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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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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 volunteering; every Director, Project Director or volunteer in the UK has a Tanzanian counterpart with an equal level of responsibility for project decisions. Will Gayne (2013) is a Project Director working on sanitation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. “CDI works on four different projects: sanitation (WaSH), health, entrepreneurship, and education. I’m directing the WaSH project but our approach is different to a lot of volunteering programmes. Sustainability underlies everything we do, so we’re not sending students to build toilets themselves…

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Green Impact: Gold!

Green Impact is a university-wide environmental accreditation scheme, encouraging Colleges to reduce environmental impacts. This year, Pembroke achieved a Gold level. Lily Maxwell is the Pembroke Green Impact Officer, which…

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A Cycle of Success

Valencian Rob Walker (2016) reports on his first BUCS experience and a positive day for Cambridge University Cycling. Event: BUCS 25 Mile Time Trial (TT) Championships, incorporating the Varsity Match Date:…

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Student Volunteer Week Part 3: Schools Plus

Part 3 of our student volunteering week series is on Schools Plus, a Cambridge Hub scheme that places Cambridge students as tutors in local schools. Pembroke students Charlotte Pearson and…

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