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Freedom of the City

The Chamberlains Office have resumed Freedom of the City ceremonies. This picture is of soon to be Liveryman Alex Hambro and the Deputy Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court.

Testimonials

A selection of quotes from Scholars, Apprentices, Freemen and Liverymen.

There are two things I really enjoy about the company: being part of the City of London traditions and having the opportunity to talk to like-minded people – both commercial and academic – to get new ideas for business.
As my apprenticeship with SIM has now, sadly, come to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to express my immense gratitude for the care and support that I have been shown by the Company over the past five years, both financially and academically. It is no exaggeration when I say that this support has been of huge value to me. The financial support has had very direct, obvious benefits (rent in Cambridge is expensive!), but, perhaps more importantly, the academic support and advice that I have had from you has definitely helped inform some fairly big decisions for me over the years, and also kept me motivated when things have seemed difficult.
My Arkwright grant funded a residential Maths camp and, at an engineering taster day at Cambridge, I learned about the mechanics behind the ‘chain fountain’ phenomenon. An Arkwright visit to a company called TTP opened my eyes to the possibility of working as a researcher in industry. Through WCSIM I also attended a fascinating lecture on the science of invisibility by Professor John Pendry, which covered the topic of meta-materials with negative refractive index, encouraging me to explore this area further.