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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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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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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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Going once, going twice…

Taylor McCall (2013) reports on the Pembroke College Charity Auction, which raised money for the local charity CamFed. Members of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge joined together on…

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A day in the life: History

Joe Spencer (2012) describes ‘a fairly standard day for a third year historian’. 8am First alarm goes off. 8.10am Second alarm goes off. 8.20am Third alarm goes off. 9.10am Oh dear!…

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Pembroke supports women in sport

Pembroke has a range of fantastic sportswomen playing for the College teams and at University level. Here, we speak to just three of them: Léonie De Jonge (2014) was part of…

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