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Solar-powered Engineering: The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Driving a solar car across Australia sounds like something in a science fiction film, but every two years it becomes a reality at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) is a student society of around 60 people, founded in 2007. They design, build, and race solar powered vehicles, with a mission to inspire and innovate. Siddharth Gupta (2014) is an undergraduate at Pembroke studying Engineering, and…

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International Women’s Day: Blog round-up

Today is International Women’s Day, this year with the theme #BeBoldForChange; a call for inclusiveness and gender equality. If you’re looking for some interesting reading material, look no further! Below…

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Prize-winning Pembroke Poetry: From 1750 to 2017

The Seatonian prize is an annual poetry competition that was once won by Christopher Smart.  This year’s winner, writing on a suitably Valencian theme, was Mr Colin Wilcockson, who is an Emeritus Fellow, and researcher in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature. This year’s theme was Jubilate Agno, which as any well-read Valencian will know is the title of Christopher Smart’s famous poem, written during his stay in a mental hospital.  It seemed, therefore, an auspicious year for a Pembroke entry.  The prize was won in the early 1750s by Christopher Smart himself, and he went on to win it twice more.  This year’s winner, Mr Colin Wilcockson, has a similarly excellent…

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Arrival of the Lampedusa Cross

On Ash Wednesday, 1 March 2017, we received in Chapel a cross which is simultaneously a work of art, and a poignant reminder of the human cost of the Refugee…

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Student Volunteering Week Part 5: CDI

The Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) is a Cambridge society that aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake high impact, sustainable volunteering work. They take a collaborative approach to…

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