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Ogden Gala Dinner

Last week, to coincide with the 6th Ogden Physics Forum, over 250 friends and supporters of the Trust gathered at Churchill College to celebrate the 15th Anniversary Year of the official launch of The Ogden Trust.

A gala dinner was attended by the Ogden family trustees, alumni and associates of the Trust and many more who are actively engaged in the Trust’s current programme of activities.

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“Physics allows you to appreciate the beauty and orderliness of nature but more importantly it gives you the tools to understand nature and its manifestations. To offer rational explanations of why things are as they are and even to speculate on why we are here, our origins in the cosmic universe and even a glimpse into what our future might be. Surely this should be of interest to us all?

Gala Dinner - Photographer Ben Carpenter

Guests appreciated the fantastic hospitality of Sir Peter Ogden and his family, whilst networking with a host of people determined to make physics matter. They were also treated to a special performance from Ogden Guildhall School of Music alumnus Nicky Spence – now an acclaimed tenor with albums and innumerable worldwide performances to his name.

A short film on the Trust gave a great insight into how much has already been achieved in realising the Trust’s passion to put physics at the forefront of education, whilst acknowledging there is always more to be done.

 

 

Alumni at the dinner bore testament to how the Trust has changed their lives, opening doors to opportunities Gala Dinner - photographer Ben Carpenterthey had not thought possible.

Bhavik Bhatt spoke on behalf of the alumni offering thanks and applause for the work of the Trust: "The support of the Ogden Trust is repaid in the goals and achievements of every scholar - every degree, A-level result and job offer is individually a thank you to each of the trustees for the financial and moral support that they have so selflessly given to us all. I can't speak for everyone when I say I would not be where I am today without the support of the Ogden Trust. I have recently built  a satellite in Singapore boasting a world's first-of-its-kind technology. Had it not been for the Ogden Trust that opportunity would have remained a dream so I personally would like to thank everyone at the Trust for giving me the opportunity to make my dreams a reality."

Sir Peter also addressed the guests, reaffirming his passion for education, and in particular physics education. Whilst the programmes offered by the Trust may have evolved, the passion and commitment remains constant:

“We are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of The Ogden Trust. Things have changed over these 15 years, with new people and new programmes. But the central tenet and objectives have not changed.Gala Dinner - photographer Ben Carpenter

“We want to inspire people to develop their interest in physics whether in school, college or university and through outreach projects in the community at large.

“Everyone, irrespective of gender ethnicity or family circumstances should have the opportunity to study physics.

“Yes we are that passionate about this.

“Why?

“Physics allows you to appreciate the beauty and orderliness of nature but more importantly it gives you the tools to understand nature and its manifestations. To offer rational explanations of why things are as they are and even to speculate on why we are here, our origins in the cosmic universe and even a glimpse into what our future might be. Surely this should be of interest to us all? 

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“We have developed different programmes at the Trust to encourage the study of physics. We start young with primary school education through our Phiz Lab programme. We offer financial support to students who want to study physics – levelling the playing field for those from less privileged backgrounds who struggle with school and university fees. We have a special focus on young women to encourage them to study physics through summer schools and mentoring.

“We extend our reach beyond the support of individuals through our successful strategic partnerships between state schools, private schools and universities. Together they develop joint learning experiences and share resources.

“It is not only those starting off on their physics journey that we support but also those leading them. Teachers are the key to inspiring young people to show interest in physics. We need more teachers trained to teach physics to A-level standard and our Teach Physics programme funds summer internships giving students a first taste of teaching;  and we offer financial support to encourage teachers to do a PGCE in physics.

Gala Dinner - photographer Ben Carpenter“Programmes are all very well but we need very special people to deliver them. We are all very lucky to have a Gala Dinner - photographer Ben Carpentercadre of dedicated professionals working for the Trust: employees, consultants and volunteers.

“To you all: University Science Officers, Outreach Co-ordinators, consultants, advisors and Teacher Fellows. We thank you for all your contribution. I would like to thank all the staff who work in our Cambridge office for their efforts throughout these 15 years and in making this 15th anniversary such a special event.

“Thank you to Carlos for his continued support. It is hard to compact 13.9 billion years into 30 minutes particularly with Tim and his team as timekeepers. [Professor Frenk presented earlier in the day at the Physics Forum].

“But finally I would like to make special thanks to Tim. We have worked together for over 15 years and the enthusiasm and dedication he showed in the first year as we started on our mission has not been diminished over the ensuing 15 years and we, the Trustees, owe a deep thanks of gratitude to Tim.“

 

 

Photography: Ben Carpenter