University of Cambridge2015 League Table Ranking 1
2015 Overall Score 1000
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- The university, founded in 1209, has recently celebrated its 800th anniversary.
Location and Transport
- Cambridge is 88.5km (55 miles) north of London, off the M11 motorway, a 45-minute journey by train.
- Stansted Airport is 48km (30 miles) away.
- Most conditional offers made by the Cambridge colleges will require A*A*A in three A-level subjects (or equivalent) for science courses (excluding Psychological and Behavioural Sciences), and A*AA for arts courses (and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences).
- Colleges have the discretion to make non-standard offers where appropriate as part of their holistic assessment of candidates.
- Applicants may be asked to submit written work or sit a test (i.e. BMAT or a college-based test).
- The university interviews the majority of its undergraduate applicants.
- Courses cover the subject very broadly in the initial years and then become more specialised within a wide range of options in the later years.
- Cambridge is at the international forefront of excellence in teaching and research.
- Performance league tables consistently place Cambridge among the world's top-ranking institutions.
- Supervisions, small group tutorials with a senior member of the university, are one of the unique advantages of the teaching at Cambridge.
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 71% of academic staff were deemed to be producing world-leading or internationally excellent research – the highest proportion of outstanding research in the UK.
- Cambridge has produced 89 Nobel Prize winners.
- The university has one of the highest levels of graduate employment in the UK.
- Every college has a computer suite, linked to the university network and available (usually round the clock) for work and email.
- Each college library contains the standard texts needed for an undergraduate course, as well as other materials. The university provides extensive library facilities in every department.
- The university library is a copyright library, meaning it receives by law a copy of every book published in Britain.
- The university has a Disability Resource Centre.
- Find out about the disability service at Cambridge University on the website.
- Telephone 01223 332301, fax 01223 766863, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The union exists to represent Cambridge students' interests at a university level, and to provide central services and support for all students.
- A wide range of sports are catered for at university and college level. Sports facilities include playing fields, courts, boathouses and often additional facilities such as multi-gyms.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- An ongoing estate development programme is currently valued at more than £430 million, with major new faculty, research and accommodation facilities.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Since the university terms are short and highly demanding on students' time and intellectual capabilities, the university strongly discourages taking on part-time work during term time.
- Christ's College – Charles Darwin, Sacha Baron-Cohen, Rowan Williams.
- Clare College – Siegfried Sassoon, Roger Norrington, David Attenborough.
- Corpus Christi College – Christopher Marlow, John Fletcher, Matthew Parker.
- Darwin College – Jane Goodall.
- Downing College – John Cleese, Trevor Nunn, Thandie Newton.
- Emmanuel College – John Harvard, Griff Rhys Jones, Graham Chapman.
- Fitzwilliam College – Lord Fawsley, Lee Kuan Yew, Nick Drake.
- Girton College – Sandi Toksvig, Raquel Cassidy, Delia Derbyshire.
- Gonville and Caius College – Thomas Shadwell, Harold Abrahams, Alastair Campbell.
- Homerton College – Nick Hancock, Cherie Lunghi, Graham Wynne.
- Jesus College – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Snowdon, Nick Nornby.
- Kings College – Francis Walsingham, Salman Rushdie, Lily Cole.
- Magdalene College – Samuel Pepys, Katie Derham, Alan Rusbridger.
- New Hall College – Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, Sue Perkins.
- Newnham College – Emma Thompson, A.S. Byatt, Claire Balding.
- Pembroke College – William Pitt, Jonathan Lynn, Eric Idle.
- Peterhouse College – Charles Babbage, Sam Mendes, David Mitchell.
- Queens' College – Stephen Fry, Richard Hickox, Osborne Reynolds.
- Robinson College – Charles Hart, Konnie Huq, Robert Webb.
- St Catharine's College – Ian McKellen, Steve Punt, Richard Ayoade.
- St John's College – William Wordsworth, Hugh Dennis, Sid Waddell.
- Selwyn College – Hugh Laurie, Simon Hughes, Robert Harris.
- Sidney Sussex College – Oliver Cromwell, Ian Lang, Tom Kilburn.
- Trinity – John Nott, Stephen Frears, Charles Moore.
- Trinity Hall College – J.B Priestley, Terry Waite, Stephen Hawking.
- For a comprehensive guide on applying to Cambridge, see here.
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