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Meet the students: Welfare Officer

Mental health is an important topic to discuss at any time of the year, but for many students it becomes more pressing an issue in exam term. The Junior Parlour Committee includes a JP Welfare Officer who supports students and organises events to relax and de-stress. Amaani Ahmed (2016) is the current JPC welfare officer, and told Kit Smart what being welfare officer involves: What does a JPC Welfare Officer do?  We’re…

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Five tall tales

There are lots of stories told about Pembroke, but don’t believe everything you hear. Over the summer, the College is visited by a large number of tourist groups exploring the…

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‘One of the guys’

This year Pembroke is marking 30 years since women students were admitted to the College. Sovaida Ma'ani Ewing was one of the first women to graduate from Pembroke College. She arrived as a graduate student in 1985 to take a one year Masters of Law. As one of a small number of women at the College, she found that the male graduates were initially rather hostile to her presence in the Graduate Parlour. ‘It was definitely a male enclave,’ she says. ‘They just wanted to sit quietly, read the papers and have their private jokes. I’d just go in and decide to have a natter and I drew them in over time. It…

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A room of one’s own

Earlier in September our graduate students moved to their new bedrooms. Here, two of them reveal how they are making the place feel like home. Courtney (2013), PhD in Pathology…

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Chemistry, computers and commerce

‘I vowed three things in my life’ says Professor Mike Payne. ‘I said I’d never become an academic, I’d never work with computers and I’d never do physics.’ Today, he…

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