College Provision for Graduate Students


Colleges vary in the detail of their provision, atmosphere and culture. The shared academic resources, experience and practical support complement the academic provision of the University. As members of colleges, students have rights, privileges and responsibilities, and will gain most from membership by participating in their shared intellectual and social life.

Tutorial provision for graduates in Colleges
Tutorial support for graduates comprises a very wide range of provision, covering graduate welfare in the broadest sense. In most Colleges it is delivered by more than one person, e.g. graduate tutors, nurses, chaplains, students’ financial advisors, or others, and some Colleges have more than one Tutor for graduates. However it is delivered, tutorial provision for graduates is an essential component of collegiate life.
The Tutor for Advanced Students, aided by the Graduate Tutors, has overall responsibility for the welfare of the graduate students in the College. This implies a general role broadly similar to that of the Senior Tutor and Tutors for undergraduate students, but in practice quite different in many ways because of the different needs of graduates and the different structure of their academic studies. The responsibilities start with admissions and continue with pastoral care, other support and some degree of monitoring of academic progress in liaison with Supervisors, Departments or Faculties, and the Board of Graduate Studies.
The Tutor for Advanced Students and Graduate Tutors will promote the interest of graduates in the College and in the University as a whole and act as the College representative for graduates on University bodies.
The list below details some of the ways in which the tutorial support which should be given to graduates is delivered. These functions are fulfilled in a variety of different ways by each College, and tasks are often shared among Graduate Tutors, Tutorial Office Staff, nurses, other staff and Fellows. Clearly some of these functions entail strict confidentiality.
1. Student welfare

  • Induction – Introducing and welcoming new graduates to Cambridge. Help with accommodation and settling-in in general.
  • Personal – Help and advice on a variety of issues and problems. Link with GP, hospitals, counsellors. Assistance with special needs and disabilities. Help with social contact and development, through organising College-based social events, e.g. parties, workshops, etc. Liaison with MCR. Liaison with the Graduate Union.
  • Academic – Monitoring of progress. Encouraging and fostering personal development. Advising on provision made by the University and the College for the development of transferable and general research skills. Acting as the student’s advocate, when necessary, in their dealings with Supervisors, Departments or Faculties and the Board of Graduate Studies. Contact over career plans and provision of references.
  • Financial – Provision of advice on identifying and obtaining financial assistance. Liaison with external funding bodies and other bodies as appropriate. Liaison with Departments, Central Administration, Board of Graduate Studies.

2. Administrative/academic

  • Admissions
  • Examinations Registration (mainly some one-year courses, e.g. LLM, Part III Maths)
  • Complaints and appeals
  • Change of course
  • Intermission
  • Involvement in the process of assigning College Scholarships, Bursaries andPrizes
  • Liaison with the Board of Graduate Studies, General Board and Departments for improving Graduate Provision


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