College Events

Find out more about regular College events for alumnae and students running throughout the 150th Anniversary period, including Commemoration and further installments in our ‘Wicked Problems in a Complex World’ series.

Saturday March 12th, 2022 - Newnham Associates Spring Party 2022

We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet in person at College for our Spring Party. This will be an informal, social event and a wonderful time to see the College gardens coming to life again after the Winter!

The bookings have now closed for this event. For any query, please email

Saturday March 19th, 2022 - Lent Term Lunch

For parents and supporters of Newnham students in their first year.

This event is sold out.

Friday April 8th 2022 to Sunday April 10th, 2022 - Commemoration Weekend

We are delighted to welcome back the following matriculation years for our Commemoration Weekend, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1997, 2012 and 2000, 1990, 1980, 1965.

Friday evening is welcoming the years 2000, 1990, 1980, 1965 for their reunion dinner in lieu of the 2020 reunion that was postponed due to COVID. Principal Alison Rose will be among the 1980 cohort celebrating their 41st Anniversary.

Saturday evening welcomes 1952, 1962, 1972, 1997 to their commemoration, with 1972 celebrating the 50th anniversary.

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Friday 7 May 2021 Ruth Padel, Professor of Poetry: the Jane Harrison Memorial Lecture

Divinity, Hormones and the Forest

For the Jane Harrison Lecture, Ruth Padel will bring together different strands of her work – on tragedy and Greek religion, poetry and Charles Darwin, science, nature, and wildlife conservation – to ask how we respond to the destruction of wilderness today.

Ruth Padel will explore ways of understanding the ancient Greeks’ relations with their gods, suggested by discoveries in physiology, archaeology, psychology and biology, made at the time Harrison was writing. She will suggest metaphors, drawn from ways we ourselves understand the world, for the operation of divinity on human emotions and bodies in a polytheistic society – especially divinities associated with nature and wildness.

Can such metaphors help us think about our relation to the nature and wilderness we now see disappearing and degrading?

The Jane Harrison Memorial Lecture has been hosted by Newnham since 1928. It was created to honour the memory of Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) who studied and lectured in Classics at the college, and was renowned for her public lectures on Greek art and for her unconventional and outspoken views. She wrote on a variety of subjects, from the Russian language and literature to women’s suffrage and herself.

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Sunday 11 April 2021 The Roll Annual General Meeting

The Roll Annual General Meeting will be held virtually.

The AGM will be held at 6pm, on Sunday 11 April 2021.

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Saturday 10 April 2021 Virtual Commemoration: 1951, 1961, 1971, 1996 & 2011

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to be serious, we have decided to take the scheduled Commemoration for those that matriculated in 1951, 1961, 1971, 1996 & 2011 online. There will be a programme of live online events, as well as pre-recorded content for you to enjoy in your own time.

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Thursday 1 April 2021 In Conversation: Marin Alsop and Sandi Toksvig

Join us online for an in conversation event with our Honorary Fellows, conductor Marin Alsop and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig.

Marin and Sandi will discuss music, comedy and their careers in these historically male dominated fields. Join us online for an evening with two of Newnham’s favourite rebellious and witty women.

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Friday 19 March 2021 Digital Concert with Anne Denholm

Join us for a pre-recorded concert with harpist Anne Denholm (NC 2010), followed by a live Q&A with Anne.

The concert will begin at 6pm, Friday 19 March 2021.

Please book your place here. 

Saturday 13 March 2021 Virtual Associates and Students Career Workshop: Navigating your Career - How to Get Started

This workshop is for you if you are a current Newnham undergraduate or graduate student and you’re not yet sure about what you want to do at the end of your studies, or if you have some ideas but feel daunted by taking the next steps. 

The workshop will cover: 

Where am I now? Reflecting on your situation and your interests, values and strengths 

Where do I want to be? Identifying and finding out about possible work options; who to talk to; what employers are looking for; and stepping-stones towards possible goals 

What can I do now? Developing yourself and gaining relevant experiences while you are studying; what skills you can be working on right now; getting work experience; how you will articulate what you have to offer 

How do I help myself cope with the challenge of career planning? How to fit career planning and job search into your busy life with minimum stress 

This workshop complements other recent Associate Career Workshops which have focussed on specific sectors or occupations. Here we are dealing with your career planning, decision-making and job getting as a process or integrated set of activities. The workshop will help you think about choices and actions using practical exercises. You will do some of this work at the workshop and can continue it afterwards. You will also have the opportunity in the workshop to share your concerns and ideas in small group conversations. 

As part of participating in this workshop you will be expected to have a follow up conversation with one of the facilitators, either one-to-one or in a very small group of students from the same workshop. 

The workshop will be limited to 24 students to support facilitated small group activities and personalised follow up. It is therefore essential that anyone booking commits to attending and to doing the practical work. 

Please book your place here.

Monday 8 March 2021 Raleigh Music Society Concert

Monday 1 March 2021 Wicked Problems in a Complex World: Climate Change with Sian Kevill

The second installment in our ‘Wicked Problems in a Complex World’ series will see former BBC World News director and now documentary producer, Sian Kevill (NC 1979), tackling the ‘Wicked Problem’ of climate change. 

This event will take place by Zoom, at 6pm, Monday 1 March 2021.

Please book your place here.

Tuesday 12 - Thursday 14 January 2021 Virtual Visit to USA and Canada

As part of the Development Office’s virtual visit to the USA and Canada, we will be hosting a number of live virtual events.

The virtual visit will include a 150th Anniversary Celebration briefing on Tuesday 12 January 2021 (12 noon for East Coast and 9 am for West Coast); an informal virtual reception on Wednesday 13 January 2021 (12 noon for East Coast and 9 am for West Coast) at which we will be making use of breakout rooms to allow for socialising (we advise having a drink to hand for toasts); and an introduction to our inaugural Catherine Seville Lecturer in Law, Dr. Sinead Agnew on Thursday 14 January 2021 (12 noon for East Coast and 9 am for West Coast). The Zoom information will be shared nearer the time with those who confirm their attendance.

We will also be setting up a webpage that will host new videos, specially produced for the virtual visit, which may be viewed on-demand at a time that suits you. As so many alumnae ask about the gardens, our students, and the buildings, we thought we would bring them to you in virtual form. There will be a new tour of the gardens with Lottie, our Head Gardener talking to Ann Thomas, who is a student reading Plant Sciences. There will be a new film of the Dorothy Garrod Building, as well as a video showing our students sharing news and their experiences of Newnham with you.