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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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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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A day in the life: NatSci

Natural Sciences is the largest tripos at Cambridge. It also comes with a timetable heavy on contact hours. Below, Coco Day (2013) describes a typical day in her life as a 'NatSci' at Pembroke. Thursday 22nd January 2015 7.45am Alarm goes off. Get up, stumble across the room to where it is strategically placed to force me to get out of bed. Switch it off and flop straight back into bed again. 8.00am Wash, rinse, repeat. 8.15am I actually get up this time. There's just about time for a shower and a piece of toast before I cycle in from Selwyn Gardens, where I live, to the Chemistry Department for my first lecture. 9.00am…

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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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Diagram of the Muscles, Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 399, fol. 22r. Courtesy of the Bodleian Library.

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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A day in the life: Café Pembroke

Café Pembroke is one of the social hubs of the College. It is run by Dawn, Becky and Justo, who recently joined the team. Here they describe a typical day:…

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