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Art and the Self: “I am my own Muse”

We’ve talked about women in Science, but what about women in Art? PhD student Nicole Maniero (2017) curated a mini exhibition of artists’ self-portraits for International Women’s Day. “I am my own Muse”. Frida Kahlo’s famous quote inspired Nicole to explore the complex relationship between artists and their identities and bodies, and the ways we as viewers engage with self-portraits.  A literature student researching representation of objects in Italian stories,…

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A Feat of Pemgineering

A rather unique Christmas decoration has appeared in the foyer of Pembroke Library. Last year, the 2nd-year engineering students at Pembroke (‘Pemgineers’, as they are also known) were asked to…

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Pembroke’s going up

Charlotte Chorley (2012) graduated in June and here she reflects on her three years at the College. 2012 was the year of golden torches, diamond celebrations and yellow jerseys. Tuition fees got higher, the end of the world got nearer and Pembroke College got a little more than it bargained for when, on 30 September, a group of fresh-faced freshers arrived from across the globe. How can I do justice to that sparkling, spectacular matriculation group of 2012 who have taught me so much about friendship and respect and ambition? Some may reach for Dante, some for Robbie Williams, but I shall instead reach for the words of our Senior…

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Freshers’ Week: A Follow-Up Survey

Our new first-years were asked to share their thoughts about Pembroke and Freshers’ Week in an anonymous poll. Some surprising stats were unearthed – for example, that the students consider…

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16. The Freshers' Oscars, which were presented at the JPC meeting on Sunday afternoon, included 'Rowdiest Fresher', 'Pub Crawl Queen' and 'Best Photobomb' (winning entry pictured here). (Photo by Pem.Ents)

Freshers’ Week 2015

For most people, Freshers’ Week is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of university life: a chance to make new friends, discover new opportunities and settle into a…

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A day in the life: students in Kenya

Our ‘day in the life’ feature goes global as Katy Duff (2014) talks about a day volunteering with Maji Mazuri, a social development charity in Nairobi. She has spent a month of her…

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