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Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
A blog for the Clare Hall community

I joined Clare Hall in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Land Economy, and I’m now Senior Department Fellow.
I chose the College mainly because of the swimming pool and it being a sister college of St Cross, Oxford, where I obtained an MSc in Environmental Policy. I’ve found Clare…


My research focuses on Spoken Dialogue Systems — a subfield of Natural Language Processing in Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The goal is to develop a specific type of machines, known as dialogue systems, that are capable of communicating with human beings using our language and completing pre-defined tasks for us, such as…


I have recently joined the Department of English at the University of Texas as a PhD student.
Here I attempt to wear — sometimes on top of each other — the hats of the poet and the poetry scholar. As a poetry scholar I am conceptualising a doctoral project that…



I was born in China and moved to Cambridge at the age of eleven.
Little did I know then that I would go on to study and to have a family here — Cambridge has become my home! …


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At the beginning of the year I joined the Graduate Student Body (GSB) as an External Officer.
While hoping the pandemic would improve, I was getting myself familiar with the new position and responsibilities, and looking forward to organising some nice in-person events in collaboration with other colleges. Yet, to my…


Due to the mercurial nature of the pandemic and its variants, and lack of adequate time available for teams to train and prepare (having only been permitted to return to the University en masse as recently as 17 May), the Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs (CUCBC) cancelled Bumps. …


For me Clare Hall was the perfect fit, as I love its egalitarian and cosmopolitan vibe.
I could not imagine myself in one of the more traditional colleges that follow certain archaic rules and rituals. …


The precious pearl of learning
In 2026 we’ll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Clare Hall, and the 700th anniversary of Clare College. The decision by Clare College to use part of its endowment to establish Clare Hall is one of its most inspiring — and what a success it has…


Thomas Glave

I was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up there and in Kingston, Jamaica.
I graduated from Bowdoin College and Brown University in the USA, and was awarded my first Fulbright Fellowship in 1998, for a year of study and writing in Jamaica. During that year in Jamaica…

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