New Director of Admissions announced

Black and white portrait photograph of Dr Marcus Tomalin

Dr Marcus Tomalin has been appointed Trinity Hall’s new Director of Admissions and will take up post on 1 September.

As Director of Admissions, Marcus will fulfil a crucial role in College by managing the undergraduate admissions process and leading initiatives to encourage applications from under-represented demographic groups. He will also take responsibility for postgraduate admissions.

Marcus brings a thorough understanding of the University admissions process and a strong relationship with Cambridge. He was a student at Robinson College, but joins Trinity Hall from Downing College, where he was a Fellow and Admissions Tutor for many years. Marcus’ research interests focus on various aspects of natural language, including the relationship between mathematics and linguistic theory. Most recently he has sought to develop language-based artificial intelligence systems that are designed to be more ethical.

Commenting on his appointment, Marcus said: “I’m delighted to be joining Trinity Hall, and I’m very much looking forward to becoming part of the community. All aspects of admissions are being scrutinised extremely closely at the moment, both within the University and beyond. As Director of Admissions, I will do my best to ensure that the College continues to admit students from all social and educational backgrounds who have the greatest academic ability and potential, and that this is done in a fair and transparent manner.”

The Director of Admissions is a new role at Trinity Hall that combines the admissions responsibilities of the Undergraduate Admissions Tutors for Sciences and Arts.

Dr Clare Jackson, Senior Tutor at Trinity Hall, said: “Appointing a full-time Director of Admissions is an exciting and significant initiative for Trinity Hall. Marcus brings a wealth of admissions-related experience and I’m very much looking forward to working with him to expand and develop existing access and outreach initiatives, to ensure that the College continues to attract and recruit the very best undergraduates and postgraduates of the future.”