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18th Nihon Affiliated High Schools Easter Programme

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of hosting the 18th Nihon Affiliated High Schools Easter Programme at Pembroke College. This year’s programme welcomed 72 students from Japanese high schools affiliated with Nihon University and 4 accompanying staff members. As part of the programme, students have taken part in a range of academic and cultural experiences, attending daily English language lessons and activities organised by our programme assistants (PAs). From…

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Joe Leech’s winning Riley Declamation Prize entry

As you may recently have read on the blog, Joe Leech recently won the 2016 Brian Riley prize for his excellent speech entitled "One inseparable body: the atomization of the European state and the state in Europe." Below is the full text: Europe’s greatest union died in battle. It fell under artillery fire on the 10 October 1794, when its eagle-headed standard slipped from the grasp of its last bearer. There he pronounced ‘finis Poloniae’: the end of Poland. With the failure of Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s last stand, the vast composite organism of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was consumed, eaten alive by smaller and more agile neighbouring beasts. It had been a wounded…

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Riley Declamation Prize 2016

Congratulations to undergraduate student Joe Leech (2014), who has won the 2016 Riley Declamation Prize This is the twenty third competition for the Riley Prize, designed to encourage communication skills…

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