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Solar-powered Engineering: The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Driving a solar car across Australia sounds like something in a science fiction film, but every two years it becomes a reality at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) is a student society of around 60 people, founded in 2007. They design, build, and race solar powered vehicles, with a mission to inspire and innovate. Siddharth Gupta (2014) is an undergraduate at Pembroke studying Engineering, and…

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Pembroke and Nepal II

Dr Hildegard Diemberger, Fellow in Social Anthropology, works extensively in Nepal. Hildegard regularly visits the region and conducts much of her core research in the areas affected by the recent earthquake. As…

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Being a hostel keeper

Colin and May Williams spent around 25 years living in the hostel at 40 Panton Street with eight students. Here they speak about the highs, the lows and the laughs. How did you find yourselves at Pembroke? May: My auntie, Miss Sadd, worked in the linen room at Pembroke as the seamstress. She came home and told my dad there was a job going in the maintenance department. As it turned out, he wasn’t interested – but my husband Colin was. Colin: We’d only recently got married and I was working in a factory at the time. The move to Pembroke would mean…

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Pembroke and Nepal I

Following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday 25th April, this week’s blog posts explore Pembroke’s connection to ‘the roof of the world’. Sarah Howden (2013) & Ciara Rowland-Simms (2013) write:…

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