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The Anthony Close Scholarship

Clare College is pleased to invite applications for the Anthony Close Scholarship, which supports research leading to a PhD in Spanish and Spanish American Early Modern literature and culture. This is open to graduates of any University; the successful candidate will be expected to conduct his or her studies within the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University and also to be a postgraduate member of Clare College. Find out more..




CBC Boatman launches new project

Anton Wright, Clare College boatman and one half of the world-record breaking team that rowed the length of the Amazon in 2013, has launched an outreach project designed to introduce local youngsters to rowing.

He is hoping to recruit youngsters who have struggled at school or, for whatever reason, have had limited opportunities, to help him repair to boat which carried him and Dr Mark de Rond (Judge Business School) 2077 miles down the Amazon in September last year. In return for their help, Anton will teach them how to row and lead them in an attempt to row the entire navigable length of the Thames.

Anton, who has also rowed across the Irish Sea and attempted to sail across Atlantic, said: “It… would be incredibly impressive for a group of young people to achieve. It’s not something we would do for them, they would have to work for it themselves and I think it could be life-changing for some of them - a completely new experience that might inspire them to do other great things.”

He hopes that the project will show that rowing is not ‘a closed shop’ and that anyone can have a go at it, regardless of where they go to school or university:

“I think every young person can have a go and take a completely different experience out if. Rowing does not have to be just about Henley, it’s about leadership and team-building, and it would have benefits for Cambridge.” He added.

Schools or youth groups interested in the Thames project can contact Anton via email at:




Junior Research Fellowships 2015

The Junior Research Fellowship competition is now closed.

These Fellowships, which will start on 1 October 2015, are intended for researchers who are in the early stages of their careers.

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Sir Philip Dowson CBE PRA RIBA, 1924 -2014


It is with deep regret that the College announces the death of Sir Philip Dowson CBE PRA RIBA, alumnus (1947), Honorary Fellow and architect of the Forbes Mellon Library and Cambridge's Lion Yard.

Sir Philip Dowson was one of Britain’s foremost architects. Educated at Gresham's School, Norfolk, he spent a year reading mathematics at University College, Oxford, before joining the Royal Navy during the Second World War and serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. He returned to study Art History at Clare College, from 1947 to 1950, and then trained at the Architectural Association.

He joined the engineering firm Ove Arup and Partners in 1953 as an architect and in 1963, with Ove Arup, Ronald Hobbs and Derek Sugden, became a founding partner and later chief architect of Arup Associates. An innovative and collaborative team of influential architects, engineers and quantity surveyors, Arup Associates' approach to design was rational, scientific, and based on a belief that the function of a building, the nature of the materials used and the necessary methods of construction should form the basis of design. Sir Philip's lasting legacy to Clare is the Forbes Mellon Library, built according to his design in the centre of Memorial Court. It has been highly praised for the sympathy in which it blends with the original court by Giles Gilbert Scott, and its popularity as a place of study, particularly for our undergraduates.

Among numerous awards and honours, Sir Philip Dowson was made a CBE in 1969, and received a Knighthood in 1980. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1979 and two years later was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. He was President of the Royal Academy of Arts from 1993 to 1999. He is survived by his wife, Lady Sarah Dowson MBE, his son, two daughters, and six grandchildren.




Clare wins gold at NUS Environmental Impact Awards


The College’s exceptional environmental and ethical standards were recognised at the University’s National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact Awards 2014 ceremony.

Over 40 departments, faculties and Colleges across the University were nominated for the Cambridge awards, part of a UK-wide scheme run by the NUS to “bring staff and students together with their wider communities to enable and showcase positive changes in environmental practice.”

Only six entrants received Gold Awards, including Clare College, so we are rightly very proud! Special thanks and congratulations go to our ‘Green Impact Team’ which is populated by Deborah Hoy (Buildings Manager), Jackie Searle (Head Housekeeper), Lee Corke (Catering Manager), Fingal Plumpton (UCS Green Rep 2013) and Jamie Osborn (UCS Green Rep 2014) from our very active Environment Committee and supported by Andy Brewer (Maintenance Foreman) and Paula Yardy (Catering and Buildings Administrator).

Clare College has a longstanding commitment to the environment, and came top of the Cambridge Colleges Green Management rankings for three years running - between 2009-2011. The University joined the NUS Green Impact initiative in 2012, with the College seeking accreditation this year.

Prof Andrew Balmford, Chair of the Environment Committee said:“While much remains to be done, a clear indication of the commitment of key staff and the potential of the systems we are now putting in place came with the tremendous and very recent news of the College’s success in Green Impact – the University’s environmental accreditation scheme. This is focused on the level of all-round engagement in improving environmental performance. The Clare team, led by Deborah Hoy, has succeeded in winning a Gold Award – a hugely impressive achievement, and remarkable given that this is their first application to the scheme.”




Lord Grabiner QC elected Master

Lord Grabiner QC has been elected to succeed Professor Tony Badger as the next Master. Lord Grabiner will take up his role as Master in October 2014 with the start of next academic year.

Lord Grabiner, who became a life peer in 1999, was educated at the Central Foundation Boys’ School, Hackney, then at the London School of Economics (LSE) and also completed his LLM there in 1967.

He has had a distinguished career as a barrister since first being called to the Bar in 1969 where he has practised continuously as a member of One Essex Court and is Head of Chambers. He has represented, amongst others, HM Treasury, Apple, and Liverpool FC.
Lord Grabiner became a QC in 1981. He is a Deputy High Court judge in the Chancery division and Commercial Court, and is also currently the Treasurer of Lincoln’s Inn. He was Chairman of the LSE’s Court of Governors from 1998 to 2007, having been a governor at the school since the early 1990s. He also lectured in Law at LSE and Queen Mary College, University of London, in the late sixties and early seventies.

Commenting on his election, Lord Grabiner said: ‘It is an honour to have been elected as the next Master of the lively academic community that is Clare College. I aim to continue the excellent work carried out under Professor Tony Badger’s leadership in meeting the numerous challenges facing the College in the future, especially in ensuring that the college remains accessible to students of all social backgrounds.’



Clare Through Time

Answer to the contrarie at your perill 

Each month, Clare College archives aims to present a document that gives an insight into the College's history during that same month but from any particular one year from the College's foundation to the present day. For this month’s featured document, please click here.

For past featured documents please click here.

Studentships & Scholarships:


The Denman Baynes Studentship: Physical Sciences

The Anthony Close Scholarship

Nigel and Judy Weiss Research Studentship

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Clare Choir Launches Website 

The Choir's new website, has today been launched. Here you can read testimonials from the College's many distinguished musical alumni, listen and purchase online the Choir's recordings, view images of the latest tours and much more.

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Clare College Music Society Concert - The Creation

Former Director of Music Tim Brown returned to conduct the Clare College Music Society in Haydn's The Creation. The concert was held at West Road with Stefan Kennedy and Nick Mogg among the soloists.

 Photo by Victoria Bullard-Smith




Clare Paintings featured on the BBC's
Your Paintings website

Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections and museums from across the UK.
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Halfway Hall Dinner 2012 & Alumnus of the Year Award

A standing ovation was given to Dr Alice Welbourn (1979) by second year students after her speech at the annual Halfway Hall Dinner

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