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Pembroke Iftar

On Saturday 2nd June a group of people from Pembroke and the University gathered for an Iftar feast. The Pembroke Iftar was hosted by Harum Mukhayer (2016), PhD candidate and Gates Scholar. Harum spent eight years working with the UN in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia prior to coming to Pembroke. She advises governments on the design and implementation of natural resources laws and policies, and is currently researching the…

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Meet the Senior Tutor

Three questions for Dr Mark Wormald, who has been Senior Tutor at Pembroke for eight years. How would you describe the role of Senior Tutor? When I started, I was…

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A day in the life of a bedder

In Tom Sharpe’s (1948) satirical depictions of Cambridge colleges the bedders always play a prominent role, from the buxom Mrs Biggs to the infamous ‘Bedder Test’. However, the role of a bedder has changed greatly over the centuries. When the University only accepted male students, bedders had the job of looking after the young men who were the charges of the College. As well as cleaning the rooms and making the beds, they would prepare the fires, bring water for washing and shaving, and even make breakfast. Now, bedders are more likely to vacuum the rooms and empty the bins. At Pembroke they no longer change the bed linen at…

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Meet the Development Director

Three question for Matthew Mellor, Pembroke’s Development Director. How would you describe your role? My team is primarily responsible for keeping in touch with our members and also, of course,…

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Day in the life: Law student

Robert Eyers (2013) is a Law student and the current President of the Pembroke Players. Here he shares a not-quite-typical day in his life: 8.30am I’m woken abruptly by some…

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An American in Cambridge

Every summer, hundreds of students come to the College as part of the Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP). Here, PKP student Collin Palmer – from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – reflects…

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