Conversations with Dame Barbara Stocking, President, Murray Edwards College

Conversations with Dame Barbara Stocking, President, Murray Edwards College

Saturday 13 September 2014, 7pm
Singapore (venue TBC)
£12 per person (approx. SGD$25) for cost recovery
We are pleased to invite you to join us for an evening featuring a special conversation with Dame Barbara Stocking and an opportunity to meet fellow College alumnae. Dame Barbara will share perspectives from a survey of women who went up to Murray Edwards College, New Hall, through the years from the College’s founding to the present. This survey includes what they took away from the Cambridge years, their aspirations, career directions, and advice for young women of today. Dame Barbara will also share insights on the non-profit sector from her years as Chief Executive of Oxfam

We encourage all alumnae of the College and guests to join us. If you know of any alumnae in Singapore who have not received this invitation, please do forward it on to them as we would love to be in touch.

The event costs £12 (approx. SGD$25) per person. To book a place please click the button below to pay on our online shop.


Oxbridge Goes to the Museum

Sebastiao Salgado’s Exhibition ‘Genesis’ at the National Museum of Singapore

Saturday July 26, 10:30am

Committee member and art advisor Bonnie B. Lee (Selwyn, Cambridge) will guide a small group around the National Museum Singapore’s current exhibition of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s latest series, ‘Genesis’. Already the museum’s highest attend exhibition ever, ‘Genesis’ debuted at Natural History Museum London last year to record crowds and has been touring museums in Paris, Rome, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Lausanne, Berlin, Stockholm, and soon, New York, Shanghai, and Seoul. The National Museum show is its Asia premiere. In 250 images taken on every continent of the world, and nearly a decade in the making, Salgado captures the pure, untouched, and largely unseen beauty of the natural world.

This event is free to Oxbridge members and will be limited to 12 people.

Please email Bonnie and cc Dominic to reserve a slot. Bonnie will email you directly with details.

Update on Interview Training Session at British Council

On Saturday, 28 June a group of volunteers worked together with Committee Member Tyler Hung and the British Council to run a pro-bono interview workshop, with the aim being to demystify the process and guide students in their university preparations. The event was well attended by at least 25 students and we received strong positive feedback, as well as successfully mentoring students to places.  More details to come.

Members of the Committee and the subcommittee on education received detailed briefs from Cambridge themselves, and a number of colleges are planning on getting involved in future iterations!

Thank you very much to our volunteers for spending a Saturday afternoon with the students and to Tyler organising and coordinating. Tyler co-leads the subcommittee on education, so do please email him if you want to get involved in future events.

Fireside Chat with Dame Carol Black

Venue: 21 Chee Hoon Avenue [kindly note the change in venue]
Date: 16 April 2014, Wednesday
Time: 6.30pm-9.00pm
Fee: $25 for cost recovery (Both members and non members)

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Professor Dame Carol Black has had a pivotal role in addressing the issues of health and the workplace in her decades-long illustrious career that includes prominent appointments such as the first UK National Director for Health and Work, President of Royal College of Physicians, and her current role as Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.

As the author of the landmark review of Britain’s working age population that was presented to UK Government to broad cross-party support, Prof. Dame Black will share the challenges she identified through her research to health and well-being in working life and the reforms she recommended to improve overall occupational health that consider human, social, and environmental factors beyond mere clinical diagnoses. Prof. Dame Black will provide insight into the interconnected topics of work and health at public policy and at personal levels that often go unconsidered. As a leader in her field, she will also talk about her experiences as a woman in leadership roles and bring her perspectives to young ambitious career women today.

    Further Background

Professor Dame Carol Black was trained as a medic and was first appointed Professor, then Head of Rheumatology at Royal Free Hospital, London, where she was Medical Director from 2000-2002. The Centre she founded there is internationally renowned for its research on connective tissue disease. From 2002-2006, she was President of the Royal College of Physicians (only the second woman president in its 500-year history), and then held the position of Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges until 2009. She was the first National Director for Health and Work, leading independent reviews in 2008 and with David Frost CBE in 2011 that were presented to UK Parliament.

She has served in leadership roles of numerous charities and foundations throughout her career, including the British Lung Foundation and the UK Health Honours Committee, and is currently Expert Adviser to the UK Department of Health; Chair of the Governance Board, Centre for Workforce Intelligence; Chair of the Health at Work network; and Chair of the Nuffield Trust, which is dedicated to improving healthcare policy. Prof. Dame Black is also a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. In 2013, she was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK by Women’s Hour on BBC4.