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Merton News

February 2017

Following the building's sudden closure after asbestos was found during refurbishment works, the College has stepped in to offer temporary premises for those affected.

A set of new light fittings is being installed in the Chapel, replacing the Victorian candle holders that have been in use for over 150 years.

On March 13, Merton College Choir wll sing the first ever Anglican Evensong to be celebrated at the altar of the Chair of St Peter in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

January 2017

On Wednesday 11 January, BBC Radio 3 broadcast Choral Evensong live from the Chapel; the service included music by Britten, Ayleward, Dyson, Holloway, and Messiaen.

Third-year postgraduate astrophysicist Sandor Kruk was joint leader and coach of the UK team who competed at the 2016 International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in India in December.

Last term, experts from The York Glaziers Trust carefully removed one of the Upper Library's 39 leaded stained glass windows from its lancet in the eastern wall. The window was taken to York, where the Trust carried out cleaning and repair work on the glass.

Merton's Tutor in Pre-Clinical Medicine is part of a seven-strong team setting out to map the heart’s nervous system, who have been awarded an $8.6m grant from the US National Institutes of Health.

December 2016

The college has collaborated with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and The Stuart Hall Foundation to create the studentship, which will run from 2017-2020.

On Thursday 1 December, Sir Martin Taylor FRS was presented with the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony at the Guildhall.

October 2016

Mr Booth, who matriculated in 1976 and read Modern Languages, is chair of the Pallant House Gallery Board of Trustees, and of the Chichester Diocesan Board of Finance.

They give their first public performance on Wednesday 12 October, when they sing Evensong at 6:15pm in the Chapel.

September 2016

Professor MacLaren and a team of surgeons at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital have performed the world’s first operation inside the eye using a robot.

August 2016

We have recently begun to actively manage Music Meadow and Great Meadow, the area next to the college's playing fields over by St Catherine's College.

Merton's Professor Peter Neary has been named as President-Elect of the Royal Economic Society, and will serve as President in 2017-18.

The Third Biennial Symposium on Metabolic Regulation, in memory of Merton's former Biochemistry Tutor, was held in São Paulo in July this year.

July 2016

Two major building projects get underway this summer here at Merton, ensuring that our 13th-century buildings remain fit for 21st-century use.

Professor Paterson has been appointed as the new Head of Department for Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, with effect from October 2016.

Merton's Professor of Corporate Finance Law has been appointed as a member of the Securities and Markets Stakeholders Group for a 2½ year term.

June 2016

We are delighted to announce that we are now an accredited Living Wage Employer. The college joins over 2,500 employers nationwide in guaranteeing an hourly rate of at least £8.25 to all of our employees, whether full-time or part-time.

Professor Peter Holland has been awarded the 2015 ZSL Frink Medal, the Society's highest award for significant and original contributions by a professional zoologist to the development of the science.