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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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Biennale: Creative, Colourful, Captivating!

The decoration of a May Ball is one of the most important aspects of these events.  Pembroke did not disappoint. Biennale was the theme. Meaning, simply, biennial or ‘every other year’ in Italian, within the art world ‘biennale’ denotes large-scale contemporary art exhibitions, and was popularised by the Venice Biennale first held in 1895.  Given the scale of the Venice Biennale (in 2003, it had seven co-curators, and today it has an attendance of over 500,000) this was a bold theme to choose. Immediately upon entering the College it became apparent that organisers had approached their task with enthusiasm and real skill. Suspended above Old Court was a series of…

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Exploring Wilkie Collins’ Writing Desk

Wilkie Collins’ writing desk was kindly gifted to Pembroke by Rosemary Watt on 9th May 2017.  Graduate student Joseph Ashmore (2009) explored its story with the guidance of Librarian Patricia…

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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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