The University of Cambridge is rich in history - its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the world. But the University's museums and collections also hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past and present, of the University's academics and students.
The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.
Many of the University's customs and unusual terminology can be traced to roots in the early years of the University's long history, and this booklet looks to the past to find the origins of much that is distinctive in the University of today.
The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.
The University's core values are as follows:
freedom of thought and expression
freedom from discrimination
the encouragement of a questioning spirit
an extensive range of academic subjects in all major subject groups
quality and depth of provision across all subjects
the close inter-relationship between teaching, scholarship, and research
strong support for individual researchers as well as research groups
residence in Cambridge as central to most courses
education which enhances the ability of students to learn throughout life
The University's relationship with society
the widest possible student access to the University
the contribution which the University can make to society through the pursuit, dissemination, and application of knowledge
the place of the University within the broader academic and local community
opportunities for innovative partnerships with business, charitable foundations, and healthcare
concern for sustainability and the relationship with the environment
The Collegiate University
the relationship between the University and the Colleges as fundamental to the nature of Cambridge
the interdisciplinary nature of the Colleges as a major stimulus to teaching and learning
the enhanced quality of experience for students and staff through College membership
recognition and reward of the University's staff as its greatest asset
the encouragement of career development for all staff
the opportunities for broadening the experience of students and staff through participation in sport, music, drama, the visual arts, and other cultural activities