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.

College Senior Archivist, Natalie Adams, has qualified as a Fellow of the Archives and Records Association (ARA). Fellowship is the pinnacle of ARA professional registration. Applicants must demonstrate the highest levels of professional knowledge and experience. They must also demonstrate their commitment to professional development and lifelong learning, and evidence contributions they have made to the advancement of the archives and records management profession.

Alumna and honorary Fellow, Dr Helen Czerski, wrote about the everyday physics behind dogs’ ability to dry themselves thanks to their twistable spines and loose skin.

Extraordinary Fellow and Mathematician, Professor Benedikt Löwe, has been elected to serve on the Board of the “Nederlandse Vereniging voor Logica en Wijsbegeerte der Exacte Wetenschappen” (Dutch Association for Logic and Philosophy of the Exact Sciences; VvL) for six years (2021-2027). Within the VvL Board, he is part of a small core team that is in charge of modernising the statutes and liaising with the national funding agencies in the Netherlands.

College Head of Grounds and Gardens, John Moore, will be appearing on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s The Great Outdoors programme at approximately 10:20am on Sunday 7th February. He will be discussing the College’s group of plants named after Sir Winston Churchill, which have received the status of National Plant Collection by Plant Heritage.

Fellow and Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, Tim Oates, commented on the case for keeping GCSEs, following a report from the think tank EDSK calling for the end of the qualifications.

Fellow and Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter appeared on BBC Radio 4’s More or Less, discussing COVID-19 infection, vaccines and death rates. He also wrote about how the recipients of the vaccination are prioritised.

Fellow and social psychologist Dr Sander van der Linden commented on the allure of conspiracy theories.

Junior Research Fellow Dr Leor Zmigrod has won the Science Award at the Women of the Future Awards.

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