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The Person Behind the Prize: An Interview with Richard Parmee

The Parmee Prize competition is an annual event that offers students a chance to win £2000 to kickstart their business. Richard Parmee (1970) is the driving force behind the prize. He began at Pembroke in the Natural Sciences Tripos, but after two years had migrated to Electrical Sciences in Engineering. This, it transpired, was a good decision, as he did well enough there to begin research in what is now signal…

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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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