Development Board Email – April 2014

Welcome to the first monthly Development Board email.


Corporate Partnership Programme
Member Relations
Student news
College news
Pembroke in the news
What’s happening in April 2014?

Spring in the Orchard 2014


Full figures for March 2014 can be downloaded here. Highlights include:

  • Totals YTD: new pledges: £4,062,499, new cash received: £1,846,758 = total new business £5,909,257
  • Totals for March: new pledges of £694,640 and new cash gifts received of £30,762 = total new business £725,402.13
  • £472,803 of new pledges committed come from three Corporate Partnership renewals: Cheyney – 5 years at £40,560 p.a.; BG – 3 years at £40,000 p.a.; UCB – 3 years at £50,000 p.a.
  • Receipt of £2.5M pledged gift from the Noah Foundation to endow the Mohamed Noah Fellowship in Asian Politics

Legacy Mailing – 522 members who matriculated between 1942 and 1960 were mailed with a copy of the legacy brochure. So far six Members have responded to confirm that they have included the College in their Will, or intend to do so. The number of legacy pledges now stands at 406 (340 confirmed legacies, 66 legacy intentions).

Telephone Campaign 2013 – Edward Button completed the 2013 Telephone Campaign pledge chase calls. The final figures for campaign are:

Amount raised by callers: £120,300
Matching gifts: £17,400
Post campaign pledge chases: £34,400
Total raised: £172,100

Pembroke Leavers’ Group – By the end of the Lent Term 18% of the graduating year (23 people) had pledged a PLG donation. With gift matching the total raised so far is £4,148.

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Corporate Partnership Programme

Since being appointed in January, Corporate Partnership Manager Dr Isabel DiVanna has undertaken a thorough review of the College’s corporate programme, examining how best to maximise the benefits for both Pembroke and its partners. During March, Isabel, Matthew Mellor and Jane Moorman continued to work on building and managing relations with existing corporate partners, and to expose them to the many and varied possibilities of working together. Matthew and Isabel also travelled to Cheshire to meet with the chief executive and senior officers of Wheatsheaf Investments (part of the Grosvenor Group).

New Corporate Partnership Programme webpages have gone live.

Partner news:

  • Cheyney, UCB and BG Group all renewed their corporate partnerships in March
  • Vanke hosted the EMBA’s International Business Trip

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Member relations

PCBC Association Dinner (2 March) – This year it coincided with the Lent Bumps dinner; 24 Members attended.

3rd Annual David Andrews German Lecture (formerly the Xchanging German Lecture) – On Monday 3 March Professor Martin Roth, Director of the V&A spoke about ‘Culture and Conflict 1914-2014: Reflections in the World War I centenary year’. This was followed by a panel discussion with Professor Christopher Clark FBA (1987), Professor David Reynolds FBA and Professor New Lebow of KCL.

San Diego drinks – Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly (Fellow, Clinical Medicine) held a drinks party at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa on Thursday 6 March for Pembroke members and other Cambridge alumni living in Southern California while he was at a conference there.

Fifth Annual Cook’s Company Lecture (10 March) – Professor Sir David Baulcombe and Professor Tim Lang debated ‘Feeding the 9 billion: what will contribute to sustainable solutions?’ The Cambridge News coverage of the lecture can be found here.

Professor Yasheng Huang fielding questions at inaugural China Goes Global Lecture

Professor Yasheng Huang (Photo: N Luckhurst)

Inaugural ‘China Goes Global’ Lecture (12 March) – Professor Yasheng Huang of the MIT Sloan School of Business spoke at the Cambridge Judge Business School on ‘Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics’. The event was sponsored by CRCC Asia and Pembroke Member Tom Kirkwood (1987). The inaugural recipient of the CRCC Asia Pembroke Internship, Paddy Kirkham (2011) was announced before the lecture.

PCCS Northern Dinner (28 March) – 17 Members and their guests dined at the Leeds Club. A biennial event it is organised with the help of David Sneath (1966). Mr Sneath is working with the Development Office to encourage a greater level of attendance at the 2016 event.

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Student news

As usual, the last few weeks of Lent Term saw a flurry of sporting activity.

Football – PCAFC achieved promotion to the 1st Division with a game in hand and also reached the final of the 2014 Cuppers competition where they faced 1st Division team Jesus at Grange Road on 7 March. After a hard-fought match, in which they lost their talismanic captain Rory Scott (2011) to a clash of heads in the first half, they lost 4-3.

PCAFC Cuppers Finalists 2014 (Photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

PCAFC Cuppers Finalists 2014 (Photo: N Luckhurst)

Pembroke supporters (Photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Pembroke supporters (Photo: N Luckhurst)

Rugby – PCRFC had a very difficult season, largely thanks to an exodus of players the previous summer and a slew of injuries, including a broken leg and two torn ACLs. In one match they were unable to field eleven of the regular first fifteen players. Despite fighting to the end the team were relegated back to Division 2.

Rowing – Despite a very useful training camp in Seville over the Christmas break, the bad weather restricted the number of outings crews were able to take during Lent Term and as a result only five boats entered the Lent Bumps. The 1st Men’s VIII was PCBC’s outstanding crew, rising three places to fifth in Division 1. Unfortunately the 1st Women’s VIII were overbumped on the first day and then bumped on the remaining 3 days, so dropped six places to 14th in Division 1. M2 went down 3 places, W2 went down 1 place, while M3 rose two places. Full Bumps charts can be viewed here.

Clare Hall (2009) rowed at bow for the Cambridge Women’s Lightweights.

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College news

Mastership election – Five candidates have been shortlisted and the first round of interviews will be taking place in April. There will be two rounds of interviews and candidates will also be invited to dine on High Table to meet as many of the Fellowship as possible.

Easter International Progammes courses – 72 pupils from Nihon High School studied content-led language classes that incorporated topics including British Art, History and Culture. 16 students from Seikei University Students studied language together with a short lecture course on British History and the choice of one of two full lecture courses, either Art and Architecture or Contemporary Britain.

Pembroke Mile – Mark Nelson (2012) easily won this year’s Pembroke Mile on 2 March, having helped Cambridge take the 4x800m relay Varsity record at Pickett’s Lock the day before. In total 38 students, Fellows and staff members participated, donating £5 to the Pembroke African Scholarship Scheme.

Master’s farewell tour of Asia and Australia in November – the timetable for the trip has been agreed with Sir Richard and the local representatives in each city. The timetable can be viewed here.

If any board member is going to be in the vicinity of any of these alumni events and would like to attend, the College would welcome their presence.  Matthew and Nami Morris will be flying out in June to prepare the ground for Sir Richard’s visit.

On 22 March 97 Members who matriculated in 2007 came back to attend their MA Congregation (photo: Tessa Montague)

On 22 March 97 Members who matriculated in 2007 came back to attend their MA Congregation (photo: T Montague)

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Pembroke in the news

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe (Fellow, Criminology) questions the effectiveness of the National Referral Mechanism, introduced in 2009 to help and support victims of trafficking in her article: “Without paperwork I am nothing. I do not appear to exist”

In the Lent edition of CAM, English undergraduate Gabrielle Schwarz (2011) explains why Gardies is such an important Cambridge institution (p.11) and Professor Robin Franklin (Fellow, Veterinary Medicine) writes about the book which most influenced him (p.44) CAM 71

Dr Krzysztof Koziol (Fellow, Materials Science) is quoted in a BBC article asking ‘Why do start-ups flock to Cambridge?’

Marie de St Pol praying to St Cecilia

Marie de St Pol praying to St Cecilia (Photo: CUL)

Cambridge University Library has digitised its copy of the Breviary of Marie de St Pol, which dates from the decade before the foundation of Pembroke. You can view the manuscript here.

Nicholas Ray, the architect who advised the College with the recent redesign of the Hall has published an academic paper on the work, which can be downloaded here.

And finally…
Science writer Ed Yong (2009) delivering a TEDx talk on parasites and Free Will (because who doesn’t love zombie cockroaches…):

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What’s happening in April 2014?

  • The inaugural Paris Dinner on 2 April at Les Philosophes in the Marais, attended by Professor Jan Maciejowski (Fellow, Engineering)
  • The Framlingham Feast on 11 April
  • Edward and Nami will travel to New York to meet Pembroke Members attend the official launch of the Pembroke College Circle at the Yale Club of New York on Saturday 12 April
  • Return of the undergrduates for Easter Term on Easter Sunday
  • Meetings with corporate partners Zurich Insurance, BG Group and possible future partners, Felda and Wheatsheaf Investments.
  • The retirement of Dr Alan Dawson (Fellow) as Director of International Programmes after more than 20 years
  • Professor Howard Erskine-Hill’s (1980) memorial service, 14.30, Saturday 26 April
  • Discoveries: Art, Science & Exploration exhibition at Two Temple Place, featuring the Pembroke Hoard, closes on Sunday 27 April
  • Closing date for students to submit entries for the Second Annual Peter Clarke Science Writing Prize

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