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Around the World in 365 Days, or: A Tale of Twelve Cities

Heather Lane (1998) has just returned to the UK from Bolivia, the final stop in a twelve month remote working adventure. World travel is usually something one might think of as a holiday, disrupting the flow of work rather than enhancing it.  Digital nomads, remote working, communal work spaces; these concepts one might associate with gap year students, or people whose work requires only a computer. Heather thought so, until…

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Inspecting the glass ceiling

‘I’m living proof that Cambridge can be different,’ says Pembroke PhD candidate Monica Wirz. ‘I am much older than most graduate students. I’ve already had a successful career. I’m about…

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Caution: deep water

Recently the news has been full of images of Bárðarbunga, the volcano in Iceland that has wowed the world with spectacular eruptions accompanied by thousands of earthquakes. A team of researchers from Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences went to Iceland to gather data using around 70 broadband seismometers. Their colleague Dr Sanne Cottaar, however, stayed behind in Cambridge. ‘If the seismometer was broken I would not be any help,’ she jokes. ‘I am a seismologist and I wouldn’t make a very good electronic engineer.’ ‘Besides,’ she adds, ‘I work on very deep Earth processes taking place on the core-mantle boundary. These recent eruptions…

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Releasing nervous energy

The William Pitt Seminar is one of Pembroke’s flagship events. Every year, students, staff, fellows, alumni, friends and other guests come together for a lecture, discussion and dinner in order…

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Staff views of freshers’ week

The boxes have been unpacked, freshers’ flu has arrived and lectures have begun: freshers’ week is well and truly over. Inspired by The Guardian, we asked two of our staff…

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So what is matriculation?

Matriculation is one of those funny Cambridge words. Put simply, it means that new students officially join the University roll when they register at their college. The formal ceremony involves signing…

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