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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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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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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: Whoever is on the first shift usually arrives at 7.30am. The first job is to clear up from the night before. Then at about 8.00am you can start getting the counter ready. It is always an intense time in the mornings, getting everything prepared for the day ahead. Deliveries arrive throughout the morning and it’s almost impossible to predict when the various loads will come in. We open at 10am and another member of staff arrives to help. We soon…

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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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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.…

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Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Last week the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet came to Pembroke for a very special performance in honour of Sir Richard and Lady Dearlove. We spoke to Fergus McWilliam (horn) just…

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