What is a college?
Darwin is one of 31 colleges of the University of Cambridge. The online University Graduate Studies Prospectus provides a general introduction to the college system in Cambridge. If you don't know what a Cambridge college is, this is a good place to start.
What is special about Darwin?
Darwin is a post-graduate college: the majority of our students are reading for Masters or PhD degrees. Darwin provides an international community in which graduate students, postdoctoral workers, senior visitors,and college fellows can interact with colleagues having the broadest spectrum of research interests.
Darwin, like most Cambridge Colleges, is co-educational and has no restrictions on the subjects of study. It has 45 Professorial and Official Fellows, including a Master (the Head of House elected by the fellows), most of whom are University Teaching Officers in their subjects. There are also about 20 Research Fellows. The Adrian and Finley Fellowships are stipendiary, and in addition 4 to 6 non-stipendiary Research Fellows are elected each year.
There are approximately 600 students, most of whom are studying for M.Phil (a one year course) or Ph.D. (normally three year course) degrees. A striking feature of the College is that half the students are from more than 50 overseas countries. Darwin also has Associate Members, who are usually academic visitors from abroad and Research Associates who work in the different Departments of the University.
A particular aim of the College is to broaden the experience of the students, and activities for this purpose are co-ordinated by the Education and Research Committee. Two academic groups, one based on the Arts and the other on the Sciences, organise seminars, lectures, colloquia and field trips outside Cambridge.
As with all Cambridge Colleges, Darwin is legally constituted by its Statutes and Ordinances. These define in full just what the College does. The Darwin College Ordinances and Statutes are available online.
More detailed information on all aspects of the college are available in the College information book.
Freedom of Information Act
Darwin College is prepared to respond to Freedom of Information requests in a timely manner. Please contact the College Bursar (bursars [dot] sec [at] darwin [dot] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk) with your request or for more information on our FOI compliance.
The College tie, scarf, cuff links and College Shield are obtainable from Messrs Ryder & Amies, 21 King's Parade, Cambridge. College tee shirts are available from the DCSA.
Our Oxford sister college - Wolfson
Like most Cambridge Colleges, Darwin is linked with a sister College at Oxford, Wolfson, which is also a Graduate College. There is an annual Sports' Day in the Lent Term, when one College hosts the other in alternate years. In addition, each can usually offer hospitality to visitors from its sister College.
Telephone: (01865) 274100
Fax: (01865) 274125
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