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Pembroke Iftar

On Saturday 2nd June a group of people from Pembroke and the University gathered for an Iftar feast. The Pembroke Iftar was hosted by Harum Mukhayer (2016), PhD candidate and Gates Scholar. Harum spent eight years working with the UN in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia prior to coming to Pembroke. She advises governments on the design and implementation of natural resources laws and policies, and is currently researching the…

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A day in the life of a bedder

In Tom Sharpe’s (1948) satirical depictions of Cambridge colleges the bedders always play a prominent role, from the buxom Mrs Biggs to the infamous ‘Bedder Test’. However, the role of…

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Pembroke Lieder Scheme

This week on the blog we are exploring some of the other musical opportunities on offer at Pembroke. Today – the Lieder Scheme. In 2013 Pembroke’s Director of Music, Dr Sam Barrett, and the College Musician, Joseph Middleton, founded the Pembroke College Lieder Scheme. Joseph says: ‘In the past Cambridge has offered choral scholarships, organ scholarships and instrumental awards, there has been absolutely nothing for singers and pianists.’ It hasn’t stopped the University from producing some of the world’s best singers: think Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley and Simon Keenlyside. However, as Joseph explains,‘Most people who sing in Cambridge spend their time doing choral music. They need a chance to work out what…

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An American in Cambridge

Every summer, hundreds of students come to the College as part of the Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP). Here, PKP student Collin Palmer – from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – reflects…

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Day in the life: Land Economy

A day in the life of Land Economy student Thomas Schute (2014). Monday 26th January 2015 8am Within seconds of the alarm going off, the mandatory cup of milky tea becomes…

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