Q&A with Sir Robin Millar CBE (1970, Hon Fellow)

For members of The 1448 Society & The Arthur Armitage Society

We were delighted to welcome Sir Robin Millar CBE (1970), one of the College’s ten new Honorary Fellows, to give a Zoom talk to members of The 1448 Society and The Arthur Armitage Society on November 22nd.

"[I] came to Queens' College - my alma mater, your alma mater - and the place where my real life began. Suddenly, it was okay to be me."
Sir Robin Millar CBE (1970)

An award-winning music producer, activist and disability advocate, Sir Robin is also blind as the result of retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive condition that was already affecting his sight when he was at Queens’ studying Law. He spoke on the topic of ‘Turning points, resilience and finding meaning in suffering’, followed by an inspiring Q&A with alumni.

Emily Walsh, Development Officer, said "We are so grateful for the support of all members of The 1448 Society and The Arthur Armitage Society. These talks are just one of the ways we can give something back to those who generously support the College, all while keeping the Queens’ intellectual community alive well beyond graduation."

You can view the trailer for Sir Robin's talk below:

To find out how to watch the recording of Sir Robin's talk in full, and to be invited to attend similar talks in the future, find out more about The 1448 Society for regular givers and The Arthur Armitage Society for legators.

Previous talks have included 'What has particle physics ever done for me?' by Dr Pippa Wells (1983), Deputy Director for Research and Computing at CERN, and 'Of ice and men: displaying British polar exploration at the National Maritime Museum' by Dr Claire Warrior (1993), Senior Exhibitions Curator at the National Maritime Museum.

"'Don't worry, we can work around that.' Every 
single word in that sentence made the fear melt away and changed my life. We can work around it, not you, we can work around it. I still use this phrase as the best possible way for an employer or someone looking to bring people into a college or a university to reassure an applicant that they will be able to give of their best."
Sir Robin Millar CBE (1970)