During these testing times it’s reassuring to hear about all of the hard work being done by the Churchill Community to both manage and inform about the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as other work and achievements that have taken place. Here’s what has been happening in the last few days.


Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter spoke to the New Scientist about how we can understand what numbers can and can’t tell us about the pandemic.

Economist Professor Diane Coyle wrote a piece predicting that COVID-19 crisis will intensify political and regulatory scrutiny of Big Tech.

Alumnus and co-lead author and postdoctoral training fellow in the Structural Biology of Disease Processes Laboratory at the Crick Institute, Antoni Wrobel (G11), is part of a team of researchers doing some research into the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2.

Head of the Institute of Manufacturing, Professor Tim Minshall, commented on the news that two teams of Cambridge engineers have been recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic with the President’s Special Award for Pandemic Service.


Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter was announced as the recipient of the 2020 Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture for bringing key insights from the disciplines of statistics and probability vividly home to the public at large, and to key decision-makers, in entertaining and accessible ways. He also commented on research into the risks of moderate drinking.

Junior Research Fellow Dr Leor Zmigrod has been selected as an honorary early-career fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study the next academic year. She will be the Gretty Mirdal Junior Chair in Brain, Society, and Culture.

Research led by Teaching Fellow and Engineer, Dr Tawfique Hasan, has found the “coffee ring effect” could help optimise printing techniques.

Fellow and Geologist, Dr Neil Davies, was featured in an article looking at the origins of mud for Knowable Magazine.

Alumna Holly Welsby (U16) has spoken about how her studies led her to recent role as a Peer Support Coach for the mental health charity MIND.

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 comms.manager@chu.cam.ac.uk.