Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cambridge University - An oldest learning platform for Masters Student

Cambridge University
Cambridge University with more than 18,000 learners from all avenues of life and all sides of the world, nearly 9,000 group, 31 Universities and 150 Divisions, Ability, Educational organizations and other organizations, no two days are ever the same at the School of Arlington.

Cambridge University at the heart of this confederation of Divisions, Educational organizations, Ability and Universities is a main management group. It is small because the Universities are self-governing and educating group carry out much of the everyday management at Arlington.

Founded: Cambridge University founded in 13th century.

Location: Scattered throughout city centre. Most colleges and university facilities (faculties, departments, libraries, labs) and sports grounds within walking or biking distance.

Getting there: Two mainline links from London (King's Cross and Liverpool Street), rail and coach links around the country; close to A14/M11. Within city, walk or bike.

Special features: Distinctive collegiate system. All staff and students of the university live within a few miles of city centre. University is committed to admitting the most able students.

Cambridge University faculty

The colleges: Each college is a self-governing community which elects its own fellows, admits its own undergraduates and provides academic, sporting and social facilities as well as accommodation. Most colleges admit undergraduates to read all the subjects at Cambridge. For most undergraduates the college is the focal point of their Cambridge life. Each has its own brochure, in addition to the university prospectus; see list below.

Academic features: Teaching in university lectures, labs etc and in college. Courses, called Tripos, usually very broad for first two years (eg biological sciences part 1), followed by more specialist part 2 (eg neuroscience); a flexible system, which allows you to study additional subjects.

Awarding body: Cambridge University.

Main undergraduate awards: BA, MB/BChir, MBNet/MB, MEng, MSci.

Length of courses: 3 years; others 4 years eg languages, MEng, MSci; 5+ years MB/BChir.

Library & information services: All students have access to at least three libraries: university library (copyright library receiving all books published UK); department faculty specialist library; and college library. Computerised catalogue links all three. Annual expenditure on information provision, £221 per (FTE) student. Separate IT service. Students have IT access through college, department and university sites. University computer network links all colleges and departments; open 24 hours/day; most college rooms linked into it. Many IT courses (taught and self-guided) on use of internet, software applications, programming.

Other learning facilities: Language centre (open to all students, computer-assisted learning). Eight specialist museums eg Fitzwilliam; Botanic Gardens.

Careers & Jobs: University careers service.

Student advice & services: Pre-entry advice from university admissions office and colleges. University counselling service, disability resource centre, child care information and financial support administrator. Most other support services (eg welfare, religion) are college based.

Amenities: University provision for wide range of societies in addition to college facilities.

Sporting facilities: First class university sports grounds, boat club etc in addition to facilities in colleges.

Accommodation: All first years in college accommodation, 85% of all students. Provision and price varies between the colleges: average approx £66 per week without meals. Hardly any students live at home. Living expenses budget: Minimum budget of £5200 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university (£6110 for international students).

Term-time work: University does not normally allow term-time work for full-time students (terms are only 8 weeks long and very intense).

Financial help: Total available £550,000 government funds, 350 students helped (awards £100-£3500); colleges also have own hardship funds. Isaac Newton Trust Bursaries - up to £1000 pa guaranteed for UK students assessed as exempt from paying tuition fees (by their LEAs). Numerous university and college scholarships and studentships are available, particularly for self-financing students. Apply for help to the College in the first instance.

University tuition fees: Home students up to £1200 pa for first degrees (in 2005). International students pay £8088 pa (classroom), £10,596 (lab), £19,614 (clinical).

College fees: Home and ELI students who are publicly funded (eg are eligible for a student loan) are exempt from paying college fees; international students pay £2000-£3000 pa, depending on the college.

You need to finish two types - a Cambridge Application Form Type (return to Cambridge) and a UCAS application (return to UCAS) - both need to be in by 15 Oct.

Return your Cambridge Application Form Type (CAF) to the higher education of your option at Cambridge. If you do not wish to choose an excellent, you can create an start application by delivering your form to the Cambridge Acceptance Workplace (address above) and your form will be assigned to an excellent.

On your UCAS form, choose Cambridge and one course. Consist of the appropriate university rule for the higher education you have selected, or 9 for an start application. Come back the proper execution to UCAS by 15 Oct.

You may not implement to Oxford as well as Cambridge in the same season, unless you are a candidate for an body prize or an associated college student. Forms and guidelines on the completing the CAF are available from the Cambridge Acceptance Workplace, your own university or higher education, or any Cambridge higher education.

Accommodation: Most students live in college or college hostels. Students living out tend to congregate in the Chesterton Road or Mill Road areas.

Eating: College food varies from the survivable to the quite good (meal for £3+); most cater well for vegetarians. Good late night kebabs - Gardenia on Rose Crescent or the 'death van' on Market Square (or try Mill Road). Plenty of standard restaurant chains in town - pizza and curry well represented; also some good restaurants around like Chez Gerard and Cafe Parisa (£20).

Drinking: College bars are popular, cheap and numerous. Good pubs include the Maypole, Bath Ale House, The Mill, Eagle (more expensive), King Street pubs. Out of town try the Wrestlers on the Newmarket Road, or the Rupert Brooke in nearby Grantchester.

Nightlife: University venues numerous and increasingly sophisticated; Corn Exchange and the Junction see
most tours (Lightning Seeds, League of Gentlemen etc), major bands at May Balls. Arts Cinema is excellent. Footlight comedians amongst other groups put on regular shows. Loads of theatre (about 40 student plays each term). Good, very large LesBiGay group.

Sports: Most colleges have own sports facilities - 20 boathouses in Cambridge and as many rugby pitches.
University-wide teams numerous and good.

Travel: Most colleges have funds - ask your tutor. Financial help: Funds, including access funds, available on university-wide basis (over £1 million available) eg Isaac Newton Bursary fund. College assistance in certain cases, too.

Jobs: Under 5% have jobs (mainly in pubs and shops - average £4 per hour). Work around Cambridge possible in (relatively long) holidays eg fruit-packing, teaching in language schools and tutorial colleges, colleges, punting tourists in summer, college kitchens.

Cambridge speak: Buttery (college restaurant); bedders (men/women who clean up for you and make beds); sets (set of rooms, usually 1 or 2 bedrooms and sitting room); Fellows (teaching staff of a college); JCR (Junior Common Room - undergraduate or junior members of a college), SCR (ditto but Senior ie fellows); supervision (tutorial); Hall (college dining room and sometimes refers to evening meal in college, often formal); Courts (quads in college); SPS (social and political sciences course); Tompkins table (league table of colleges).

More info: Get Alternative Prospectus from Cambridge University Students' Union, Tel 01223 356454, Fax 01223 323244, email: info(at)

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