Hamish Thomas, Andrew Tang and Matthew Sutcliffe - NZ Honorary Members and Girdler's Scholars
Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
The New Zealand Society and the Worshipful Company of Girdlers are proud to announce the introduction of Honorary Membership of the New Zealand Society to the current Girdlers' Scholars. This Spotlight we will focus on our three new members.
In 1950, at the instigation of the 3rd Viscount Brentford, the Worshipful Company of Girdlers decided to provide a scholarship for an outstanding New Zealander to come to England to study for a degree. The Worshipful Company of Girdlers has had an association with New Zealand since 1933 and in 1952 resolved to set part of its income aside for the purpose of a scholarship to enable distinguished New Zealand school students to undertake a degree course at either Oxford or Cambridge. For its undergraduate degree it is now specifically Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
During their residence at Cambridge, the Scholars’ personal wellbeing and academic progress will be monitored by members of the Girdlers' Company through visits each term to Corpus Christi, by discussions with the Senior Tutor and other members of the Faculty and through meetings at Girdlers’ Hall in London at such times as the Scholars are invited to attend various functions hosted there including the Waitangi Day service.
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide New Zealand students who have distinguished themselves in their school in New Zealand with the benefit of residence within Cambridge University, not only to take an honours degree but to broaden their outlook by taking advantage of their experience as undergraduates at Corpus Christi College and Cambridge University. As well as achieving academic qualifications, special consideration will be given to the all-round qualities of the candidates and the contribution that he or she might make in the future to developments in New Zealand. It is a pleasure to welcome our three new honorary members, four including the post grad Honorary Member from Oxford University (in our next Spotlight), and learn a bit more about what they do and how they settled in. Let's find out more about them and hopefully you will be able to meet them at one of our events.
Hamish Thomas (3rd year)
Born and raised in Christchurch, I grew up with a passion for the outdoors: skiing, tramping, swimming, the classic Kiwi stuff. The Cambridge lifestyle can somewhat restrict one's ability to do these kins of things, however I still find ways to keep myself busy; I play sports (Climbing, Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee) and I am quite involved in student theatre (currently I hold two committee positions in Cambridge's largest improv troupe The Cambridge Impronauts).
I am a physics finalist, specialised in theoretical physics with a particular interest in quantum mechanics and teaching.
Andrew Tang (2nd year)
Kia ora! I am Andrew and I am incredibly proud to call myself a Wellingtonian born and bred. Currently studying economics at Cambridge, my academic interests lie in public policy: I have previously worked in research at the university and in the New Zealand Civil Service, most recently representing our country in Hong Kong on the Prime minister's Scholarship to Asia.
I am extremely privileged to spend almost all of my spare time debating for the Cambridge Union which has taken me to a remarkable variety of places from Cape Town to New York to Bali and everywhere in between over this past year. I am also a keen runner and have greatly enjoyed getting involved in the strong running scene here, most recently competing in the Vitality London 10,000.
I look forward meeting you all at the future New Zealand Society events!
Matthew Sutcliffe (1st year)
Wellingtonian. I am the youngest of the Girdler's Scholars studying at the University of Cambridge, reading in Human Social and Political Sciences. My course tries to look at the big social and political questions through anthropological, sociological and political perspectives. Outside of the academic life here I do my best to run along to the athletic track when I can and I am also trying my hand at debating in the Cambridge Union.