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The Hebrew teacher who opens doors to learning

27 April 2017

She loves the silence of libraries and believes that modesty is key to learning. Hagar Ben-Zion teaches Hebrew at the Language Centre and catalogues Hebrew books at the University Library. A plucky Jerusalemite, she learnt to ride a bicycle in Cambridge.

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The economist who makes the organ thunder

21 April 2017

He learnt to play the organ as a child and developed a keen ear for languages. Now Dutch master’s student Geerten Boonzaaijer unwinds from the demands of economics classes by practising the organ at Christ’s College.

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The University Challenge star propelled by a love of maths

13 April 2017

With his unusual name and irrepressible good humour, Bobby Seagull emerged as one of the star contestants in the latest University Challenge series.

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The trainee horticulturalist who believes gardens are for sharing

6 April 2017

She discovered a love of growing things in an overgrown corner of her parents’ Scottish garden. Now, she’s mastering botanical names and important practical skills at the Botanic Garden. Bryony Langley, a trainee horticultural technician, delights in...

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The engineer who keeps the clock ticking

30 March 2017

He never intended to take a PhD — or to present television documentaries. Hugh Hunt is an all-rounder who combines his interest in things that bounce and spin with a passion for music and mending things.

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What does it mean to be a global university?

23 March 2017

Professor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, reflects on Cambridge’s role in the world.

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The psychiatrist who does stand up

16 March 2017

He discovered performing at medical school in India and, as a PhD student, began to devise his own material. Armed with his ‘baloney detection kit’, researcher Hisham Ziauddeen uses stand up to demonstrate the folly of bogus science.

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The engineer preparing for lift-off

8 March 2017

University Lecturer Dr Jenni Sidey grew up inspired by Canada’s first female astronaut. Now she’s undergoing selection tests with the Canadian Space Agency to be an astronaut herself. She’s passionate about women and engineering — and fascinated by fire.

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The man at the centre of the University

1 March 2017

He holds the keys to the Senate House and plays a vital part in the smooth running of a historic site at the heart of Cambridge. Launching a new series of features focusing on some of the people that contribute to life at the University, Andre...

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EU Referendum: how the University will meet the challenges of Brexit

18 November 2016

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, reflects on the result of June's referendum and reaffirms that Cambridge will maintain its position as a global leader in research and teaching...

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