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Meet the students: Welfare Officer

Mental health is an important topic to discuss at any time of the year, but for many students it becomes more pressing an issue in exam term. The Junior Parlour Committee includes a JP Welfare Officer who supports students and organises events to relax and de-stress. Amaani Ahmed (2016) is the current JPC welfare officer, and told Kit Smart what being welfare officer involves: What does a JPC Welfare Officer do?  We’re…

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Pembroke in Scotland

Last week the Pembroke College Cambridge Society celebrated its 65th Annual Scottish Dinner, held at the New Club in central Edinburgh. Kit Smart grabbed her pet passport and headed north…

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This week a new Children's Laureate was announced. Author, illustrator and cartoonist Chris Riddell has taken over from Malorie Blackman, making him the ninth Children's Laureate. But did you know that the medal he received is based on an item in the Pembroke archive? It is traditional for those who take on the role of UK Poet Laureate to be given something to drink. Reportedly, the original salary that came with the role was £200 per year plus a 'butt' of wine. In 1970s the custom was revived when John Betjeman was given the equivalent of 600 bottles of sherry. Ever since, the Poet Laureate has received a barrel of sherry, which they…

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Three Hundred Sons of this House

On Remembrance Sunday each year, the Dean leads an Act of Remembrance in front of the War Memorial in Pembroke’s cloisters. Members of the College attend, wearing gowns as a…

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Halloween Horror

With Halloween fast approaching, let’s take a look back through time at some of the more unpleasant fates to have befallen Pembroke’s alumni… Out of the Frying Pan, into the…

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Pembroke and Nepal III

Deepa Solanki (2009) graduated from Pembroke in 2012 and is now a Manager in the South Asia practice of Adam Smith International, a leading international advisory firm. For the past year and a half…

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