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Cosmic Poetry: 2017 Seatonian Prize

Winning the Divinity School Seatonian Prize is becoming something of a Pembroke habit. Christopher Smart won it three times. Colin Wilcockson has won it three times, most recently in 2016 with his villanelles inspired by Smart’s Jubilate Agno. And now Professor Randall Johnson has won it for the second time with his cosmic take on the theme ‘O God, enfold me in the sun’. Johnson’s poem is an intriguingly scientific…

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The Petticoat Vote

On Saturday, Pembroke’s Director of International Programmes, Dr David Jarvis, appeared on BBC Radio 4 to talk about ‘The Petticoat Vote’. We asked him a little more about the programme,…

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Research roundup 2014

For the last blog post of 2014, we give you a roundup of the year's research and news at Pembroke. Throughout the year, fellows and students at Pembroke have continued to publish and promote ground-breaking research in a range of disciplines. Here are just some of the highlights: Professor Clare Grey describes what happens inside batteries on an atomic level, bringing us one step closer to silicon batteries for mobile phones and electric vehicles. Professor Andrea Ferrari unveils the first flexible display device incorporating graphene. Dr John Durrell and his team break the superconductor world record. Dr Lauren Kassell collaborates on an animated video as part of a project to digitise the…

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Medieval medical manuscripts

At our Graduate Seminar last week we were wowed by the range of research carried out by our graduate students. Here, Taylor McCall (2013) talks about her work on medieval…

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The statistics of Old Norse spelling

Our graduates study a wide variety of subjects. Here, Tam Blaxter (2013) explains his work on Old Norse. What are you studying? The broad area that I work on is…

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Studying satire

Even if you have never read Dante’s Divine Comedy, you will probably be aware of the basic plot. A character called Dante, a fictionalised version of the author himself, travels…

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