I came up to Murray Edwards in 2007 to read English as an undergraduate, and I returned to the college in 2013 to write my PhD after completing my MA at York.
My research (which is generously funded by the Faculty’s Winton Studentship) looks at the relationship between literature and financial crisis. I’m particularly interested in the similarities between language and money; both are quantifiable in one sense and unquantifiable in another, and both have a slippery relationship with ideas of ‘value’. One of my chapters looks at the role of metaphor in the development of our vocabulary of crisis. An example of this is the word ‘bubble’ – it’s thrown about in all sorts of contexts in the financial press, but economists can’t agree on what it really means.
I think it is essential to understand how and why we speak and write the way that we do about the world – it is a field that expands far beyond my specific topic, and I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to work on this for three years (and hopefully longer!)
I’m often asked why I came back to Murray Edwards rather than choose a new college for my postgraduate work, and since this blog piece has been written as part of the college’s 60th anniversary celebrations, I thought I’d address the question here. I have quite a few reasons, but I can genuinely say that the most important of them is the excellent teaching and encouragement I received from the English fellows at the college during my time here as an undergraduate. Beyond this, Murray Edwards itself is an engaging environment – we have prestigious academics and excellent resources, not to mention a strong and inclusive sense of community. …continue reading…
As I enter the role of new Executive Graduate Tutor, I am deeply inspired by the graduates that I have recently met and greeted. It is a privilege to share in their aspirations and journeys.
As part of my new role, I find it stimulating to motivate, facilitate, encourage and support students’ learning. I am enjoying channeling my interests in the fields of Education and Applied Linguistics as well as my experience in intercultural exchange and pastoral care into supporting the College’s growing, dynamic graduate community.
Having initially come to Cambridge myself as an international graduate student (a British national having grown up abroad), I am also familiar with the students’ academic journeys and understand the joys and challenges linked to the postgraduate experience at this University. Diverse educational, professional and cultural experiences throughout my life have enabled me to develop a varied background in learning, teaching, administration, educational management and curriculum development. I have been fortunate to have gained an awareness of numerous cultural approaches to education that influence graduates’ journeys of success.
Murray Edwards currently has around 170 graduate students. Around 50 arrived for the first time this year. When asked by the new graduate students why they had been chosen, I explained how as outstanding women from different backgrounds and cultures they resonate with the College’s ethos in terms of their enthusiasm to develop as creative thinkers, informed leaders and insightful decision-makers, equipped to take on the challenges presented in their academic, professional and personal lives. …continue reading…
My name is Laura Imperatori and I studied the Natural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge University. Before I came here I was very interested in three questions: “Does a theory of everything exist?”, “How are we able to think logically and critically and seem to have a free will based upon physical and chemical processes in our brain?” and “How can we use our scientific knowledge to tackle climate change?”
Studying the Natural Sciences Tripos enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of how nature works, but only practical experience could help me to decide which one of these questions I wanted to dedicate my time and energy to. I found that the Gateway programme (in Murray Edwards) did not only help me in the organisation of my studies, but it also enabled me to gain research experience in different fields through the financial support of the Gateway Challenges Funding Award. I received an Award for summer activities in all three years of my undergraduate studies, which helped me make a well-founded decision about my third-year-courses as well as my Master’s degree. In my fourth year of the Natural Sciences Tripos, I will be able to advise the incoming students based on my own experiences.
Having spent a gap year working in the Dominican Environment Ministry, I have been interested in environmental issues especially during my first year, so I decided to participate in the “Cambridge Summer Programme on International Policy and Climate Change Risk Assessment”. However, since then through my involvement with the Cambridge University Physics Society and others I realised that I would like to work in basic research. In the following summer, I conducted a two-month-long internship combining my interest in Physics and in Neuroscience: I investigated the community structure of the C. elegans neural network at the Theory of Condensed Matter group of the Cavendish Laboratory. Based on this internship I realised that my interest in the more complex workings of the human brain outweighs my interest in what we can currently find out about the brain using Statistical Mechanics. As a result, I made the decision to study Half-Subject Physics with Experimental Psychology in my third year. …continue reading…