This is a list of the colleges within the University of Cambridge .
The colleges provide most of the accommodation for undergraduates and graduates at the University. At the undergraduate level they have responsibility for admitting students to the university and organising elements of their tuition, though lectures and examinations are organised by the faculties and departments of the central University.For graduates, research is conducted virtually entirely centrally in the faculties, departments and other university-affiliated research centres, though the colleges provide a central social and intellectual hub for students.
They also provide funding, accommodation, or both, for some of the academic posts in the university, with the majority of Cambridge academics being a fellow of a college in addition to their Faculty/Departmental role.They are self-governed charities in their own right, with their own endowments and possessions. Until the mid-19th century, both Cambridge and Oxford comprised a group of colleges with a small central university administration, rather than universities in the common sense.
The University of Cambridge has 31 colleges,founded between the 13th and 20th centuries. No colleges were founded between 1596 (Sidney Sussex College) and 1800 (Downing College), which allows the colleges to be distinguished into two groups according to foundation date:
The oldest college is Peterhouse, founded in 1284,and the newest is Robinson, founded in 1977. Homerton, which was first founded in the eighteenth century as a dissenting academy (and later teacher training college), attained full college status in 2010.
All 16 of the "old" colleges and 7 of the 15 "new" ones admit both male and female students as both undergraduates and postgraduates, without any age restrictions. Eight colleges restrict entry by sex, or by age of undergraduates, or admit only postgraduates:
No colleges are all-male, although most originally were. Darwin, founded in 1964, was the first mixed college, while in 1972 Churchill, Clare and King's colleges were the first previously all-male colleges to admit women. The last all-male college to become mixed was Magdalene, in 1988.In 1973 Hughes Hall became the first all-female college to admit men, and Girton admitted men in 1976.
Lucy Cavendish also places restrictions on the admission of staff members, allowing only females to become fellows of the college.The same is true of Newnham, but not Murray Edwards.
Main article: Collegiate Gothic
The Cambridge and Oxford colleges have served as an architectural inspiration for Collegiate Gothic Architecture, used by a number of American universities including Princeton University and Washington University in St. Louis since the late nineteenth century.
Reference for columns males, females, undergraduates, postgraduates, total is. Abbreviation is an official abbreviation used within the University.
|College, with logo and scarf colours||Head|| Net Assets |
|Assets per student|
|1505||Dr Jane Stapleton, Master||440||258||58||42||698||£107,000,000||£196,757,000||£271,438||CHR|
|1960||Professor Dame Athene Donald, Master||476||228||71||29||704||£34,273,000||£173,998,000||£247,156||CHU|
|1326||Anthony Grabiner, Baron Grabiner QC, Master||473||182||52||48||655||£125,500,000||£277,007,000||£422,911||CL|
|1966||Professor David Ibbetson, President||0||155||47||53||155||£18,180,429||£38,504,565||£91,738||CLH||Graduate students only.|
|1352||Professor Christopher Kelly, Master||266||201||60||40||467||£94,683,000||£233,030,000||£455,747||CC|
|1964||Professor Mary Fowler, Master||0||710||54||46||710||£22,775,664||£71,989,043||£101,393||DAR||Graduate students only.|
|1800||Alan Bookbinder, Master||464||307||56||44||771||£48,400,000||£195,400,000||£253,437||DOW|
|1584||Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master||470||280||51||49||750||£90,174,265||£276,129,510||£338,305||EM|
|1869 (1966)||Sally Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Master||386||469||61||39||855||£59,272,000||£144,993,000||£169,582||F|
|1869||Professor Susan J. Smith, Mistress||455||321||53||47||776||£49,229,000||£152,179,000||£186,148||G||Formerly women's only; became mixed in 1976|
|1348||Dr Pippa Rogerson, Master||591||195||60||40||786||£73,249,000||£337,917,000||£429,919||CAI|
|1768 (1976)||Professor Geoffrey Ward, Principal||564||554||37||63||1118||£145,981,706||£192,072,000||£171,799||HO|
|1885 (1949)||Dr Anthony Freeling, President||60||500||61||39||736||£12,310,000||£43,727,997||£59,413||HH||Mature undergrad, and grad students only. Became mixed in 1973.|
|1496||Sonita Alleyne, Master||516||395||57||43||911||£203,565,936||£336,826,910||£369,733||JE|
|1441||Professor Michael Proctor, Provost||394||187||57||43||648||£99,314,000||£363,018,000||£560,212||K|
|1965||Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins, President||110||110||0||100||380||£12,288,000||£43,945,000||£115,644||LC||Mature female undergrad, and female grad students only.|
|1428||The Right Reverend Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Master|
Professor Sir Christopher Greenwood, Master-elect
|1954||Dame Barbara Stocking, President||381||199||0||100||580||£36,297,000||£74,812,930||£128,987||MUR||Female only. Formerly New Hall.|
|1871||Alison Rose, Principal||412||112||0||100||638||£57,011,185||£207,371,289||£325,033||N||Female students only.|
|1347||Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, Master||442||155||53||47||597||£80,041,000||£184,480,000||£226,688||PEM|
|1284||Bridget Kendall, Master||260||110||57||43||370||£16,526,000||£326,980,000||£883,729||PET|
|1448|| John Eatwell, Baron Eatwell, President|
Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian, President-elect
|1977||Professor David Yates, Warden||422||73||60||40||495||£21,090,000||£93,458,000||£165,883||R|
|1473||Professor Sir Mark Welland, Master||462||159||52||48||621||£39,925,000||£116,584,000||£156,836||CTH|
|1896||Catherine Arnold, Master||112||356||69||31||574||£17,181,000||£40,296,000||£70,202||ED||Mature undergrad, and grad students only.|
|1511||Heather Hancock, Master-elect||588||243||59||41||831||£599,800,000||£818,000,000||£843,014||JN|
|1882||Roger Mosey, Master||377||249||55||45||626||£44,538,000||£116,267,000||£185,730||SE|
|1596||Professor Richard Penty, Master||370||232||63||37||602||£27,943,000||£133,288,000||£221,408||SID|
|1546||Professor Dame Sally Davies, Master||696||365||63||37||1061||£1,463,700,000||£1,474,875,000||£1,390,080||T|
|1350||The Reverend Jeremy Morris, Master||382||230||54||46||612||£66,747,000||£317,171,000||£518,253||TH|
|1965||Professor Jane Clarke, President||119||385||64||36||887||£24,468,000||£67,286,000||£75,857||W||Mature undergrad, and grad students only.|
There are also several theological colleges in Cambridge (for example Ridley Hall, Wesley House, Westcott House and Westminster College) that are affiliated with the university through the Cambridge Theological Federation. These colleges, while not officially part of the University of Cambridge, operate programmes that are either validated by or are taught on behalf either of the university or of Anglia Ruskin or Durham Universities.
Most colleges are led by a Master, even when the Master is female. However, there are some exceptions, listed below. Girton College has always had a Mistress, even though male candidates have been able to run for the office since 1976.
Also see List of current heads of University of Cambridge colleges.
The above list does not include several former colleges that no longer exist. These include:
Lucy Cavendish College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge which currently only admits female postgraduates and undergraduates aged 21 or over.
Newnham College is a women's constituent college of the University of Cambridge.
The Senate House of the University of Cambridge is now used mainly for degree ceremonies. It was formerly also used for meetings of the Council of the Senate.
A May Ball is a ball at the end of the academic year that takes place at any of the colleges of the University of Cambridge. They are elaborate and lavish formal affairs, requiring black tie or sometimes white tie, with ticket prices ranging from around £100 to as much as £640 for a pair of dining tickets at Trinity. May Ball budgets generally exceed £100,000, although some are as high as £400,000 or even more. The balls are held in the colleges, starting around from 6-9 p.m. and lasting until well after dawn. "Survivors photographs" are taken of those who last until morning. Other colleges frequently hold winter balls, such as the popular Selwyn Snowball, who recently had acts such Tinchy Stryder and Mumford and Sons headlining.
The Ascension Parish Burial Ground, formerly the burial ground for the parish of St Giles and St Peter's, is a cemetery in Cambridge, England. It includes the graves and memorials of many University of Cambridge academics and non-conformists of the 19th and early 20th century. The cemetery encapsulates a century-and-a-half of the university's modern history, with 83 people with Oxford Dictionary of National Biography biographies. Among those buried here John Couch Adams, the astronomer, is unique in also having a memorial in Westminster Abbey.
The May Bumps are a set of rowing races, held annually on the River Cam in Cambridge, England. They began in 1887 after separating from the Lent Bumps, the equivalent bumping races held at the end of February or start of March. Prior to the separation there had been a single set of annual bumps dating from its inception in 1827. The races are open to all college boat clubs from the University of Cambridge, the University Medical and Veterinary Schools and Anglia Ruskin Boat Club. The May Bumps takes place over four days in mid-June and is run as a bumps race.
The May Bumps 2009 were a series of rowing races held in Cambridge UK. The bumps featured crews from all Cambridge University Colleges and Anglia Ruskin University. They were held from Wednesday 10 June 2009 until Saturday 13 June 2009. The races were run as a bumps race, which have been held annually in mid-June in this form since 1887. See May Bumps for the format of the races. In 2009, a total of 171 crews are expected to take part, with over 1500 participants in total.
Anna McClean Bidder was a British zoologist and academic. She was co-founder and first President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
The University of Cambridge Graduate Union is the official graduate students' union at the University of Cambridge, England. It is responsible for supporting graduate students and advocating issues via University committees and beyond. In November 2019, students voted by referendum to dissolve both the Graduate Union and Cambridge University Students' Union to form one student union, Cambridge SU.
The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Founded in 1209 and granted a royal charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university. The university grew out of an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with the townspeople. The two 'ancient universities' share many common features and are often referred to jointly as 'Oxbridge'. The academic standards, history, influence and wealth of the University of Cambridge has made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
The May Bumps 2010 were a series of rowing races held in Cambridge with crews from the boat clubs of all Cambridge University Colleges, the University Medical and Veterinary Schools and Anglia Ruskin University from Wednesday 9 June 2010 until Saturday 12 June 2010. The races were run as a bumps race and have been held annually in mid-June in this form since 1887. See May Bumps for the format of the races. In 2010, a total of 172 crews took part, with nearly 1550 participants in total.
The Lent Bumps 2011 was a series of rowing races being held at Cambridge University from Tuesday 1 March 2011 until Saturday 5 March 2011. The event was run as a bumps race and is the 124th set of races in the series of Lent Bumps which have been held annually in late-February or early March in this form since 1887. See Lent Bumps for the format of the races. In 2011, 121 crews took part, with nearly 1100 participants in total.
The Lent Bumps 2012 was a series of rowing races at Cambridge University from Tuesday 28 February 2012 to Saturday 3 March 2012. The event was run as a bumps race and was the 125th set of races in the series of Lent Bumps which have been held annually in late February or early March since 1887. See Lent Bumps for the format of the races. 121 crews took part, with nearly 1100 participants in total.
The Lent Bumps 2013 was a series of rowing races at Cambridge University from Tuesday 26 February 2013 to Saturday 2 March 2013. The event was run as a bumps race and was the 126th set of races in the series of Lent Bumps which have been held annually in late February or early March since 1887. See Lent Bumps for the format of the races. 121 crews took part, with nearly 1100 participants in total.
The Michell Cup is a cup awarded annually at Cambridge University to the College boat club who has got the most points over the academic year. It was instituted in 1923 in the memory of Robert Williams Michell
The May Bumps 2014 was a series of rowing races at Cambridge University from Wednesday 11 June 2014 to Saturday 14 June 2014. The event was run as a bumps race and have been held annually in mid-June in this form since 1887. See May Bumps for the format of the races.
The Lent Bumps 2014 was a series of rowing races at Cambridge University from Tuesday 25 February 2014 to Saturday 1 March 2014. The event was run as a bumps race and was the 127th set of races in the series of Lent Bumps which have been held annually in late February or early March since 1887. See Lent Bumps for the format of the races. 103 crews took part, with nearly 950 participants in total.