Navigating resources and support at both the University and your College might seem complex. This section provides a quick list of academic resources and support available to undergraduates and postgraduates at Cambridge.
New to Cambridge? Check out the studying section on our Freshers website for a guide on being an under/postgraduate at Cambridge.
Sources of Academic Support
- CUSU's Education Officer is always happy to help out, to try and answer your queries or to put you in touch with the right people. Drop by the CUSU office, ring 01223 761693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty Reps and College Academic Officers are there to help you and present your concerns to the relevant people. Let them know when you're unhappy about something or need help.
- Faculty Secretaries, administrators and librarians have a detailed knowledge of the faculty and will often be glad to hear your comments, ideas, or questions.
- If you would like to speak to someone in confidence regarding an issue you may be having relating to your course, college or tutors, please get in touch with the Students' Unions' Advice Service.
The academic conventions and working pace at Cambridge might be different from what you've been used to, either as an A-Level student or as an undergraduate at another university. Knowing how to study effectively will help you with your work throughout the year as well as preparing for exams or for writing an essay or dissertation. There are several resources to support you with this:
- The Student Gateway helps students navigate Cambridge's complex institutional structure. If you're unsure about something, whether its exams, a disability or medical issue, or student finance.
- Student Advice Service Academic Resources Page provides links to study skills suited to the Cambridge student.
- Cambridge University Skills Portal offers presentations, guides, and training for improving studying skills.
- Transkills works with academic staff and students to facilitate the transition of first year undergraduates from their prior learning experiences to study at university.
- Training@Cam provides training for all sorts of skills, including web design, finance management, or introduction to Microsoft Excel. Most of them are available at no cost.
- Language Center – You can enrol in taught courses, take out self-taught courses, watch international TV, or find a conversation partner in another language.
- The University Computing Service – UCS provides IT help and supplies you with a Raven account. Here you can access networked PCs (Windows/Linux) and Apple Macintosh Computers running a wide range of software, together with printers and scanners and a central filestore. Look out for their termly programmes of a wide range of training courses.
- Museums - All students have free entry to all University museums, ranging from The Whipple Museum of the History of Science and the Botanic Garden to the Scott Polar Research Institute.
- The Careers Service runs a range of careers fairs, career-specific seminars and has an extensive library of resources. You can also book individual appointments with a careers advisor.
- Libraries, e-resources, ebooks, and online archives – Cambridge has over 100 libraries: if your college library doesn't have what you're looking for, try your faculty library, look at other college libraries, or visit the University Library. Many books, journals, and databases should be available online, too.
The University and Colleges may make readings available online. Supervisors submit reports online and you can check your transcript online. There's no one centralised online hub to do all of these, so here's a run-down of all the individual online tools you'll want to familiarise yourself with once you get here.
- CamSIS - Everything, well most things academic, that you do whilst studying at Cambridge will be recorded in CamSIS. Enrolling for examinations, checking examination results, key contact information, athletic participation; all these things, and more, are logged on your CamSIS record.
- CamCORS - The Cambridge Colleges' Online Reporting System for Supervisions (CamCORS) provides an online environment where supervisors can submit termly reports on their undergraduate supervisees. Once submitted, it also enables students to read their own supervision reports.
- CGSRS - Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System (CGSRS) is the online supervision reporting system used by the supervisors of graduate students, faculties and departments, degree committees, colleges, and the Board of Graduate Studies. As with CamCORS, once submitted the reports are available for the student the read.
- CamTOOLS – Many departments use this online learning space specifically to upload readings, lecture handouts, faculty handbooks, or powerpoint slides. Ask your DoS or lecturer if you can access it.