University of Cambridge
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209; it has a global reputation for outstanding academic achievement and world-class original research.
UCAS Code: C05
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Level of study
- Undergraduate 61%
- Postgraduate 39%
Mode of study
- Full Time 92%
- Part Time 8%
Where students come from
- UK 66%
- EU 13%
- Other 22%
- Male 53%
- Female 47%
Student Services and Facilities
Libraries and Information Services
- Each college library contains the standard texts needed for undergraduate courses, as well as other materials. The university provides extensive library facilities in every department.
- The university library is a copyright library (entitled by law to receive a copy of every book published in Britain).
- The university takes the view that its students should not work during term-time – an appropriate work:life balance is important to ensure students' well-being. A wide range of financial support is offered to undergraduates so they do not need to find paid work during term-time.
- In addition to the support and guidance offered by the university’s Careers Service, many colleges and departments offer careers advice and services.
- Students are advised to register with a GP on arrival at university.
- Most Cambridge colleges also have a nurse who can help with a variety of health and welfare needs – including assessments and support for minor illnesses and injuries.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
Counselling and Mental Health Support
- The university encourages students to take positive action to maintain their well-being.
- The university Counselling Service provides free, specialist mental health interventions through a professionally staffed confidential service to students experiencing psychological distress.
- In addition, two Mental Health Advisers provide a range of support to students experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties, through referral from the student's college or university staff.
- The university's Disability Resource Centre (DRC) offers guidance, information and support to prospective and current students with a disability, specific learning difference, autism, and/or long-term health condition.
- Transitional events run in September for students who have declared a disability and who are about to start their studies at the university.
Other services and facilities
- Opening in 2019, a new Student Services Centre will bring under one roof a number of teams providing support to students. This includes the University Counselling Service, Disability Resource Centre, and the Careers Service.
- The Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) represents the interests of all university students and provides a range of central services and support beyond that provided by the colleges.
- Every college also has its own Students' Union, to which students are elected to represent students at a college level.
- The earliest records for the University of Cambridge date from 1209, when scholars from Oxford arrived in the town.
- A collegiate university, Peterhouse was the first college to be founded, in 1284; the university now comprises 31 colleges and 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions.
- Historic figures associated with the university include Thomas Cranmer, first Archbishop of the Church of England after the Reformation; Isaac Newton, whose Principia Mathematica established the fundamental principles of modern physics; and literary giants Wordsworth, Coleridge and Byron.
- Researchers at the University of Cambridge have been developing a material that mimics spider silk, spun from a material that is 98% water. Using silica and cellulose, the fibres are both sustainable and low-energy to produce.
Notable Alumni and Famous Faces
- David Attenborough – broadcaster and naturalist.
- Dian Fossey – conservationist.
- Thandie Newton – actress.
- Sandi Toksvig – comedian and political activist.
- Alan Turing – computer scientist.
- A S Byatt – novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner.
- David Mitchell – comedian, actor and writer.
- Robert Webb – comedian, actor and writer.
- Antony Gormley – sculptor.
- John Sentamu – Anglican bishop.
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