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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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Bookworms and Blunder Traps

In the basement of Pembroke College Library, over 30,000 rare books and manuscripts are stored in the rolling stacks of a low-ceilinged, air-conditioned room. Caring for old manuscripts such as…

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Hidden Places at Pembroke: A History of Art

Art is a popular and creative extracurricular activity. From early childhood onwards, it allows people to discover their creative talents and express themselves visually. However, the Art Society at Pembroke (previously also known as the Pembroke Art and Photographic Society) has had a curiously turbulent history. Deep below Red Buildings, hidden behind an intimidating card-operated door and a set of distinctly cellar-like steps, the College’s Art Studio is frozen in time. Half-finished clay pots and figurines litter a table also strewn with tools and maintenance equipment. The workbench in the centre is covered with building plans and hard hats, revealing that alternative, non-art-based uses have been found for the Studio…

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Not So Idle: An Internship in New York

Rhianna Ilube (2012) recently completed a four-month internship at UNICEF in New York, funded by the College’s Idle Scholarship. She took a trip back to Pembroke last week to talk…

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The Rainbow Flag

The first day of February marks the start of LGBT History Month, an annual celebration in the UK intended to promote equality and diversity. This year, for the first time,…

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A Christmas Poem

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the JP Not a creature was stirring, not even an interviewee. The undergraduate rooms were all emptied and hoovered And still smelling…

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