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Cosmic Poetry: 2017 Seatonian Prize

Winning the Divinity School Seatonian Prize is becoming something of a Pembroke habit. Christopher Smart won it three times. Colin Wilcockson has won it three times, most recently in 2016 with his villanelles inspired by Smart’s Jubilate Agno. And now Professor Randall Johnson has won it for the second time with his cosmic take on the theme ‘O God, enfold me in the sun’. Johnson’s poem is an intriguingly scientific…

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From financier to foodie

After a long day in the office, all you want is to get home and eat dinner. The last thing you fancy is writing a shopping list, traipsing around the supermarket,…

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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 travels to Iraq and Lebanon and spends his time in the UK juggling appearances for the nation’s major media outlets. Renad works at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and specialises in Middle Eastern current affairs. He is currently studying political cultures in Iraq and, in particular, the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government in the north and the rest of the country. He also continues to work as a Fellow at the Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies…

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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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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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