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Hughes Hall announces new Honorary Fellows

We are delighted to confirm the election to our College Fellowship of two Honorary Fellows.

Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Professor Dame Alison Peacock is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a professional body that seeks to raise teachers’ status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary, and advisory roles.

Dame Alison’s specialism in education resonates strongly with Hughes Hall origin as a teaching college for women as well as its innovative research centres and ongoing academic strengths.

Dame Alison reflected: “I am delighted to be elected as an Honorary Fellow at Hughes Hall – a College with such a rich history in education and an ongoing commitment to progressive pedagogical research provides a fascinating and inspiring landscape within which to enrich my work and broaden networks. I look forward to playing a part in Hughes Hall’s development and to meeting the College members who underpin its growth.

Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching

Dame Alison is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College, Cambridge, and of UCL. She is a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University, and a trustee for the Helen Hamlyn Trust as well as Big Change. Her research is published in a series of books about ‘Learning without Limits’ offering an alternative inclusive approach to school improvement.

Justice Prathiba Maninder Singh

Justice Singh is a Permanent Judge of the High Court of Delhi, is widely published in the field of law, and has won a number of awards in recognition of her accomplishments in many aspects of the legal profession. She is also a Hughes Hall alumna and combines a personal affinity with the College – and with Cambridge – with the legal excellence and international relevance for which Hughes Hall is well known. The University’s Prathiba M. Singh Scholarships for LLM are granted to Indian students who have secured admission at Cambridge and Justice Singh was recently invited by the Vice-Chancellor to join the “Circle of Advisors” for India.

Graduating from University Law College, Bangalore, Justice Singh went on to represent India at the Philip C Jessup Moot Court competition in Chicago. She was offered the ODASSS scholarship by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust to study LLM at Cambridge and enrolled with the Bar in 1991.

Justice Singh said: “I studied at Hughes Hall in 1991-92, exactly thirty years ago. Cambridge and Hughes have contributed immensely in the growth of my career and life both by giving me a world vision and creating bonds of friendship that are strong to date. I take this election as a responsibility to further strengthen this vision and for taking forward the Cambridge-India ties. I graciously accept this Fellowship of Hughes.”

Justice Prathiba Maninder Singh, Permanent Judge of the High Court of Delhi

Before being elevated to the Bench, she was a leading Intellectual Property lawyer in India and a managing partner of Singh & Singh. She has regularly appeared before the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, TDSAT, IPAB, Trademark and Patent Offices. She was appointed as Amicus Curiae by the High Court of Delhi to streamline the working of the Copyright Office and to the Committee for streamlining patent examinations.

Dr Anthony Freeling, President, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dame Alison Peacock and Justice Pratibha Maninder Singh to our Fellowship; it is an honour to strengthen our leadership with senior professionals from worlds with such relevance to our history, our research and our vision. Making a difference within the fields of education and of law are central to Hughes Hall’s purpose and their experience will help to shape our future.”

Further information

The senior membership of Hughes Hall comprises a broad range of professional academics at all stages of their academic careers, from early career researchers developing their research profiles to established professors directing world-class research, as well as professionals from a variety of non-academic backgrounds.

The College’s Governing Body, which has overall responsibility for the College and is the committee of charity trustees for the College as a charity, is made up of a core group of Fellows. However, the broader senior membership, is comprised of Honorary, Life, and Quondam Fellows, as well as By-Fellows, Associates, Research Associates, and Visiting Scholars. These individuals represent the core academic, cultural and institutional leadership of the College community.

Senior members of all categories, with individual profiles, are listed on the senior members pages.