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Pembroke College, Oxford

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Pembroke is a lively and vibrant academic community, situated in the heart of Oxford. Today, the student body is made up of 365 undergraduates, 27 visiting students on their Junior Year Abroad from US universities, and 255 post-graduate students.

Students at Pembroke are active in College life, with wide participation in activities and events and an unusually active MCR (graduate student) community. Another special feature of Pembroke is the JCR (undergraduate) owned collection of modern British artworks, founded shortly after the Second World War and now housed in a purpose-built gallery.

Pembroke Fellows are supported in their teaching by a team of College lecturers and the College is also home to 15 Research Fellows and 11 Associates.

At Pembroke, we believe that all those with the necessary academic talent should have the opportunity to experience an Oxford education regardless of their background. For that reason, the College has pioneered a new approach to access and outreach work, which have been hailed as a gold standard for such initiatives by the sector’s independent regulator the Office for Fair Access.

Updates from Pembroke College are available on social media as well as the official website News & Events pages:

Website: pmb.ox.ac.uk

Twitter: twitter.com/pembrokeoxford

Instagram: instagram.com/pembrokeoxford

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/pembroke-college-oxford

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  • Good college in the centre of Oxford where JRR Tolkien taught a very famous writer in which he wrote the Lord of the Rings.
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  • We enjoyed our visit during a walking tour to this quiet, beautiful old college, which was founded in 1624. We particularly liked the gardens & Old Quad.  more »
  • Pembroke is a typical Oxford college, quiet, beautiful, full of history, with well maintained gardens. It is definitely worth visiting. Accommodations however are something different. I spent 4 nights...  more »
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  • Pembroke is one of the less outstanding colleges which make up the University of Oxford by reputation; however, this is most undeserved. Admittedly, it has some amazing teaching and welfare staff, and a far nicer crop of students than the usual Oxford cohort of home-county privately educated mishaps. Under this seemingly tranquil surface, huge cracks aren’t too hard to find. As with most central university administrations, Pembroke’s management team don’t care about the welfare of staff or students. They are more bothered with conference profits, alumni donations from dodgy regimes, and renaming buildings to fund the latest unnecessary innovation. There are not enough cheap rooms for students whose families can’t afford to go on holidays and not too long ago Pembroke’s management tried to knock down most of the remaining cheapest rooms made available for students. This point is made again and again by the student body and yet management refuses to act. To add insult to injury, Pembroke’s much talked about Access programme is wholly inadequate. The scheme does some good work yet is limited in scope. It goes no where near to addressing massive structural problems in the wider education system. The college still spends its own, and students’ resources, showing private school pupils around at the expense of those who don’t already have a structural advantage in society. Pembroke also give large scholarships of £1000 a year to those who get the best first-year results. The correlation between those who get the best first year results and those who went to private schools (and therefore don’t need an extra £1000 off accommodation costs p/a) is worryingly high. This money could be far better spent helping poorer students who need it. This is to say nothing of the link College is making between financial rewards and academic achievement. Perhaps the most outstanding contribution Pembroke management has made to the education sector in the last few years is its shameful role in bringing about the largest strike in higher education history by having no regard for the welfare of its staff in retirement. Management manoeuvred to stifle democratic votes in college on the USS pension reforms and collaborated with the ‘money-above-all-else’ central university team of Louise Richardson to push for reforms which undervalue the hard work of pension participants. Putting student results ahead of their welfare isn’t something unique to Pembroke, or even Oxford, but shows how complicit in maintaining an exploitative, repressive educational status-quo Pembroke management are. Marketisation of education and educational facilities is the name of the game. In short, the culture in the management of Pembroke College is rotten to the core and this adversely impacts on students and staff. It’s a shame the college isn’t stand-alone in this regard throughout the rest of Oxford University.
  • Nice intimate dining hall, try to get yourself an invitation to eat at one of Oxford's Colleges.
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  • There is something very special about this place. After my visit this is the location in Oxford that stood out the most.
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