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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 room of one’s own

Earlier in September our graduate students moved to their new bedrooms. Here, two of them reveal how they are making the place feel like home. Courtney (2013), PhD in Pathology…

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Fact meets fiction

‘I have incredibly clear memories of my time at Pembroke,’ says the author Richard Beard (1985). His recollections of these real events regularly blur into imagined stories. ‘My memories of Pembroke probably provide about 40 per cent of the material of my dreams I should think. Unresolved memories, unresolved events…’ However Richard does not, like so many others, suffer from nightmares about finals. ‘I didn’t have much exam phobia in the first place,’ he says. ‘I had a strange experience where about an hour into my last exam I just sat up, looked out of the window and thought, this is absurd. This whole process is pointless. I could write…

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‘One of the guys’

This year Pembroke is marking 30 years since women students were admitted to the College. Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing was one of the first women to graduate from Pembroke College. She arrived as a…

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Chemistry, computers and commerce

‘I vowed three things in my life’ says Professor Mike Payne. ‘I said I’d never become an academic, I’d never work with computers and I’d never do physics.’ Today, he…

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News From The Front

Your average graduate student probably spends most of their waking hours in the department, the library and the College bar. Not so for Pembroke PhD student Renad Mansour, who regularly…

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