Video: Duke of York visits for the launch of the Bridge

We have produced a video to remember the Duke of York’s visit and the launch of The Bridge. It celebrates an important day for all of us at College and includes some great interviews with fellows and students as well as footage from the day. You can also read a full report of the Duke’s visit and the Bridge launch workshop here.

On 22 May 2019, Hughes Hall welcomed HRH the Duke of York, Honorary Fellow, at the launch of its exciting new research translation initiative, The Bridge. The Bridge at Hughes Hall leverages the College’s multi-disciplinary perspective, international nature and external focus to bring the research and expertise of its academic community to solve real world problems. The Bridge facilitates interaction and connection between academic experts and policy-makers, practitioners and industry leaders to promote dialogue, understanding and innovation. It drives the translation of research and knowledge, turning brilliant ideas into lasting change, and equips our researchers to progress successfully in their future careers, whether in academia or the wider world.

His Royal Highness became an Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall in 2018 when he pledged his ongoing support for students and the wider aims of the college. During his recent visit, the Duke of York had the opportunity to meet students representing the MCR, sports teams and societies, and those specialising in the sciences and humanities. His Royal Highness heard about their experiences of college life and academic interests. Students enjoyed sharing some new ideas with their peers and hearing the Duke’s views on the relevance of entrepreneurship to so many areas of current research.

Dr Anthony Freeling, Hughes Hall President, said: “This was an important day for all of us at the College to remember and celebrate. It was a privilege to welcome our Honorary Fellow, the Duke of York, back to Hughes Hall. His expertise in business and entrepreneurship is a highly valuable resource for us and his support and connections will be critical as we develop The Bridge initiative and strive to translate some of the best thinking on the planet into the best solutions for all – in ten years’ time, we will have changed the world for the better.

A Bridge workshop session followed, providing a dynamic platform from which four groups were able to explore important links between entrepreneurship and a number of Bridge Centres and projects: Regulating the Digital Economy; Oracy and Teaching Philosophy of Science; Climate Change Engagement; and 100 Healthy Years. His Royal Highness summed up his thoughts on the launch by focusing on the role of pioneers in entrepreneurship; he highlighted the importance of The Bridge in making positive societal change for future generations, and expressed his personal pleasure in returning to the College to share in such an important occasion.

His Royal Highness said: “It is a huge pleasure to be here today to recognise what is happening in The Bridge and this opportunity to support knowledge transfer. In the world of entrepreneurship we are lacking pioneers and I’m very interested to meet people making change, in new and different ways, for the next generation, to right some of the wrongs of previous generations. The Bridge can help to produce new ideas and boost new thinking in ways that support new businesses, and create new policy, to change the world.