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About Cambridge University

The University generally

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The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world, and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. It has a world-wide reputation for outstanding academic achievement and the high quality of research undertaken in a wide range of science and arts subjects.

The University pioneers work in the understanding of disease, the creation of new materials, advances in telecommunications, and research into the origins of the universe. It trains doctors, veterinary surgeons, architects, engineers and teachers.

About half of the students at Cambridge study arts and humanities subjects at undergraduate or postgraduate degree level. Many of these have gone on to become prominent figures in the arts, print and broadcast media. It may be helpful to see information on all of the courses offered at Cambridge, as well as the explanation of Cambridge's degree classification system.

The University's achievements in the sciences can be measured by the sixty or more Nobel Prizes awarded to its members over the years.

Organisation and student numbers

The University of Cambridge has an undergraduate population of over 11,000 and is an international centre for advanced study and research with some 5,500 postgraduate students.

Every student is a member of the University of Cambridge, of a faculty or department, and of a college. The University organises examinations (these are mainly in the Easter Term, see exam timetable), awards degrees, and through its 21 faculties and 50 departments manages and provides teaching and research.

The 31 colleges look after their students' accommodation, general welfare and personal tuition. Each college will ensure that its students have a Tutor who is responsible for helping with any problems, a Director of Studies who oversees the individual student's academic work, and supervisors who supervise academic topics.

The University of Cambridge is not a campus university, therefore unlike other universities it has no central Students' Union building or cafeteria, nor are there any central notice boards. Contacting your target audience of students can sometimes involve a number of different routes, and the Careers Service can offer invaluable advice on advertising vacancies, presenting at Cambridge, attending careers events and effective publicity.