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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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A day in the life: Dr Anna Young

Ever wanted to read a Fellow’s diary? Dr Anna Young, Maudslay-Butler Research Fellow at Pembroke College, works in the Department of Engineering. Here she shares a day in her life: Wednesday…

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Classics then and now

Past and present come together as PhD student Anna Judson (2007) talks about Classics at Pembroke. John Edwin Clapham Jukes matriculated in 1898 as a Foundation Scholar reading Classics; a year later, he became the winner of this impressive medal, which was recently donated to the College by his son. The medal is for the Porson Prize, still offered annually for the best translation of a piece of English verse into Greek tragic verse (in 1899, a passage from a Jacobean tragicomedy, ‘The Renegado’ by Philip Massinger). Jukes went on to obtain a first-class result in the Classical Tripos in 1900 and to win one of the two Chancellor’s Classical…

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From thesis to bookshop shelf

Toby Matthiesen’s latest book, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism, received its official UK launch at the Cambridge University Press book shop in late February. The book is based…

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Cuckoo’s calling

A nine-year-old boy writes excitedly in his diary: ‘Cuckoo calling, first of the summer!’ Today, decades later, he still feels the same thrill when he hears that distinctive ‘wandering voice’.…

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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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