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Meet the students: Welfare Officer

Mental health is an important topic to discuss at any time of the year, but for many students it becomes more pressing an issue in exam term. The Junior Parlour Committee includes a JP Welfare Officer who supports students and organises events to relax and de-stress. Amaani Ahmed (2016) is the current JPC welfare officer, and told Kit Smart what being welfare officer involves: What does a JPC Welfare Officer do?  We’re…

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The Pembroke Collections Cataloguer

Lucy McNeill has been with Pembroke for nine months, cataloguing the College’s collections and seeking out hidden treasures. In this blog she writes about her work. During the nine months (August 2017-May…

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Interview with a Fellow: Seismology to Mongols

How do you go from earthquake history to the Mongols? This is the subject of part two of our interview with Fellow and Professor of Persian History, Charles Melville. As a newly appointed lecturer at Cambridge he looked for new questions to ask, and landed on the Mongols. Not the rise of the Mongol Empire – there were enough books about Genghis Khan already. But what was behind a powerful Mongol empire coming to an end? Unchallenged in terms of force, but governing Iran – a country the size of the whole of Western Europe – without an agreed-upon heir; internal pressures soon materialised. This is where a connection appears between Mongol…

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Porters of Pembroke

In a recent article in CAM, the Cambridge Alumni Magazine, a number of Cambridge Porters spilled the beans about their (very varied) jobs. Extract taken from The Lost Key CAM…

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