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The Twelfth Annual William Pitt Seminar

This year's William Pitt Seminar brought macro-economics and mindfulness together to ask ‘Are we too busy to get anything done?’ Why, in a world with unprecedented technological advances, countless digital tools for boosting productivity, and numerous apps, courses and books to help individuals improve the way they work, are we so worried that we aren’t fulfilling our potential? The twelfth William Pitt Seminar – ‘The Productivity Paradox: Are we too busy…

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The house that Izhan & Roberta built

There probably aren’t many students that spend their holidays building flat-pack houses in deprived Brazilian favelas. Yet that’s just what Izhan Khan (Engineering, 2012) and Roberta Wilkinson (Natural Sciences, 2013)…

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Freshers’ Week 2014

Freshers' week is a whirlwind of events for our new students. The gallery below gives you a glimpse of just some of this activity, including arrivals day, unpacking, inductions, picnics, freshers' fair, the first bop, laser quest, the big rowing day, library tours and more. It is all designed to help freshers' get to know each other, find their way around and to feel comfortable in the place that they'll call home for the next three or more years. In an interview with The Guardian in 2011, former Pembroke student and musician Kyla La Grange (2004) explained: 'I was really, really nervous going to Cambridge. I didn't know anyone else going and…

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Staff views of freshers’ week

The boxes have been unpacked, freshers’ flu has arrived and lectures have begun: freshers’ week is well and truly over. Inspired by The Guardian, we asked two of our staff…

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So what is matriculation?

Matriculation is one of those funny Cambridge words. Put simply, it means that new students officially join the University roll when they register at their college. The formal ceremony involves signing…

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Pillow Talk

Bedders are a Cambridge institution. They have been part of College life for centuries, but their role has changed dramatically over the years. So what do bedders actually do nowadays?…

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