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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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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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World-class speakers

How do you persuade one of the world's best speakers to spend an evening talking to you and your friends? From Sir Roger Penrose to Charles Clarke, an impressive array of individuals have already visited Pembroke this year. Four current students explain how they sought and secured speakers for their society events. Pembroke Politics Society was only formed in 2013 and yet has already hosted a number of impressive speakers including former Home Secretary Charles Clarke and Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor for Channel 4. Rhianna Ilube (2012) explains: ‘I am a politics student and in my first year I went to lots of events run by the politics societies at Trinity and Clare. I thought that Pembroke needed its own…

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Welfare in week five

Today marks the start of week five of Lent Term. Week five in Cambridge is characterised by the arrival of the blues. Essay deadlines are piling up, and the combinations of…

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A day in the life: the Finance Office

If you work in a finance office, is it really all number crunching and coin counting? At Pembroke, six individuals make up the finance team: Andrew (Finance Manager), Michaela (student finance),…

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Kate Beales: ‘I remember…’

Kate Beales (1984) was among the first group of women students to arrive at Pembroke. Since graduating she has worked as a theatre director, facilitator, coach and mediator. I absolutely…

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