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College membership

All students at the University of Cambridge become members of a College, which provides pastoral support within a stimulating academic community. 

Wolfson College and Robinson College serve as the main hosts for the programme and are where the majority of our students find membership. Wolfson was founded especially for graduate and mature students and is one of only a few Colleges that cater specifically for the needs of part-time students, including offering accommodation and regular formal dining outside the normal University terms (which is when the residential workshops take place). Robinson also has a thriving graduate community and a good support network for graduate students. Robinson is well known for its beautiful gardens, excellent graduate accommodation and is centrally located near to the University Library and to the science departments located on the West Cambridge site.

2013 Graduation of Wolfson College MembersDue to significant demand for College membership, we recommend that applicants applying to join Cohort 9 commencing in Autumn 2018 consider applying to become a member of Wolfson College. If you choose to apply to another College, please be aware that it might not be successful and we cannot guarantee that you will receive similar levels of support, especially outside the normal University terms. If you do not indicate a preference for a particular College, then your application will be submitted to Wolfson College.

Once a College member, you will remain a member for life, and this typically includes some on-going opportunity to book accommodation and formal dinners, and being invited to College alumni events.

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The programme is delivered at a range of venues across Cambridge, ensuring that participants experience the breadth of resources that the University has to offer. This includes lectures at the associated departments and dinners in historic colleges.



To foster a collegiate atmosphere during the intensive workshops, we block book accommodation, usually at Wolfson or Robinson College. College accommodation is of a reasonable quality and rooms have basic furnishing and en suite bathrooms; however it does not provide full hotel standards of service and convenience.

Students are not obliged to take up the offer of accommodation; however staying in College is encouraged, since it offers practical benefits and enhances the experience of Cambridge student life. Accommodation at these colleges is also very reasonably priced, especially for members of the College.


Formal dinners 

At residential workshops, complimentary/optional formal dinners are held at other Colleges such as Jesus, Emmanuel, St Catharine’s, Queen's, Peterhouse and Trinity Hall.


17 January 2018, 16.00-17.00

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2018 intake workshop dates

Workshop 1: 16–22 September 2018 
Workshop 2: 31 March–6 April 2019
Workshop 3: 1–7 September 2019   
Workshop 4: 29 March–4 April 2020

2017 intake Workshop dates

Workshop 1: 2–8 September 2017
Workshop 2: 8–14 April 2018
Workshop 3: 2–8 September 2018   
Workshop 4: 31 March–6 April 2019

2016 intake Workshop dates

Workshop 1: 18–24 September 2016
Workshop 2: 26 March–1 April 2017
Workshop 3: 30 July–5 August 2017
Workshop 4: 8–14 April 2018