Eager Entrepreneurs…

This week one Entrepreneurialism class examined business models of non-profit organisations through visits to the Ashmolean Museum (left).

And were lucky to receive a private tour by the Dean of Oxford University Said Business School, who also offered them feedback on their new business projects! (right)

Brain Surgery Talk

Yesterday, we had the esteemed brain surgeon and neuroscientist Rahul Jandial talk with the students. Jandial is an associate professor and has special surgical experience in dealing with cancers of the nervous system. He has also been a guest on the TV show, Superhuman.

Geoff the Robot 🤖

Today the engineering class built robots in preparation for their final presentations tomorrow.

Their app-controlled bot is built with ground clearance, a 3D print shell, waterproofing and is designed to destroy any household item!

The ultimate test for ‘Geoff’ will be tomorrow afternoon when he is set to face his dreaded enemy: tin cans…

Fashion Show!

After the prep of shopping and creating outfits throughout the week, the teams who signed up rocked the runway with their themed looks!

As they strutted their stuff to the music and choreography they had prepared, you’ll see that they were cheered on by a full house in the Newman Room. With the stylists upstairs dressing their models and photographers galore capturing all the looks, it was certainly a night to remember!

A huge well done to the Fashion and Photography students who really set the tone for the show, as well as to everyone who took part and made it happen. Watch this space for the professional shots of the collections!

Literature Day at the Botanic Garden

Oxford’s Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain, and is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone the Garden held a ‘Literature Day’, which our English Literature major class attended.

The students toured the beautiful garden and greenhouses, and even got to use an authentic Victorian printing press to print their own bookmarks!

Tour of the fire station 🚒

Today the criminology class visited Oxford Fire Station to learn from some of the women and men who work there.

The fire and rescue service often supports police CSI’s in gaining access to unstable premises where fire crime is suspected. They sometimes have to use a hydraulic platform – something the students got to see up close today!

Fire fighter suits can sustain temperatures of over 500 degrees, which protects them in extreme conditions. Here are some of our students with the fire engines and trying on the equipment:

Christ Church tour

Also this weekend our students took a guided tour of Christ Church College. Christ Church is Pembroke’s neighbouring college, so students only had to walk across the road to explore everything from its meadows, cathedral, and the staircase famously used in the Harry Potter films!

DAY TRIP!

Today we had a full day of exciting trips around the country.

Half of us went to Stonehenge – the famous prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain – and Bath – well-known for its Roman-built baths and Georgian architecture.

Stonehenge

Bath

The other half went to Blenheim Palace – the English Baroque birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill – and Bourton-on-the-Water – the so-called ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’.

Blenheim Palace

Bourton-on-the-Water

That’s no less than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in one day! Pretty good going for a Sunday morning!

Saturday Study

Today our engineers were treated to a workshop on Quantum Computing. They learnt about quantum gates and operations, and then got to apply them on a real IBM quantum computer!

Meanwhile, our Law and Society students got involved in collaborative work in Pembroke’s beautiful SCR (Senior Common Room) Parlour.