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THA Symposium: Social Entrepreneurship

Date & timeSaturday, 22 September 2:00pm - 5:00pm
LocationTrinity Hall
CostNo charge
Booking closing date Thursday, 20 September 12:00pm
Dress code Casual

Message from the Trinity Hall Association

We are excited to announce that the THA Cambridge dinner will be preceded by the launch of the THA Symposium which has been designed to provide an insight in to the research life of the College today. A number of Trinity Hall graduate students will give short presentations on their work under a theme of ‘a quest for knowledge; a passion for change’. They will be joined by a panel of experts, drawn from the alumni and wider Cambridge community, who will open the discussion to the floor. Further details on speakers to follow.

Social Entrepreneurship

The recent THA Award winners show that many Trinity Hall students want to apply their knowledge to solving problems, righting wrongs or driving social change. It is the case for graduates undertaking research too. This is not just about using science and technology to meet a market or societal need. Technology alone rarely delivers the desired result. Real problems have many facets; real solutions involve many disciplines. The impact of social media and the concerns about the emergence of artificial intelligence are topical examples. Trinity Hall has a distinct advantage over single-discipline institutions. Graduates in physics and engineering rub shoulders with medics, lawyers, economists, linguists, philosophers and psychologists.

Bishop Bateman of Norwich founded Trinity Hall to solve a problem: the shortage of clergy in the aftermath of the Black Death. Today he might be called a “social entrepreneur” or a visionary who could put “ideas in to action”. This symposium provides a rare opportunity to showcase the work of a new generation of visionaries walking in his footsteps.


14:00 Graham Storey Room open
14:30 Welcome from the THA President
14:35-14:55 Philipp Verpoort (2016), Sortition Foundation
14:55-15:15 Catriona McGill (2010), Head of Technical Development, Desolenator
15:15-15:35 Stephanie Hohn, Post Doc Research Associate
15:35-16:00 Tea and coffee in the Graham Storey Room
16:00-17:00 Panel discussion featuring:

Jennifer Howard Grenville, Professor in Organisation Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School (Chair)

Pieter Knook (1977), Chairman Bullitt Group

Alistair Ross Russell (1983), Founder of Amenti Partnership

Further information about the speakers is available – please click here

The THA Cambridge dinner and AGM will take place after the Symposium, from 6pm.


THA Cambridge Dinner – further details


Booking and cost

There is no charge to attend the Symposium and you are invited to bring a guest. Tickets for the Symposium and dinner can be booked separately for those not not wishing to attend both events. For information about the THA Cambridge dinner, please click here.

Online booking is now available and booking closes at midday on Thursday 20 September. If you would prefer to book by phone, please contact Emma Grieveson in the Alumni and Development Office on +44 (0)1223 332550. Alternatively, please download a booking form.

Guest list

A guest list will be available to view online in due course. Please note that login to will be required.


Accommodation will be available for the Saturday night. This will be in –

  • single student rooms on Central Site (£42 for B&B)
  • single ensuite rooms at Wychfield (£46 room only or £56 B&B)
  • double rooms at WYNG Gardens on Thompson’s Lane (prices ranging from £74-£128)

Breakfast for both Wychfield and WYNG Gardens guests will be served on Central Site.

If you wish to stay overnight, you will be given the option to add accommodation during the online booking process. Additional nights may be available, please contact Emma Grieveson in the Alumni and Development Office on +44 (0)1223 332550 or email to enquire.


To cancel a booking, please email or contact +44 (0)1223 332550 as soon as possible.


If you have any queries, please email or contact the Alumni and Development Office on +44 (0)1223 332550.