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18th Nihon Affiliated High Schools Easter Programme

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of hosting the 18th Nihon Affiliated High Schools Easter Programme at Pembroke College. This year’s programme welcomed 72 students from Japanese high schools affiliated with Nihon University and 4 accompanying staff members. As part of the programme, students have taken part in a range of academic and cultural experiences, attending daily English language lessons and activities organised by our programme assistants (PAs). From…

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A day in the life: Dr William Fawcett

What is a typical day like for an academic at Pembroke? Dr William Fawcett, Bye-Fellow in Architecture gives us a glimpse: 7am Alarm – as usual, it comes just a little…

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A semester in Cambridge

Each year Pembroke College accepts up to thirty students from overseas universities for a two-term semester of study in Cambridge. This year Liz Willcock (2014), from McGill University in Canada, is one of them. Being a student at Cambridge University is bizarre, magical, and thoroughly exhausting, but I love it with an evangelical passion. I should note it’s not the first time I’ve studied at Pembroke College. In the summer of 2014 I attended the Creative Writing in Cambridge programme for 4 weeks in July. As I was leaving I distinctly remember sideling up to the front door, placing my hand tenderly on its wooden surface, and whispering 'Goodbye Pembroke'. Although the porters were probably…

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Chess champion

The internet is abuzz with news of Magnus Carlsen, the chess grandmaster who recently took on three opponents simultaneously, whilst blindfolded, and won. But did you know that Pembroke has its…

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A day in the life: Porters’ Lodge

Our College Recorder spends a day in the Porters’ Lodge. What is a porter’s most important skill? Ask the team at Pembroke and the answer is unanimous: animal instinct. At…

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Painting words in sound

Joseph Middleton is a world-renowned accompanist and the College Musician at Pembroke. He talks to our College Recorder about the wonder of music. ‘When I was at school I played…

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