The trainee horticulturalist who believes gardens are for sharing

06 Apr 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 the weird and wonderful plants in this vast collection.

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The engineer who keeps the clock ticking

30 Mar 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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The psychiatrist who does stand up

16 Mar 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

08 Mar 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

01 Mar 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 Farrington-Bone shares his story.

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