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Pembroke Circle

Pembroke College Circle


Welcome to the Pembroke College Circle, the society which brings together friends of Pembroke from all over the world. We hope that joining this new society will enable members to stay in regular contact with Pembroke, the wider College community, and with each other. In addition to receiving regular College news updates, members will enjoy special opportunities to attend events both in Cambridge and overseas.

The creation of the Circle enables Pembroke to reach out to an important constituency, who the College already thinks of as friends. There are many people who are not graduates, but through family, professional or business connections, or simply through friends, have become active and loyal supporters of the College. We hope that many of these too will appreciate a closer tie to the College, which the Circle will provide.

The Circle is guided by the Board of Overseers. The Board is chaired by the Master of Pembroke and a full list of board members can be viewed here.

Joining the Circle

Membership of the Circle is free and many of the benefits mirror those enjoyed by regular alumni; there will be shared events here in Cambridge and around the world. Becoming a member will ensure that the College is able to stay in touch with you via newsletters, invitations to events and other correspondence. To become a member, simply enter your details on this short membership form.

A list of benefits of joining the Circle can be viewed here.

For more information, please contact the Pembroke College Circle Administrator.

Connect with fellow Circle members through the Pembroke College Circle LinkedIn group.

Forthcoming events

The 2019 Pembroke College Circle Lecture will be delivered by Dr Michael Anderson, Senior Scientist at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. The title of the lecture is: Keeping a spotless mind: the neuroscience of 'motivated forgetting'.

People usually consider forgetting to be a problem - a human frailty to be avoided and overcome. Yet, a memory system that works too well burdens us with irrelevant and distracting information, and makes it difficult to adapt in the aftermath of unpleasant life experiences. Neuroscience has increasingly recognized that a healthy memory benefits from the ability to forget, and has established the existence of active mechanisms that foster forgetting of unwanted memories. Dr Anderson discusses research revealing how the brain accomplishes motivated forgetting, and how these brain mechanisms shape what we remember of life experience, protecting our mental health.

The talk will be held in Pembroke Old Library at 6pm on Saturday 28th September 2019. All members of the Pembroke College Circle are welcome, with guests, as are Pembroke alumni, staff and current students. To book tickets, please visit