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17-11-24 I will week

I will week 2017 – Pembroke House

I will week is about celebrating and promoting social action, so we've been sharing testimonies about how Pembroke House does just that. Pembroke House is the College’s social action centre in Walworth, South London, just off the Old Kent Road. Founded in 1885 on the initiative of undergraduates, Pembroke House still fulfils the original vision of a “settlement”, where living locally, learning and receiving are just as important as giving 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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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? Every summer, Pembroke’s Housekeeping Department employs around 35 current undergraduates as temporary bedders. This helps to cover a particularly busy period and gives students an insight into the daily life of a Cambridge bedder. Housekeeper Caroline Adams also has another motive. ‘I hope it’ll open their eyes to what some of our girls have to put up with,’ she laughs. Holly and Jessie are two of the students working as bedders this summer. We spoke to them about the good,…

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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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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,…

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