Professor Nidhi Singal tells the story of her time at Hughes Hall, the college at which she has spent more than half her life, in pictures and memories.
Thanks, Hughes Hall, for celebrating the many incredible women who shape this college. We stand on the shoulders of some amazing trail blazers!
This month (March, 2023) I complete being a Hughesian for more than half my life! This is an appreciation for the college which has shaped me: a chance to celebrate and reflect on “how it started and how it’s going” (and the little things in between).
The college estates have expanded significantly over the last few years, but this oldest red brick building remains my firm favourite.
My students’ journeys are central to my own development.
Being a Research Fellow taught me invaluable lessons on navigating life as an ethnic minority woman in a very white academic space. I found my purpose (and also learnt what I didn’t wish to become).
We hand painted Ganeshas on the walls.
Many acts of thoughtfulness have shaped me, while exclusions have spurred me on to bring change.
Simply, thank you Hughes Hall for what you stand for and seek to be.
May you continue to grow stronger as an inclusive, innovative and impactful college. Arriving as a young woman, far from home, with no links to this University or island and no idea about academia, you have been an enabler!
By Hughes Hall Vice President, Professor Nidhi Singal: www.hughes.cam.ac.uk/about/our-people/seniors-members/nidhi-singal/.