Webinar: ‘Communicating in times of coronavirus’ by Professor Sir Simon Wessely (1975)

Date & timeThursday, 4 March 5:30pm - 6:30pm
CostFree of charge
Booking closing date Thursday, 4 March 12:00pm
Event type Webinar

Join us on Thursday 4 March for our fourth Trinity Hall alumni in academia webinar. We look forward to welcoming Professor Sir Simon Wessely (1975), Trinity Hall alumnus, Professor of Psychological Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College and the Maudsley Hospitals.

The webinar will take place at 5.30pm (GMT) on Thursday 4 March and will last approximately 30 minutes with an opportunity for Q&A at the end. There is no charge to attend however booking is required. This webinar will be hosted live via Zoom.

Please note that this webinar is not being recorded. 


‘Communicating in times of coronavirus’


Communication has never been more important, and never been more difficult. COVID-19 creates a threat to our physical and mental health, but in order to reduce that threat, we actively impede the best way in which we maintain good mental health – communicating with others. Communicating with populations is essential to ensuring compliance with necessary public health measures – but is fraught with difficulty. Everyone does it, few do it well. No doubt this seminar will also be a practical demonstration of all of the above.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely (1975) is the country’s only Regius Chair in Psychiatry, has been a Past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Royal Society of Medicine, runs a unit specialising in military health and is the Adivsor in Psychiatry for the UK Armed Forces and is heavily involved in research into mental health and COVID. He also used to be on SAGE.


Professor Sir Simon Wessely is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College and the Maudsley Hospitals.

Simon studied medicine and history of art at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and finished his medical training at University College Oxford, graduating in 1981. He obtained his medical membership in Newcastle, before moving to London to train in psychiatry at the Maudsley. He has a Master’s and Doctorate in epidemiology. He is a Foundation Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal Society of Medicine and is also chairing the Independent Review into the Mental Health Act. In 2020 he was appointed to the Council of the ESRC.

He has over 800 original publications, with an emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, population reactions to adversity, military health, epidemiology and others. He founded the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, which is now the main source of information on the health and well-being of the UK Armed Forces past and present and has been Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army since 2001, He has co-authored books on chronic fatigue syndrome, randomised controlled trials and a history of military psychiatry, although sadly none of them are best sellers.

He is active in public engagement activities, speaking regularly on radio, TV and at literary and science festivals. He is a trustee of Combat Stress and his contributions to veterans’ charities include cycling (slowly) eight times to Paris to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

How to register

Online: Online booking is now open – please click here.

By email: Contact alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk with your name and how you are affiliated with the College. If you are an alumnus/alumna of the College, please include your matriculation year.

Please register no later than midday on Thursday 4 March.

You will receive the joining instructions by 3.30pm (GMT) on Thursday 4 March which will include the link to Zoom. If you have not received the link by this date and time, please check your spam box before contacting alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.


If you have any queries, please contact Emma Grieveson on alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

Donations to the Student Support Fund

There is no charge to attend the webinar however, we would be incredibly grateful if you would consider donating what you may have spent on a drink on a night out to our student support funds. Donations will help students facing unexpected financial challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. No gift is too small as collectively, we can make a huge difference to our students. Thank you.

“My grant enabled me to purchase technology which meant I could continue with my doctoral research remotely. This funding has mitigated some of the recent challenges by allowing me to continue with data analysis and chapter writing during lockdown. I am extremely grateful to the donors for their generosity during these challenging times.” Current PhD student

Why not donate the cost of a drink from the Aula Bar:

£2.00 Cappuccino | £3.80 Trinity Hall Ale | £2.50 Pint of Lager
£3.00 Gin | £6.90 Bottle of wine
| £18.20 a round of all the above

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