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The Twelfth Annual William Pitt Seminar

This year's William Pitt Seminar brought macro-economics and mindfulness together to ask ‘Are we too busy to get anything done?’ Why, in a world with unprecedented technological advances, countless digital tools for boosting productivity, and numerous apps, courses and books to help individuals improve the way they work, are we so worried that we aren’t fulfilling our potential? The twelfth William Pitt Seminar – ‘The Productivity Paradox: Are we too busy…

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A day in the life: Dr Anna Young

Ever wanted to read a Fellow’s diary? Dr Anna Young, Maudslay-Butler Research Fellow at Pembroke College, works in the Department of Engineering. Here she shares a day in her life: Wednesday…

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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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A day in the life: History

Joe Spencer (2012) describes ‘a fairly standard day for a third year historian’. 8am First alarm goes off. 8.10am Second alarm goes off. 8.20am Third alarm goes off. 9.10am Oh dear!…

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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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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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