Today, Hughes Hall conferred The Duke of York with an Honorary Fellowship. This was granted in recognition of His Royal Highness’ work to encourage enquiring minds in business and entrepreneurship through programmes such as Pitch@Palace. The day marks a milestone in the college’s distinguished history of excellence in subjects such as business and economics, as alignment between the interests of College and The Duke of York will help forge new opportunities for students over time.
During his visit, His Royal Highness had the opportunity to learn about Hughes Hall’s exciting new flagship programme, The Bridge. This programme is designed to provide advice and guidance to researchers, from senior Fellows to students, who want to see their ideas and discoveries have real impact in the world of public policy, commerce, NGOs, charities and elsewhere.
As a newly conferred Honorary Fellow, His Royal Highness expressed gratitude for the recognition and after talking about making an impact in the world of business, education and technology said ‘we can do it together’.
In addition to being conferred an Honorary Fellow, The Duke of York opened Hughes Hall’s brand new 85 room student accommodation, Gresham Court. After years of planning, and the generosity of donors, College’s vision of creating the best possible living environment for students was realised. Its accessible, modern facilities provide students with state of the art accommodation. The design of Gresham Court focusses on energy demand minimisation with the utilisation of Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies. This energy efficiency is an important consideration for Hughes Hall’s socially responsible students and the University of Cambridge’s measures to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability.
Students come to Hughes Hall from all over the world, attracted by the college’s international reputation and inclusive, friendly ethos. A celebration of the social and cultural richness that international students bring can be found on the hand-crafted metal gate, rendered with 116 marsh marigolds, each flower representing a country from the college’s global alumni community.
The President commented: ‘We are delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of York as an Honorary Fellow. His Royal Highness’ interests in education and skills, science technology and engineering, and especially entrepreneurship are a tremendous fit with our own priorities to bridge the academic and external worlds and our new initiative on translating research, The Bridge. We are also delighted that His Royal Highness could open our new accommodation building which provides facilities so that we attract the brightest and best from around the world. We are extremely grateful to everyone involved in the project, from the acquisition of the land to the architecture, design, project management and construction for creating such an attractive space appropriate to its setting.’