How You Have Made a Difference
Support from alumni and friends have transformed lives of students as well as the fabric of the College’s buildings. Here are just a few stories showing how donations to Trinity Hall have helped make a difference.
Philomathia Africa Programme
A donation from the Philomathia Foundation, plus a grant from the Isaac Newton Trust, has enabled the establishment of the Philomathia Africa Programme within the department of Politics and International Studies, directed by Trinity Hall Fellow in African politics, Dr Adam Branch.
The programme is committed to creating innovative research and teaching collaborations with African universities, scholars, and students. Eight MPhil students and two PhD students from African Universities will be coming to Cambridge over the next five years. They will be members of Trinity Hall and will be doing their MPhils in African Studies and their PhDs in Politics and International Relations.
Their research will focus on the theme of African Justice and Transformation, exploring topics of crucial contemporary importance, including environmental violence, forced migration, transitional justice, and higher education. The programme will also launch a new international research agenda led by Dr Adam Branch titled From Climate Conflict to Climate Justice. It will place climate justice at the centre of the adaptation agenda in Africa, going beyond the standard view of climate change as a security threat.
Several major conferences will be held at Trinity Hall on this theme over the next five years to share the publications and policy interventions, developed with academic and activist partners across the continent, with a broad international audience.
The grant from the Isaac Newton Foundation will enable the establishment of a postdoc position and five one-year visiting Fellowships connected with the programme. The donation will also enable an annual lecture within the Centre for African Studies from a pre-eminent African speaker to take place.
The first Philomathia Scholars will start in October 2018. They include:
- a PhD student from Kenya who will be researching police violence against poor urban youth in East Africa, and will ask how youth can become an active part of democratic governance despite the regime of state repression they live under.
- a Masters student from the Ivory Coast working on the politics of the International Criminal Court’s intervention in Ivory Coast, asking about its repercussions for democracy in the country.
- a Masters student from Tanzania researching corporations’ involvement in development projects in Francophone West Africa, asking about the limits of the dominant corporate social responsibility model.