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.

Fellow and Economist, Professor Diane Coyle, commented on the UK budget announcement (starts 20m 40s).

Alumna and honorary Fellow, Dr Helen Czerski, wrote about how the heating and cooling process used to make glass extra-strong also leaves it vulnerable to even a small crack.

Master of Churchill, Professor Dame Athene Donald, discussed the discovery, in Magdalene’s Old Library, of almost 50 rare books and pamphlets owned and annotated by Mary Astell, the writer and philosopher considered to be the first English feminist (starts 49m 10s).

Fellow Professor Matthew Kramer’s latest book, Freedom of Expression as Self-Restraint, has been published by OUP.

Former Junior Research Fellow Professor Chaoyang Lu (G08), is the 2021 recipient of the Rolf Landauer and Charles H. Bennett Award in Quantum Computing.

Fellow and Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter spoke about the falling Covid-19 death rates, and discussed the need for better data literacy, the effect of the vaccination roll-out on COVID numbers and his talk at the Cambridge Festival with Tim Harford (starts 1hr 12m). He was also awarded an honorary fellowship from the UK’s Market Research Society as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations, and will be a keynote speaker at their Impact 2021 conference next week.

For International Women’s Day Domestic Manager, Rosemary Saunders, spoke to us about her twenty years at the College and the challenges of the last twelve months.

Junior Research Fellow, Dr Leor Zmigrod, spoke about the research evaluating the link between cognitive disposition – differences in how information is perceived and processed – and ideologies in The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast. She also spoke to us about to us about how she has continued to lead the way for young people in STEM during the last twelve months.

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