News summary for 1 June 2020
The Company is still having its regular Committee and Court Meetings. We are still receiving applications for membership and processing them. The Clerk and the Almoner stay in touch with our more vulnerable members and a bulletin is sent out every other week by email and post for those without email. The Clerk and Assistant work mostly from home and meetings are held on Zoom. In the background events are being planned from September onward dependent on government guidelines, so please look at the calendar on a regular basis. We anticipate holding virtual admission ceremonies in the coming month in part because we can, and to manage the backlog as we have 32 people waiting to be admitted across all categories of membership.
Our members have not been idle. Freeman George Singer has launched a competition called the George Singer Drawing Challenge (#georgesingerdrawingchallenge) to try and engage children in design and art activities. Children have been asked to draw chandeliers but not normal chandeliers - ones full of imagination.
Liveryman and Court Assistant Prof Philip Thomas, Professor of Risk management at Bristol University has contributed enormously to modelling the impact of COVID-19 and one article based on his work can be found here. Liveryman and Court Assistant Prof Stephen O'Connor continues to work with IPEM who aim to promote the advancement of physics and engineering for public benefit, something obviously in need at present. Many of our academic members are either involved in managing the transition to online teaching, research and examination.