when witnessing lower level crimes, a process that he has dubbed “suspicioning”.

Fellow and Immunologist, Professor Adrian Liston, is the group leader of a team that had research published in Science Immunology which provided two solutions with potential to overcome a key clinical limitation of immune cell therapies.

Fellow and Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, Tim Oates, wrote about how the ‘hyper problem’ of interrupted learning can be solved.

Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter has co-authored an op-ed for the Observer which discusses life expectancy and COVID-19.

Junior Research Fellow, Dr Aditi Surie von Czechowski, was interviewed by Vogue Singapore for an article on how sexual violence is a hidden impact of the climate crisis.

Fellow and social psychologist Dr Sander van der Linden joined BBC’s Newsnight to discuss what we have learned from ‘freedom week’ and the consequences (starts 17m 25s).

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