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Reflections of a Japanese Programmes PA.

In today's blog PA Chris writes about the Japanese Programmes, part of the summer programmes run by our International Programmes department. Hi! My name is Chris and I recently graduated from my degree in MML at Christ’s College. Pembroke, however, feels very much like home as I have spent the last two summers here working as a Programme Assistant (PA) on international programmes for high school, undergraduate and postgraduate students. Despite…

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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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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 various points during my day in the lodge I am told that a porter needs the eyes of a hawk, the skin of a rhino and the memory of an elephant. One porter is compared to a shape-shifting bear: a cuddly koala that turns grizzly when angry. Another tells me that he tries to be like a swan, giving the appearance that everything is calm while his legs paddle furiously under the water. Pembroke’s porters' lodge is inhabited by a…

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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…

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