Trinity Hall in Hong Kong
20 September 2014
Professor Martin & Dr Claire Daunton with Professor Peter Mathieson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong
For the past seven years Trinity Hall representatives have been travelling to Hong Kong annually to meet with alumni and donors, forge new links and reach out to local schools to encourage children to apply to Cambridge. This year was no exception, despite the best efforts of typhoon Kalmaegi to change our plans.
Trinity Hall alumni dinner
September 2014 was Professor Martin Daunton and Claire Daunton’s last visit to Hong Kong as Master of the College. Over 50 people attended this year’s alumni dinner at the Hong Kong Club on 17th September. We are grateful to Dr Winston Poon (1972) for his help with the booking. We are pleased that so many were able to join us for such a convivial event. We have around seventy alumni in Hong Kong and will be hosting an alumni event again next year.
Hong Kong University & Cambridge: the Centre for Medical Law and Ethics
We were also pleased to be part of the celebrations of the partnership between Hong Kong University and Cambridge University in their development of a Centre for Medical Law and Ethics, which has been generously supported by the WYNG Foundation and Hatton Trust. Thanks to their donation, Trinity Hall will have a Research Fellow in medical law and ethics in the near future. Professor John Spencer, Professor Emeritus of the Law Faculty gave the WYNG-Hatton lecture on “Criminalising sickness? Liability for the transmission of disease”, following the ceremonial re-signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two Universities.
Trinity Hall Admissions Tutor, Dr Andrew Murray, visited nine schools during the week dispelling myths about Cambridge and explaining the admissions process. The main event for the past three years has been a session open only to students from government-run non-fee-paying secondary schools, organised jointly by Trinity Hall and our local collaborators: the WYNG Foundation, the Philomathia Foundation and the HK Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, with assistance from local members of the Friends of Cambridge University. Andrew spoke to 100 children from 40 different schools before the presentation for the Hong Kong Schools Essay prize.
Hong Kong Schools Essay Prize
The year was the first year that the Hong Kong Schools Essay Prize took place. The prize is also generously supported by the WYNG and Philomathia Foundations. The competition is open to those aged under 16 who are currently studying at government-run non-fee-paying secondary schools. The prize is intended to attract high quality applicants who may then consider applying to Cambridge. The three winners received an expenses paid trip to Cambridge during the Cambridge Open Days in July including the opportunity to have a supervision on their 500-word essay, the theme of which was “Poverty”. Three runners up received places on the 2014 Hong Kong Summer School that Andrew organises in conjunction with the Canadian International School. The theme for next year ‘s essay is “Air” and essays must be submitted by mid-March.
- Lee Sheung Yi of Munsang College
- Tsang Shek Long of S K H Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
- Dexter Yuen of Diocesan Boy’s School
We are grateful to all our friends and alumni in Hong Kong who made us feel so welcome and for the continued generosity of the WYNG Foundation and Philomathia Foundation. We look forwarding to returning next September.