Merry Christmas From Magdalene
We are delighted to share the annual Christmas address from the Master, Dr Rowan Williams.
Thank you so much for your continued support during the past year and we look forward to welcoming you at one of our events in 2019!
Christmas address from the Master, Dr Rowan Williams
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
As we come towards the end of another year at Magdalene there is plenty of good news to report. Not least on our Future Foundations Campaign, the ground has been broken for the new library building and we are confident that we will get to our target of £25 million. The Campaign is a crucial part of our planning for the future. A future which we hope will go on being characterised by the same kind of academic and sporting excellence that we have seen in the last year or so and also by the continuance of the kind of community that we so value and want to be.
Last year once again over 90% of our graduating cohort emerged with a first or a 2.1. We also had the unusual achievement of the Fellows boat last summer of a quadruple overbump on the river which I’m told is only the second time in history that this has happened.
We continue our work with outreach, and this year we are very proud to say that we reached and exceeded the target we had set ourselves for outreach to less advantaged, less traditionally advantaged communities in this country so that our admissions reflect a much wider more inclusive spectrum than ever before.
We have marked a couple of anniversaries lately. The 30th anniversary of the admission of women to Magdalene was marked by an event organised by the new Magdalene Feminist Society, and the Magdalene Law Society also celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner and a memorable address from the former Lord Chief Justice, Igor Judge.
More recently, the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the greatest of our Honorary Fellows was marked by a seminar and a dinner here in College, reminding us of our international links and our international vision, and also reminding us of one of the people whose own personal vision plays such a significant ongoing part in our sense of who we are and who we want to be.
So this has been a year in which I think we have seen Magdalene at its best. We are immensely grateful for all of the support that we have form our alumni across the world. Confident that they do see themselves as a continuing part or our community.
So as I wish you on behalf of the College, a very happy Christmas. I hope that our fellowship in every sense will continue in the year ahead, our cooperation in building a community we can be proud of here at Magdalene, a community that will serve this country and this world in a time of great need and crisis, by going on and producing the very best people we can help to form here. Thank you.