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Emmanuel Graduate Freshers’
Guide 2018

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Prepared by

Emmanuel College MCR

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Contents
Contents

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Welcome

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MCR Committee

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How to get here

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Accommodation

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What to bring

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What’s What and Who’s Who

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College

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Welfare

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Disability

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Students with Families

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Healthy relationships

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International students

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Religion

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Being Green

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Computing

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Sports and other activities

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Freshers’ week

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Cambridge Life

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Events throughout the year

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Cambridge terminology A-Z

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Welcome to Emmanuel
Hello!
Congratulations on joining Emmanuel — ‘Emma’ as it is affectionately known —
and beginning your new graduate course. We are thrilled that you have chosen
Emma to be your college and we hope that you are excited to be starting at
Emma, and at Cambridge. But you probably also have a lot of questions. This
guide will hopefully provide answers to some of those questions along with lots
of other useful information, both for planning your arrival and once you are here.
But let’s start right at the beginning, because some of you may be wondering
what Emmanuel even is - you thought you were joining Cambridge! Well you
are. The University of Cambridge is at the same time one thing and many, being
made up of many faculties and departments, and Colleges. As a graduate
student you will belong to both a department, responsible for you education, and
to a college, responsible for your pastoral care, accommodation and an
important part of your social life. But your college is more than that, for many
students, especially at the undergraduate level, your college is an integral part
of your Cambridge experience. Your college is Emmanuel (an excellent choice)
and we hope that you will be very happy here.
So who are ‘we’? Emma has its own student unions, who represent the students
to college bigwigs and vice versa, and run various events. The undergraduates
have ECSU (www.ecsu.org.uk), and the graduates (like you) have Emma MCR
(www.emmamcr.org.uk). The MCR stands for the rights, welfare and privileges
of all graduate students and, more literally, for Middle Combination Room
(confusingly, both a body of people and a physical room in college). ‘We’ are
the elected committee of Emma MCR. The MCR committee run a packed social
calendar for your enjoyment and help those running the college understand
what graduate students need. The primary role of College is to ensure the
wellbeing and welfare of all students, and we help them achieve that.
As part of both aspects of our role, we run the freshers’ week activities for the
college. This year freshers’ week will run from Friday 28th September- Sunday
7th October. Essentially freshers’ week is a great chance to meet the rest of
your Emma cohort at a range of fun events from a formal dinner to chilled out
tea and cake, and everything in between. There will also be plenty of

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opportunities to ask questions and get to know your way around Cambridge.
Importantly on the afternoon of Saturday 29th there will also be a mandatory
induction session with lots of important information about who’s who and what’s
what and how things work at Cambridge.
If you will be arriving before freshers’ week don’t worry. You won’t be alone and
there will be lots of opportunities to meet people and have your questions
answered. Email freshers@emmamcr.org.uk and let us know when you will be
arriving and we will arrange a welcome tour and invite you along to one of our
early arrival events.
One date for your calendar is Tuesday 2nd October: the freshers’ dinner. This
silver service meal will cost £16 (£12 without wine) and we hope you can join
us! Most of our dinners are opt-in, but this is opt out, so email
diets@emmamcr.org.uk with any dietary requirements (including whether you
would not like wine) or dinners@emmamcr.org.uk if you do not wish to attend.
The canonical resource for information about the college is the college website.
In particular, the official documents at www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/documents
are a comprehensive compilation. For information from the University, see
www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk.
This Freshers’ Guide is compiled by the MCR committee and will hopefully
prove to be a useful resource. We’re sure you’ll have many questions that this
guide doesn’t answer. So to help, a current Emmanuel graduate student (known
as a duck- Emma loves ducks) is assigned to each fresher (duckling). Ducks
are happy to answer questions about Cambridge and college. Once you arrive
in Cambridge, your duck will arrange to meet all their ducklings. And there will
be an event in the first week of October for you all, together.
Graduate students at Emma come from a wide range of backgrounds and spend
their time in Cambridge doing an even wider range of things. As you peruse
these pages we hope you feel the same excitement about your time here that
we do every day. We look forward to meeting you very shortly indeed.
— Roberto Correa, MCR President

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MCR Committee
The MCR Committee are here to help with the welfare and wellbeing of the
graduate community and to put on events for the MCR to enjoy. If you are
unsure about something, then please do let us know! Feel free to email any
member of the committee or just email freshers@emmamcr.org.uk.

President
Roberto Correa
Hello! I’m a PhD student in the Department of
Zoology researching how we can best invest in
elephant conservation. I’m from Venezuela but I
grew up across several countries in Latin
America. I love travelling, playing sports and
reading books about animals. I hope to make your
time hear as fruitful, fun and fulfilling as possible.
Do not hesitate to reach out in case you have any
questions and/or suggestions.

president@emmamcr.org.uk

Vice-President
Klara Kulenkampff
Hi! I’m Klara from Dusseldorf, Germany and I’m a
first year PhD student in the Chemistry
Department researching about Alzheimer’s
disease. In Cambridge I enjoy playing tennis,
horse-riding and listening to talks about various
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topics. I’m responsible for supporting Roberto and
the MCR at running everything. I’m looking
forward to seeing you at all the events this year!

vice-president@emmamcr.org.uk

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Secretary
Jana Sipkova
Hi all! Im Jana, doing an MPhil in Developmental
Biology as a part of a 4-year PhD. Although Im
from Slovakia, I spent a large chunk of my
childhood in the US and then did my undergrad in
London. I love sports, especially tennis and ice
hockey (sadly I cant play the latter). This year Ill
mostly be pestering you with my MCR bulletins,
so please get in touch if theres anything youd like
to bring up!

secretary@emmamcr.org.uk

Treasurer
Tomos Reed
Tomos is a Church of England ordained (trainee)
priest studying at Emmanuel College and
Westcott House (on Jesus Lane). This is his
second time studying at Emmanuel. In his first
incarnation, many, many years ago, he read
Physics and Rowing. He recently completed the
Gilmore-Fraleigh personality style profile test
which identified him as “blue”, suggesting that his
calling to spreadsheets is as realistic and
informed as his vocation to Christian ministry. He
therefore hopes to be a competent MCR treasurer. When you meet him in
person he presents as a great deal less facetious than this paragraph might
suggest. He is delighted to be back at Emmanuel and is very much looking
forward to being a member of the MCR Committee.

finance@emmamcr.org.uk

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Welfare Officer
Geoff Ma
I’m a 1st year PhD student in Chemistry here at
Emma. This is my 5th year here, having finished
my Engineering Masters here last year. Outside
of study, you can probably find me lying down in
a gym somewhere; or desperately trying (and
normally failing) to bake some pretty things. I’m
involved with several societies here, including
dance, weightlifting and gymnastics. As welfare
officer, I’m here to help guide you to the right people or resources should you
have a problem, so please feel free to get in touch! Cambridge can be a lonely
place at times – the welfare team is always here for you to reach out to.

welfare@emmamcr.org.uk

Education& Careers Officer
Sarah Assaad
Hello, my name is Sarah Assaad. I joined
Emmanuel college in January 2018 as a firstyear PhD student at the Department of Public
Health and Primary Care. Before that, I studied
and worked at the American University of Beirut,
Lebanon, where I am from. I hold a BS in
Medical Laboratory Sciences (2013) and a
Master in Public Health (2015). My current
research is focused on the health and social care
needs of older adults, their social contacts and mental wellbeing. I will be
analysing data from cohort studies conducted in Cambridge and Lebanon. My
hobbies include playing karate, table tennis and the guitar. As education and
career officer at the MCR, I am to organize events and training that can bring
us together and help us build on our skills, make a better use of available
educational resources, and look for opportunities that can boost our careers.

sa853@cam.ac.uk

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Women’s Officer
Anita Holender
Hi! Im Anita, a sixth year medical student. In my
many years at Emma, Ive become a keen rower,
and I also enjoy playing badminton, singing with
ECMS Chorus, and eating my way around
Cambridge. Feel free to get in touch if you have
any questions or would just like a cup of tea and
a chat.

womens-officer@emmamcr.org.uk

Families’ Officer
Alex Cassidy
I’m a third year PhD candidate in the history
faculty - I’m a cultural historian of the eighteenth
century. I’m also a husband and dad - my wife’s
a teacher and my son, Bertie, had his first
birthday in December 2017. I enjoy long walks in
the country with my family and our dogs, I’m a
member of CUYC and a chapel clerk. I love my
garden and veg plot, art, cinema and literature,
and cooking, eating and drinking. My life is a multitasking nightmare but that’s
fine - I’m always happy to put the world to rights with any fellow travellers.

ajc206@cam.ac.ukk

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International Officer
Georgia Roussou
Hi! I am Georgia, a first-year PhD student in
Chemical Engineering. I love my research and
innovation (start-up competitions) but once a
while I need a break. I am keen on travelling,
trekking and meeting new people with a
completely different culture than me. I play
handball and sometimes football, while I enjoy
watching basketball games.

international@emmamcr.org.uk

Accommodation Officer
Bobby Seagull
My name is Bobby Seagull, Im from east London
and I completed my Masters in Education
(specialising in Maths). Im now starting a
Doctorate in the same field as well as teaching
Maths at a local school, Chesterton Community
College. Im a big fan of football (West Ham
United!) and I enjoy accumulating random (and
sometimes useless) quiz trivia and general knowledge!

accommodation@emmamcr.org.uk

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Social Secretary, Dinners
David Burt
I am currently studying an MPhil in Machine
Learning and will begin a PhD in the fall. I am
originally from Vermont (just south of Canada and
north of Massachusetts), prior to this year I did
my undergrad at Williams College in math(s). I
enjoy hiking and skiing, but also more
Cambridge-friendly activities, including kicking a
football in Parkers Piece and frequenting the local
coffee shops.

dinners@emmamcr.org.uk

Social Secretary, Swaps
Aida Miralaei
Hi! Im Aida, a first year PhD student in
Computer Science, studying computer
architecture and machine learning. When I’m not
in the lab, I enjoy traveling, photography and
hanging out with friends. Feel free to contact me
if you have ideas about the intercollege events
or just want to chat!

swaps@emmamcr.org.uk

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Sports Officer
Matthew Philpott
I’m Matt and I’m currently in my first year of my
PhD in Biomedical Materials Science. I enjoy
travelling, skiing and good food. I’m also a keen
rower, but generally enjoy a wide range of sports.
The college has a lot to offer when it comes to
sport so I look forward to helping you discover
them or even creating new opportunities to get
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involved with! If you have any questions then feel
free to ask

map81@cam.ac.uk

Computer Officer
Niki Howe
Hello everyone! Im Canadian but grew up in
Italy. After a degree in Mathematics from
Williams College, Im at Cambridge pursuing a
second Bachelors in Computer Science. Im
super excited about AI and the potential for
technology to unite humanity. I love singing,
stationeary,
stationary and being in nature (especially
forests, deserts, and caves). Please be in touch
if you have any questions or would like to talk!

computing@emmamcr.org.uk

Pending Nomination
Social Secretary, Events
Ethical Officer

LGBT+ OfficerGreen and
Disabled Students Rep

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How to Get Here
Emmanuel College, St Andrews Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AP
Porters’ Lodge 01223 334200

Emmanuel
College
is
situated
in
central
Cambridge.
Visit
www.emma.cam.ac.uk/contacts/directions for details and maps showing
access to College.
Upon arrival you will need to visit the Emmanuel College Porters’ Lodge,
located at the main entrance to college, to collect your room key and university
card. There will also be some documents, including our printed guide.
The front gate to college is only open between 6am and midnight, so if your
transport is delayed and you will be arriving outside this time, ring to let them
know.
The porters will usually test your card on the demonstration lock; make sure
they do with yours as the walk or drive back from Barnwell can be very
inconvenient. If you are driving to Barnwell you will also need to collect a gate
key from the porters in order to access the drive.
We recommend you print the full map, and the one for your
accommodation, before you travel.
The directions that follow assume you are driving to each location; the best
walking routes are more direct.
All maps are © OpenStreetMap

Directions to the main college site
By Train
Direct trains to Cambridge are available from a number of locations. From
London (Kings Cross and Liverpool Street) trains leave half-hourly throughout
the day, with tickets available at the station (around £15 one-way). Timetables

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are at www.nationalrail.co.uk. See the map for directions from the railway station
to Emma. It’s a 15 minute walk: straight down Station Rd, turn right onto Hills
Rd. and continue into the city centre (and Emma). Buses run to the city centre
(with a stop right outside the College) every 10 minutes, and there’ll be plenty
of taxis available (for around £5). If you want to book in advance, try Panther at
01223 715 715.
By Bus or Coach
National Express, Stagecoach and MegaBus run coach services from most
major locations in the country (including airports) to Cambridge. These will arrive
at Parker’s Piece (Parkside stop), the large open space adjacent to College. For
timetables
and
prices,
see
www.nationalexpress.com
or
www.uk.megabus.com. For more maps of the University, visit
www.cam.ac.uk/map. For local buses, the main bus station is located at
Drummer street, also next to college.
By Car
If driving into Cambridge you should be aware that a large number of the roads
in the centre are one-way streets. Also be aware that there will be a lot of
cyclists. On some one way streets, cyclists alone may travel in both directions;
these streets aren’t always marked.
While parking outside the main entrance to Emma is not possible, Emmanuel
has short term parking available with access from Park Terrace, Parker Street
and Emmanuel Street. If in need of help finding the parking access or opening
the gates, seek assistance at the college’s Porters’ Lodge. To park in college
(via Park Terrace), head up Regent St. from the Lensfield Rd. junction then turn
right immediately after the hotel being renovated (just after the 2nd traffic-lighted
crossing. If approaching from Downing St., turn right at the front of college, then
left just after the Sainsbury’s Local. In either case, turn into the 2nd drive on the
left (Camden Court) opposite the Mai Thai restaurant (which is the only building
after the hotel). Use the intercom to ask the Porters to open the gate.
By Air
The closest airport to Cambridge is London Stansted. A direct train, as well as
buses, connect it to Cambridge (~40 minutes). It also hosts a number of budget
airlines (Ryanair and EasyJet), making it airport of choice for the student
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of call. National Express offer direct coaches to Cambridge from both Heathrow
and Gatwick.

Properties near college
There is a trolley by the bike sheds that may be helpful if you cannot park right
outside your building; ask at the porters’ lodge.
Park Lodge (CB1 1JJ)
This is on the East corner of the main college site. Pop 14 Park Terrace in the
sat nav (that’s the house next door) and make your way over, via Regent Street.
Park on Park Terrace while you collect card and keys, and then you may be
able to park up outside the front of the property while you make the move. If not,
turn left onto Parker St. and then immediately left at the gate into Emmanuel.
Park Terrace (CB1 1JH)
This is very close to Park Lodge. This is just further along the road from the East
corner of the main college site (halfway between Parker St and Regent St) . Pop
CB1 1JH in the sat nav and make your way over, via Regent Street. Park on
Park Terrace while you collect card and keys, and then you may be able to park
up outside the front of the property while you make the move. If not, turn left
onto Parker St. and then immediately left at the gate into Emmanuel.
42 Warkworth St. (CB1 1EG)
Warkworth St. is a short distance from college; there is no off road parking but
there might be some space on the road. From Park Terrace, with Parker’s Piece
on your right and college on your left, turn right onto Parkside (along the back
of Parker’s Piece). Take the 1st turning on the left into Warkworth Terrace.
Warkworth Street is at the end of the terrace.
4 Parker St. (CB1 1JL)
Parker Street is the road directly behind college. Drive down Park Terrace, turn
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left into Parker St., then immediately left into Emmanuel at the gate to park.

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Barnwell Hostel
43 Newmarket Rd. (CB5 8EG)
Access to Barnwell is by university card so before leaving the Porters’ lodge
make sure your card is activated and working. You will also need the gate key
if driving. Continue along Park Terrace (a one-way street), with Parker’s Piece
on your right and college your left. Turn right onto Parkside (along the back of
Parker’s Piece). At the crossroads at the end of Parker’s Piece take the left filter
onto East Rd. At the end of East Rd. is a large roundabout; take the 1st exit
(left) onto Newmarket Rd. Barnwell Hostel is on the right hand side of the road,
about 250 m from the roundabout, opposite Cambridge Buddhist Centre. If you
find it difficult to turn, keep going until the next roundabout and return up the
other side of the street. Note there is a bus stop right outside, and any bus
parked there will block the view of the gate.

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Tenison Road
33 and 43 Tenison Rd. (CB1 2DG)
The two houses are at the Mill Rd. end of Tenison Rd., on the South side. You’ll
have to visit the Porters’ Lodge 1st to collect keys. There is plenty of room for
drop-off at the front of each property.
Driving from the car park off Park Terrace: turn left along Park Terrace (a oneway street); Parker’s Piece should be on your right and college on your left. At
the end of the street turn right onto Parkside; you are now driving along the back
of Parker’s Piece. At the junction go straight on to Mill Road. Take the 2nd right
after 400m, to Covent Garden, and then left after the pub onto cross Street.
Continue across the next two junctions to reach Tenison Rd. 33 is to the left; 43
the right.

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Cutter Ferry House
1 Cutter Ferry Ln. (CB4 1JR)
Pop Emmanuel Boat Club Cambridge in the sat nav. Start as though driving to
Barnwell Hostel (above) but at the Newmarket Rd. roundabout take the 2nd exit
onto Elizabeth Way, crossing the river. Take the 1st exit at the next roundabout
onto Chesterton Rd. (just cropped out of the map below), the 1st left onto De
Freville Avenue, 4th left onto Aylestone Rd., right onto Belvoir Rd. and then
follow the road round onto Manhattan Dr..
Cutter Ferry House is at the end of this road, to the left of the bridge. It’s blue
and white. Access to the gate is by university card, so make sure to check it’s
working once you collect it from the porters. Parking is awkward — the best
option is to email accommodation@emmamcr.org.uk what time you plan to
arrive and someone will ensure the (padlocked) gate to the boathouse is open
but there will be space on one of the streets nearby. Once through the gate,
access is through the door directly in front of you. rooms 1–3 are on the ground
floor and 4–8 the 1st.

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8 Norwich Street
CB2 1NE
Continue along Park Terrace (a one-way street), with Parker’s Piece on your
right and college your left. Turn right onto Parkside (along the back of Parker’s
Piece). At the crossroads turn right onto Gonville Place; this will complete the
lap of Parker’s piece. Turn left onto Hills Rd. Norwich St is the 4th turning on the
right (the first after the Tesco on the left). It is a one way street; to get out,
continue straight on, then turn right at the end down Panton St. Take the 3rd
right down Union Rd. to return to Hills Rd, or continue to the end then turn right
(Lensfield Rd.) to go back towards college.

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Hills Road
285 and 287 Hills Rd. CB2 8RP
From Park Terrace, take two right turns around Parker’s Piece onto Gonville
Place. At the end of Gonville Place turn left onto Hills Rd. Continue straight
along Hills Rd. and over the bridge; you will pass Homerton college and the
Perse School. 285 & 287 Hills Rd are located on the left, shortly after the turning
for Holbrook Rd (the one without the label on the map below). There is space to
park at the front of the house.
Note that Google Maps puts the houses on the wrong block.

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Accommodation
Any queries about your room allocation should be addressed to the College
Tutorial Office (tutorial-office@emma.cam.ac.uk). The relevant official college
document is titled Domestic Matters.
Students from outside the UK and Ireland are guaranteed College
accommodation for the first three years of their stay. UK residents are
guaranteed College accommodation for the first year only, though it is
sometimes possible to stay in College accommodation longer, depending on
availability.
College rooms are mostly single, dormitory-style rooms, with shared kitchens,
bathrooms and common areas. The exceptions are a handful of self-contained
flats for couples; email the Tutorial Office for more information.
Most houses have a bedder who will empty bins, vacuum, and clean in
communal areas and generally make life far too easy — though you will still
have to clean your own room, keep the place tidy and do your own washing up.
Anything broken should be reported in the online maintenance log. Anything
else should be reported to accommodation@emmamcr.org.uk.
The Graduate union (GU) provide some information for private rental
(GUPrivateAccommodation).

Rent
Rent is calculated based on four factors.
1. Grade of room, as judged by the MCR committee.
2. Distance from college.
3. Year of arrival.
4. Inflation in subsequent years.
For everyone living in College accommodation, a Catering Fixed Charge (CFC)
is included in the rent. In exchange for paying this charge, food at informal hall
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who live further away as it’s expected they’ll eat in hall more often. Those who
live out of College accommodation don’t pay CFC and therefore don’t have any
discount.
The figures below apply for students joining the college this year, living on the
main college site. Students living off site will pay a little less, for the reasons
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Room grade
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Maximum weekly rent for 2018/19
£ £116,55
£ £125.90
£ £135.20
£ £144.60
£ £153.90
£ £163.25
£ £172.60
£ £181.90

Insurance
The college-wide insurance policy (included in rent) will be added onto your
college bill for the time that you are in residence and covers most common items
in a student’s room. It also covers bikes up to £200 and extra items like musical
instruments can be added to the policy for a small extra charge online. More
details
can
be
found
in
the
official
information
(www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/documents) from college (the student insurance
flyer).

First Payment
You will have been asked to pay the first payment before arrival into Cambridge;
this is not a deposit as charged in the private rental sector. It is equivalent in
cost to an estimate of the bill you’ll receive at the end of each term. The first
payment includes a term’s worth of rent and a prepayment for meals, and will
be subtracted from your college bill in your final term. If you have any issues
with payment, you should contact one of the graduate tutors (see College
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What to bring
Documents
Receipt for first payment
The porters will give you your room key once you show them this.
Passports
UK residents should bring a passport as it is needed for an identity check at the
beginning of your studies and if you want to be paid by the college for teaching
or bar work. It is also needed as proof of ID for registering with some GP
services.
Before matriculation all new students must visit the tutorial office (Ground floor,
B staircase) with valid ID and visas. You may do this 8:30- 5pm Wednesday
3rd, Thursday 4th or Friday 5th October. Email tutorial-office@emma.ac.uk with
any questions.
UK students: UK passport (if you do not have a passport, provide your birth
certificate along with a photo driving licence).
EU students: EU passport or National Identity Card.
Non-EEA students: valid passport and biometric residence permit

Vaccination records
You’ll need these to register for medical services (which you must do once you
arrive) even if you are already registered with the NHS.
This year, the government body responsible for public health are recommending
that all freshers up to the age of 25 who are at a UK university for the first time
register for a meningitis W vaccination (don’t Google it; search the NHS choices
website). This can be done before arrival in Cambridge.

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For dress
It can get quite cold in the winter and spring, so bring some warm clothes,
including a good winter coat and plenty of jumpers (sweaters, for the North
Americans among us). Keep in mind that the weather in Britain is often quite
variable, so be prepared for your daily downpour (umbrellas for the walkers,
waterproof trousers for the cyclists).
Formal wear
For matriculation in October, the dress code is either a dark suit and white shirt,
a dark skirt with a white blouse, or a dark dress. The MCR also holds fortnightly
formal dinners where dresses and suits are appropriate. More formal Black Tie
dinners are organized in the autumn/fall and spring, for which you will need a
formal dress or dinner jacket.
Gowns are required for many college functions and should be worn at MCR
formal dinners. The Porters’ Lodge often have secondhand gowns to buy in the
first week or two of term. Gowns can also be purchased secondhand from the
Graduate Union (goo.gl/Q3tuag) or new from Ryder and Amies, 22 King’s
Parade (www.ryderamies.co.uk, 01223 350371). New gowns can cost from
£50–100.

For your college room
College accommodation provides each student a single room equipped with a
bed, coffee table, desk, lamp, chair, bookshelf, rubbish bins (recycling and
general), and drawers or wardrobe storage. Some rooms will include a small
refrigerator (those rooms without a fridge will have access to one in a nearby
kitchen). Also, some rooms have few power outlets, so bringing a strip multiplug
adaptor (note: non-strip style is banned in college).
You will need to provide your own bed linen (college beds are single size),
although a single duvet and pillow are provided. There are many shops within
walking distance of Emma where you might find additional linens and blankets.
A hoover/vacuum can be found in your property, but basic cleaning supplies
such as wipes or disposable towels may be useful.

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For the kitchen
All graduate houses have their own kitchens so it is advisable to bring some
basic kitchen items if you intend to be cooking regularly, e.g. plate, bowl, cups,
cutlery. However, kitchens are shared between several graduate students so
there may be some communal crockery available that has been left by previous
students.

For laundry
All washing machines are accompanied by driers, but you may want an airing
rack — this is especially handy for airing sports gear, before you can get to wash
it. Speaking of which…

For sports
Emmanuel has several free sports facilities, including an indoor gym, squash
courts, tennis courts, football and rugby pitches, a cricket pitch, ping pong,
croquet, and an outdoor swimming pool. It is advisable to bring appropriate
sports gear and proper shoes for these activities. The local area is ideal for
cycling. Squash racquets and balls are available at the MCR and tennis
racquets are available at the Porter’s Lodge for student use.

For transport
Most students find a bike very helpful. Make sure you bring or buy a sturdy lock,
lights, and a helmet. Repair tools and emergency bike lights are available in the
Porter’s lodge. Bike theft is a problem in Cambridge so you may not want to
bring a bike that would be expensive to replace. Secondhand bicycles can be
purchased in several shops in town and new bikes are on sale at the Fresher’s
Fair on Parker’s Piece in the first few weeks.
If you intend to cycle in Cambridge it is probably worth joining
www.cyclinguk.org (£21.50 per year), who offer third party liability insurance to
all members. The college’s Health & Safety Handbook (at
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Railcard
If you’re interested in cheap train travel, you can apply at www.railcard.co.uk or
a train station for a 16-25 Railcard for £30 to get 33% off all rail fares for a year
(or £70 for 3 years). If you’re aged between 16 to 25 years old, you’ll need a
passport photo and proof of your date of birth (e.g. passport, UK driving licence,
birth certificate or, for non-UK nationals, national identity card).
If you’re over 25 but studying full-time, you still qualify but need proof that you’re
in full time education.

Do not bring…
You won’t need a car. More specifically, you are not allowed to keep a car in
Cambridge without permission from your tutor (see the University Proctors’
pronouncement, or documents at www.proctors.cam.ac.uk/documents,
specifically concerning Motor vehicles). Note that car parking is chaotic and
unreliable. Transport in Cambridge revolves around the bike, bus and taxi.
The rules for accommodation are set out in Domestic Matters (at
www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/documents). Don’t bring a pet, as furry friends are
not welcome in College accommodation. Don’t bring networking equipment, as
all accommodation has WiFi, and you aren’t allowed to operate your own
wireless network. Finally, college is fairly strict on furniture — so no beds or
mattresses either.

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What’s What and Who’s Who
Emmanuel College
One of the 31 colleges which together with faculties and departments make up
the University. Emmanuel was founded in 1584 and is home to some 500
undergraduates, 200 graduates, 90 fellows and 150 staff. As well as being a
physical base and providing you with accommodation, the college also has an
important role in the pastoral and social wellbeing of its students.

The MCR
The room on the first floor of the Queen’s building is a common space for
graduate students. Come here to play pool, read, watch our TV, browse the
internet (and print), or relax with a hot drink. We maintain and clean it ourselves,
so wash up and tidy up after yourselves to make sure it remains a place which
everyone can use. Access is via university card.

Porters’ Lodge
Serves as a sort of reception for the college. Your first port of call when you
arrive or whenever you are unsure where to go. The Porters’ Lodge is room on
the right of the main entrance to the college and is manned by Emmanuel’s
wonderful team of Porters. Every college has its own Porters’ Lodge and
Porters.

Porters
The porters are extremely helpful, welcoming and professional. If you need
keys, have large or valuable packages waiting, or want to book a squash court
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The plodge is occupied all day, but there is no access at the front gate between
midnight and 6am.
The Porters also have many years of combined knowledge of the city and
university and can usually point you in the direction of whatever you’re looking
for. They have a bike pump and some tools, and they also have in custody the
MCR annual punting subscription.
The porters deal with the occasional emergency that crops up in college,
whether it’s a faulty fire alarm or a case of an injury requiring first aid. Indeed,
in an emergency any college’s lodge should look after you, and will get in touch
with porters from Emma.
Oh, and other colleges also have porters’ lodges and use the term plodge, so
make sure to specify Emmanuel to any taxi drivers if you don’t want to end up
in Girton.

Master
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master in 2012, having spent a decade as
Director-General of the National Trust. The Master chairs the bodies which
govern the college, represents the college beyond the University, and officiates
at events such as matriculation and graduation.

Bursar
The name suggests one important duty of the role, that of financial officer of the
college, but Dr Mike Gross is also responsible for the college’s duties under the
General Data Protection Regulation, and the college’s alcohol license. Dr Gross
is responsible for all buildings and services at the college.

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Senior Tutor
The senior tutor has overall responsibility for the education and welfare of
Emmanuel students. Dr Robert Henderson is responsible for the academic and
pastoral aspects of running the college on a day-to-day and long-term basis,
including admission of students, access and outreach initiatives and recruitment
of teaching fellows.

Dean
The Revd. Jeremy Caddick organises the chapel services and Christian
community at Emmanuel and has a pastoral role in the college. He is quite the
multi-tasker, being graduate tutor (see College welfare) and praelector (which
you’ll discover at graduation). His email address is jlc24@cam.ac.uk.

Tutorial Office
The tutorial office is at the bottom of B staircase, in front court. The opening
times are 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm Monday - Friday. You may find it
more convenient to e-mail your request at tutorial-office@emma.cam.ac.uk.
Graduate Tutor’s Secretary, Helen Waterson, will be able to help with
accommodation queries and any straightforward official paperwork you might
require that you cannot find via your CamSIS Self-Service.
The Senior Tutor’s Secretary, Marion Dorkings (1st Floor, B staircase), manages
College meeting room bookings and is the key contact for University cards.
The College Registrar (college-registrar@emma.cam.ac.uk), runs the Tutorial
and Graduate Admissions Office. She is in charge of all student records and is
the Secretary to the Master and Tutors’ committee (see tutorial system). She is
the first person to contact if you have been unable to get in touch with your
Graduate Tutor, feel your query is complicated and/or your situation requires
special attention (including questions of immigration, disability, changes in your
private circumstances), and beyond that many parts of this guide direct you to
her.

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Bursary
College bills and accommodation are handled by the staff in the bursary, two of
whom you are likely to meet (or email).
Charlotte Humm
Charlie sends the college bills at the end of each term.
Anna Battison
Anna may email concerning accommodation, but your primary contact for
graduate accommodation is Helen Waterson in the Tutorial Office (tutorialoffice@emma.cam.ac.uk).

Who else?
Buildings Manager
David Hobbs manages all building work across the college. He’s open to hearing
what requirements graduate students have, and you should email
accommodation@emmamcr.org.uk if you have feedback for us to provide for
him.
If your room needs a fresh coat of paint, submit a maintenance request and he’ll
arrange for it to be applied.
Housekeeper
Ann Patten is responsible for furnishings and the bedders. Her office is at the
bottom of K staircase, in the Hostel.
Maintenance Manager
You may encounter Graham Little when there is maintenance work to be done.
Please report problems as soon as possible, using the college website.

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Emmanuel Society & Development Office
The Society and Development Offices are located on the first floor of D staircase
and are run by Dr Bendall and her team.

The Emmanuel Society is the alumni-led society for all members of College,
current and graduated. The Society organises two careers events a year
(Michaelmas and Lent terms) for students, when groups of alumni return to
College to give advice and guidance about careers, CVs, jobs and life after
Emma. You’re very welcome to contact members through the online careers
database
which
is
online:
https://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/members/careers/search/
The Society also organises a lot of events for members, to which students are
often invited. If you see an event advertised and would like to attend, please
contact us – emmanuel-society@emma.cam.ac.uk
The Development Office is run by Dr Bendall, who’s also Fellow Librarian and
Fellow Archivist. The office’s role is to keep in touch with members and to help
support students and the College in general. A lot of funding for students, such
as bursaries, grants and overall support, is raised by the Development Office,
as well as funds for maintaining the buildings and grounds, teaching and
research, and other College purposes.
The Office recruits students to help with telephone fundraising each year, so
look out for the adverts. It’s excellent experience, and helps raise monies to help
other students. If you’d like to be involved then or in any other ways, please do
get in touch.
The communications manager, Mary Longford, is always keen to have news to
feature in the College’s social media channels or to be sent round to College,
Fellows, staff and members. She’d be delighted to hear from you:
mel57@emma.cam.ac.uk

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College
The tour

Room bookings
Visit www.emma.cam.ac.uk/conferences/booking/form to book a public room in
college.
There is a special student rate for booking overnight guest rooms, charged to
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aren’t many, so reserve early. To book a room, log into the Emma website and
click on the bed icon in the top right hand corner. Then on the left, choose Room
Booking and scroll down to find the Guest Room Booking Form.
www.emma.cam.ac.uk/members/visiting/guestrooms.

Departments
The University of Cambridge is based around both college and departmental
systems. As a graduate student here, you will be a member of both Emmanuel
College and at least one department.
Departments…
…are mainly concerned with your academic endeavours and will be responsible
for the administration of your course and supervision during your project.
Departments will likely organise seminars around your subject and provide you
with an advisor to ensure your work stays on track.
Colleges…
…have more of a pastoral and social role. New graduates will live in college
accommodation, have access to fully catered hall during term time and be able
to attend a host of social events organised in college throughout freshers week
and beyond. Graduate tutors in college will be one of your first points of call if
you face difficulty during your course, as well as your supervisor or departmental
advisor. Colleges have provisions for funding for conferences and extra
curricular activities as well as resources for students’ mental and physical well
being

This collegiate environment will enrich your experience as a graduate student,
allowing you to fully immerse yourself in a welcoming community of students in
a wide range of fields from diverse backgrounds. There are usually a selection
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Welfare
It bears repeating: the primary role of College is to ensure the wellbeing and
welfare of all students throughout their time at Emma. Here is an introduction to
the people and welfare resources on offer in college and throughout the wider
university. We include a separate section on Healthy relationships.
Welfare at Emmanuel College concerns a broad range of topics. Most of us felt
a little like imposters when we started; we’re all taking a little bit of a leap into
the dark and things aren’t always going to go right. Graduate study is not
supposed to be easy, but in the right environment, and with the right support
networks, it can be both manageable and enjoyable. Once you arrive at the
college there will be lots of people to listen, console and support you if
necessary. It’s one of the things that makes Emmanuel, and Cambridge more
generally, a wonderful place to do research.
Acute financial and accommodation issues are common, and academic
difficulties (in particular concerning careers) are faced by almost everybody at
some point. The college is an environment in which most people feel
comfortable discussing all these challenges.
Should you have any queries or concerns regarding welfare at Emmanuel
College or any pre-arrival access or support requirements, contact the College
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In case of an emergency in college ALWAYS go to the Porters’ Lodge first.
They can help you further.

College welfare
The tutorial system
The college has a statutory duty and many years of experience concerning
issues facing graduate students. This mainly occurs through the tutorial system;
tutors, who are academics and fellows of the college, individually respond to
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has produced a concise description of how this works at goo.gl/zWW5LB (and
the most recent guide for graduate is at goo.gl/GsWUJ9).
There are two tutors whose main focus concerns graduate students, yet anyone
may approach any tutor with any issue. Many undergraduate tutors supervise
masters and PhD students so are keenly aware of situations graduate students
face.
In addition to reacting to welfare issues, tutors can help proactively with topics
such as career direction and conference funding; if there is something you might
need during your time as a student, you should definitely ask.

College welfare contacts
Senior tutor
Dr Robert Henderson
rmh1003@cam.ac.uk
01223 334 254
See the Who’s who.

The two graduate tutors will meet with all new graduates in the first term.
Graduate tutor
The Revd. Jeremy Caddick
jlc24@cam.ac.uk
01223 334 264
Jeremy is the chapel Dean and graduate tutor for students in the first half of the
alphabet.
Graduate tutor
Professor Catherine Rae
cr18@cam.ac.uk

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01223 742 973
Cathie is an energy researcher and a graduate tutor for the latter half of the
alphabet.

You may contact any tutor with any issue you have. These tutors typically deal
with
undergraduates.
For
more
information
visit
www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/officers.
Dr Carolin Crawford - csc@ast.cam.ac.uk
Dr Philip Howell - pmh1000@cam.ac.uk
Dr Alex Jeffrey - asj38@cam.ac.uk
Dr Alexandre Kabla - ajk61@cam.ac.uk
Dr Corinna Russell - cr215@cam.ac.uk
Dr Kate Spence - kes1004@cam.ac.uk
Dr Nigel Spivey - njs11@cam.ac.uk
Dr Rosy Thornton - rt104@cam.ac.uk
Dr Penny Watson - pjw36@cam.ac.uk


Advisor to Women Students
Dr Devon Curtis
dc403@cam.ac.uk
College Nurse
Mrs Diana Lloyd
nurse@emma.cam.ac.uk
01223 334 296

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College Counsellor
Mrs Ann Hughes
ah300@cam.ac.uk
01223 330 491
The University Counselling Service
The counselling service (www.counselling.cam.ac.uk) is also available to
students, offering a wide range of free services including individual or group
counselling, workshops on common problems faced by students and a wide
range of self help material.

MCR welfare
The MCR can also help with some issues such as mental health, disability, child
care, academic problems, safety, accommodation, finance and scholarships.
The Emmanuel MCR welfare team represent Emmanuel graduates in college
matters, and can also offer advice on how to approach the University about
welfare issues.
For more welfare related information visit the MCR website (goo.gl/q15nxz).

MCR welfare contacts
In addition, a number of students receive training to be a first point of call for
welfare issues.
MCR welfare officer
Geoff Ma
welfare@emmamcr.org.uk
MCR women’s officer
Anita Holender
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MCR LGBT+ officer
Pending Nomination
lgbt-plus@emmamcr.org.uk
MCR Disabled Students Rep
Pending Nomination

Sexual health
Free sexual health supplies are available in the welfare box in the MCR (first
floor of the Queen’s Building) and free contraception and STI screening are
available at
The Lime Tree Clinic
Brookfields Hospital, 351 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3DF
Free pregnancy tests can be requested anonymously via the MCR website
(these are put anonymously into the Women’s Officer’s pigeonhole for you to
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Disability
Emmanuel College is committed to ensuring that all graduate students with a
disability receive the support they need to fully participate in Cambridge life and
do not face any discrimination. The MCR has a dedicated Disabled Students’
Rep whose role is to represent all students with any visible or invisible condition.
We would encourage anyone with a disability to contact the College Disability
Liaison Officer (who is also the College Registrar) before you arrive if you would
like any specific advice or information, and to ensure that appropriate support is
in place for your arrival. You may also wish to contact either your graduate tutor
or the MCR Disabled Students’ Rep.
College Disability Liaison Officer

college-registrar@emma.cam.ac.uk

There are many resources available within the University for disabled students.
It is important to note that you are not required to self-define as disabled in
order to access this support and you have complete control over
disclosure of your disability to different departments and faculties.

In practice at Cambridge, the definition of ‘disability’ includes a wide range of
conditions:
● Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and BPD
● Autism spectrum conditions
● Sensory impairments (eg hearing, visual)
● Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or ADHD
● Physical/mobility impairments and injuries (including wheelchair users
and upper limb disorder/RSI)
● Long-standing conditions such as cancer, HIV, chronic fatigue
syndrome, epilepsy, diabetes

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Support is mainly accessed through the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) –
Please contact them in advance of your arrival to ensure that appropriate
support can be put in place as soon as you start.

The University Disability Resource Centre
www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk
Keynes House, 24a Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA
01223 332301
disability@admin.cam.ac.uk

Emmanuel has their own disability advisor at the DRC and they will be able to
discuss with you any support that you may benefit from as well as reasonable
adjustments for your studies, which there is a legal requirement for the
University to put in place for you. This support can take any form from changes
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to your living or learning environment, or to particular provisions, criteria or
practices e.g. putting automatic doors at the entrance to your faculty building,
providing large print materials, allowing you to have extra time or rest breaks in
exams, specialist mentoring etc.

It may be useful or necessary to have an occupational health assessment in
your new department. Be sure to check whether you should self-refer or if a
management referral is needed.
http://www.oh.admin.cam.ac.uk/services/referral-process

Funding
The DRC funds most education-specific support but for additional needs e.g.
extra travel costs or specialist ergonomic equipment, UK Nationals should
make an application for Disabled Students’ Allowance.
Disabled Students’ Allowance
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EU and International Students can apply to the International Disabled
Students’ Fund (IDS Fund).
International Disabled Students’ Fund
https://www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk/funding-students/eu-and-internationalstudents

These funding applications can take up to several months so it is
recommended you apply as soon as is possible.

Access
Each College has an access guide which can be found online. All MCR events
are held in locations with step free access and further access statements can
be found on each event description on our website. CUSU has also created an
accessibility guide for some of the pubs, cafes and leisure centres in Cambridge
College Access Guides
http://www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk/access-around-university/accesscolleges
CUSU Accessibility Guide
http://www.disabled.cusu.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-accessibility-dsc-guide/

The Students Union Advice Service (SUAS) can also provide useful information
about more local support and services available in Cambridge.
Students Union Advice Service
www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk
Students Unions Advice Service, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
01223 746999
advice@studentadvice.cam.ac.uk

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There is a CUSU run community Facebook group, which welcomes all students
at Cambridge who define as disabled, or who have experience of a disability or
illness – search for CUSU Disabled Students’ Campaign.

Students with Families
MCR families’ officer
Alex Cassidy
Starting a postgraduate course at Cambridge alongside maintaining daily family
life can be tough. The Emma MCR has a families’ officer to provide support and
advice. We aim to organise family friendly activities throughout the year,
including picnics and day trips.
The GU also has a dedicated families’ officer. The Graduate Union (see GU)
runs a free weekly parent and toddler group on Friday mornings and other
events throughout the year.
Useful information can be found below:
https://www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/support-and-advice/studentfamilies/families-at-the-graduate-union
https://www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/support-and-advice/welfare/students-withchildren
https://www.childcare.admin.cam.ac.uk
And you may want to join the “Students with Families” Facebook group
(goo.gl/wMxPBx)
If you have any queries, email (welfare@emmamcr.org.uk) or the GU families’
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Healthy Relationships
Emma is committed to being an inclusive, friendly and safe community for all
who study and work here. As an MCR we uphold this college ethos and would
like to take the opportunity to encourage you to consider some aspects of
graduate study which you may not have thought about before. These topics will
be presented and discussed in greater depth during the college induction
session.

New relationships
Being a Fresher at Emma is exciting, particularly as we’re known for being the
friendliest college! This year you’ll have the opportunity to meet many new
people, forming friendships in the Emma MCR or in the wider Cambridge
community, getting to know college staff and working with your supervisor. It is
important to take a moment to consider the different types of relationships you’ll
form, and keep certain points in mind.
Relationships with supervisors and college staff








It may be difficult sometimes to define friendship and professional
boundaries.
Be aware of differences between the roles of your
supervisor/advisor/graduate tutor and the relationships you will form
with them.
The hierarchical structures and authority within college may differ to
your undergraduate experience.
Addressing emails or conversations can be stressful with so many
esteemed academics around. Usually including a title and surname in
the address is appropriate, although certain professors may encourage
you to use first names.
Not all relationships will come easily. You may need to work to improve
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supervisors. Remember to stay respectful and appropriate but do not
be afraid to stand up for yourself.
New relationships within the MCR — building a successful community






We all need to be aware of the wellbeing of others. This includes being
patient and remembering many people suffer from invisible issues.
The college environment is an intimate community with shared
accommodation. Be aware of the implications of gossip.
We live in and embrace a multicultural community. Be aware of
linguistic, logical, and cultural hurdles that must be overcome on both
sides.
The transition from undergrad to graduate study can be confusing and
raise unexpected problems. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

Maintaining Relationships
As a graduate student, you may be arriving in Cambridge with a long-term
partner. A Cambridge graduate degree can have a toll on your current
relationship, especially as you make new friends. Consider putting a plan in
place for any foreseeable issues, such as reduced time spent together. One
suggestion is to set aside a date night for you and your partner to enjoy, and a
weekly break from your studies will be beneficial for your work as well.
Please remember that the MCR offers an associate member status for
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member’s spouses or live-in partners. As associate member of the MCR, your
partner is welcome at all of our events, even unaccompanied!
The chaplain and counsellor are available for support.

Bullying and harassment
Emmanuel College is committed to providing a safe environment in which all
members of the College can participate freely and contribute fully without fear
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fundamental to the academic and social life of our community. Sexual
harassment and sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. The College will
support and assist the victim of any harassment or sexual misconduct.
On the college website (www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/documents) you will find
official documents and policies including:
-

Code of Conduct for students in respect of harassment and sexual
misconduct
College Statement on sexual harassment and sexual misconduct
College Advice on sexual harassment and sexual misconduct
Emmanuel College Guidance on, and procedures for handling cases
of, harassment or sexual misconduct raised by one student (or
students) about another student (or students)

Any criminal behaviour should be reported to police. If you are made to feel
uncomfortable by any MCR member, please reach out for help from the
committee. You may also lodge a complaint following either the university or
college procedures.
Harassment may include verbal, physical, emotional, and sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment may include sexually charged comments or questions as
well as physical contact including sexualized dancing or touching if consent has
not been established. For more information on consent, sexual harassment and
assault, please see the relevant sections below.

Consent
As well as forming friendships, you may engage in sexual relationships during
your time here, either with new partners or in an already established
relationship. Even if you are confident that you are informed about consent, it is
important that you review this section. It is important to feel confident and safe
with your partner and to be considerate towards them. Even in established
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important, as they are context-specific and can be complex at times. Below are
some key ideas which should be included in this discussion:
Informed
There should be a thorough understanding about what is being asked for and
consented to. Consent to sex, for example, is not the same as consent to sex
without protection.
Mutual
Consent is communicated between all individuals involved.
Active
Consent should be a continual communication between all involved, and all
should feel engaged and involved in this communication. This means that
consent is not only a one-time affirmation, but a continued, repeated one.
Sober/capable
There are situations in which intoxication means consent isn’t possible: when
your partner is having difficulty speaking or standing. However, everyone has
different limits and boundaries, and drunkenness doesn’t automatically
invalidate consent. The best way to determine if someone consents to sex after
drinking is to check in with the person repeatedly to ensure that they’re capable
of communicating their needs. It can be wise to ask yourself: can this person
communicate clearly, are they coherent and are they sober enough to know fully
what is going on? If there is ever any doubt, confusion, or supposed mixed
message, don’t do it.
Communicated
Use words and actions that are mutually understandable. For all sorts of
reasons people might find communicating in a certain way (e.g. verbally)
difficult. The method of communication may differ but the message does not.
However, be wary of reading into actions. Neutral behaviour, or not saying no,
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Retractable
Consenting to one sexual act does not mean consenting to all sexual acts.
Consent can also be retracted at ANY time, and any and all sexual acts should
be stopped until consent is re-established.
Willing
Agreement can never count as consent if someone is forced. If you agree after
being threatened, this is not consent, and any sexual acts following may be
considered assault.

Alcohol
Whilst enjoying the wide variety of social events on offer in the MCR and in
Cambridge more generally, many people will enjoy alcoholic drinks. However, it
is important to highlight that the MCR is an inclusive, diverse community where
we respect everyone’s choice whether or not to drink. You don’t need to drink
to enjoy our events and at formals where wine is included, we offer a discounted
price for those not drinking, and a non-alcoholic alternative. For those who do
drink, alcohol is on offer at many events, restaurants, pubs and it is important to
be aware of how much you are drinking and speak to someone if you feel things
are getting out of control. Remember that you are entirely responsible for your
behaviour at all times, even under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

Sexual Harassment and Assault
The College will support and assist the victim of any sexual harassment or
sexual misconduct. In the event of harassment and assault, please refer to the
official documents and policies mentioned above (available on the college
website www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/documents). A few key points are
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In an emergency or immediately following an assault




Go somewhere that you feel safe.
If you need the Police or other services, contact them immediately by
dialing 999
The advice provided by Rape Crisis can be accessed at
www.rapecrisis.org.uk

In College, the Porters’ Lodge will always be a safe place from where you can
contact help and assistance. The Porter on duty will contact the Duty Tutor,
provide useful telephone numbers, or summon assistance on your behalf.

After an assault
Who can you contact?
It can be difficult to talk about an assault to friends or family yet it is very
important to have understanding and support. There are a number of different
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people you may choose to contact for support and advice. There is no single or
correct route by which to seek support.
Within College the following people are available to support and advise you, in
no particular order:









Your Tutor
Any other Tutor who you wish to approach
The Senior Tutor
The Graduate Tutor
The Advisor to Women Students
The Dean
The College Counsellor
The College Nurse

There are many practical things that the College can do to assist you and by
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will also advise you on, and direct you to, any professional support and
counselling services that you may need. Whoever you approach the matter will
be treated sensitively and in confidence.
In addition, the Welfare Officers of ECSU and the MCR at Emmanuel College
and the Welfare Officers at CUSU and the Graduate Union are people from
whom you can seek help and advice.

What can the College do to support you?
No one should feel that they need cope on their own and talking to someone
about harassment or an assault is important in and of itself. This is true whether
you talk to someone soon after an incident has taken place or at some later
date.
Whoever you decide to approach in College they will direct you to, or provide,
the following services, as appropriate to your needs:












Counselling
Health advice and treatment (eg. pregnancy and STI screening)
Support for your general wellbeing in college
Adjustments to your academic work and support
Measures to protect your personal safety
Providing advice about the complaint procedures available to you
Respecting your confidentiality
Helping you to decide whether to approach the Police
Reporting a sexual assault
Information about sexual assault referral centres
Other sources of support and advice

Useful Contact Details
Sexual Assault Referral Center (SARC)
Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) are specialist 24/7 services for people
who have been raped or sexually assaulted. They aim to be one-stop services,
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following assault/rape, counselling and — in some locations — sexual health
services. Services are free of charge and provided to women and men. Most
SARCs are able to offer services to anyone including those who do not wish to
report the assault to the police (‘self referrals’).
For more information and a directory of services, see
https://rapecrisis.org.uk/sexualassaultreferralcentres.php.
The sexual assault referral centre for Cambridgeshire is based at The Elms
(www.theelmssarc.org), in Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon and is
available 24/7 to victims by calling 0800 193 5434. There are also SARCs in
Ipswich (Suffolk, one hour away), Norwich (Norfolk, 1 hour 20 minutes away)
and London. Other sources of support and advice.
The University offers advice
(www.studentcomplaints.admin.cam.ac.uk/harassment-sexual-misconduct) to
students who feel that they are being harassed and to students who are
accused of harassment.
Breaking the Silence (www.breakingthesilence.cam.ac.uk/offers) provides
information about the support and reporting options available inside and
outside of the University.
The Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre provides a free a national helpline
on 08451 221 331. The helpline is open 12.00–2.30 pm and 7.00–9.30 pm every
day of the year, providing support for female and male survivors, partners, family
and friends. Support is also available from the Emerald Centre
(www.emeraldcentre.org).
Cambridge Rape Crisis (www.cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk) provides a phone
line twice a week which offers a confidential service of support and information
provided over the telephone.
Victim Support (www.victimsupport.org.uk) provide a confidential phone line
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The NHS also provides information and advice on help and support after
sexual assault
(www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealth/Pages/Sexualassault.aspx).
University Counselling Service
2-3 Bene’t Place, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EL
01223 332865
reception@counselling.cam.ac.uk
www.counselling.cam.ac.uk
Professional counsellors and therapists to whom students can talk in order to
work through issues that affect them.
CUSU (Cambridge University Students Union)
17 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX
01223 333313 or 01223 333179
info@cusu.cam.ac.uk
www.cusu.cam.ac.uk
CUSU can provide information, advocacy, resources and support in
understanding your options and going through College and University
procedures.
Graduate Union
17 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX
01223 333312
www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk
The GU works on issues that affect Graduate Students at the University, and
can support individual students.
Nightline
21 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BQ
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(7)44444
www.linkline.org.uk
Helpline run by students for students (Full Term only, 7pm-7am).
NHS Direct
111
24-hour medical advice and information helpline.
Police — Cambridgeshire
999 (emergencies)
0845 456 456 4 (all non-emergency enquiries)
Rape Crisis
Box R, 12 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2AD.
01223 245888
www.cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk
Information, advice and support for women survivors of rape and sexual abuse
and for those supporting them.
The Samaritans (Cambridge Branch)
4 Emmanuel Road, Cambridge CB1 1JW.
01223 364455 or 08457 909090
www.samaritans.org.uk
Befriending helpline for those in crisis or despair.

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International students
Welcome to the UK! Like Gandhi, Wittgenstein, and countless others before and
since, you are (or will soon be) an international student in the UK — with all the
challenges, privileges, frustration and excitement that brings. Pubs and tea
shops, ‘Harry Potter gowns’ and Formal Halls; Marmite and mushy peas; cricket
and croquet; castles and crypts, bikes and baskets… England certainly is much
more than these oddities and stereotypes, but it’s the small details of life in the
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UK that make it both foreign and endearing.
While things may seem quaintly and traditionally British, Cambridge is also an
incredibly international community, from its student societies to the culinary
delights of Mill Road. You will no doubt find your feet quickly, but in the
meantime, your international officer (Georgia, international@emmamcr.org.uk)
would be glad to answer any questions you might have about your arrival and
everyday life in the UK.
Dial 999 to contact the emergency services in the UK.

Visa
The MCR is not qualified to advise on individual visa issues; contact the Tutorial
Office at Emmanuel (college-registrar@emma.cam.ac.uk). Note that most
student visa holders will be required to sign a register in the Tutorial Office once
a term, to demonstrate their residency in Cambridge and stay in compliance of
their visa. You should receive an email from the Tutorial office periodically about
this.

Banking
Soon after arrival, you’ll need to set up a bank account in the UK for local
transactions. This will be current account, with a card for withdrawals at
cashpoints (ATMs). A vast majority of the ATMs in the UK do not charge a
transaction free. You’ll be able to organise your finances and make payments
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Some of the closest banks to Emmanuel include Barclays, Santander, HSBC,
Lloyds, and Metro but there are many others. Building societies provide most
banking services. Check what options they have for international students
(often, none), or students in general. Some, like HSBC, might offer special
“Passport” accounts for international students, but charge a monthly fee. Try to
find a current account with no fees, or that will let you make withdrawals and
transfers without charge from a bank in your home country.
Set up an appointment with a bank to open an account. Lines will be long during
Fresher’s Week so try to get there early (~30 min before it opens) to set up the
appointment as there will be a limited number of appointment spots per day.
Ask the College Tutorial Office (tutorial-office@emma.cam.ac.uk) for a letter
to open a bank account BEFORE you set up the appointment. Note that
different banks will ask for different things. The letter will probably need to
confirm that you have a guaranteed place on a course that is longer than six
months, and show your address, starting and ending dates — but make sure to
check.

Phones
Almost all of the major phone companies will provide you with a pay-as-you-go
(PAYG) SIM card for free, which you can top up as you need. This would be a
good option for one year courses. Nearby Emmanuel, you can check out options
at mobile stores like the Carphone Warehouse, or individual carriers like Three,
Vodafone, EE, O2… It’s worth comparing rates within the UK and to your home
country.
If you’re sticking around for two years or more, consider a phone contract.
Mobile phone contracts can be more difficult for students to obtain, as they often
require credit history – but it’s worth inquiring.
A popular alternative for both PAYG or contract options is to use online mobile
companies like Giffgaff (giffgaff.com) or Talkmobile (talkmobile.co.uk), which
send you your SIM card by mail. You can even order this in advance to your
college address (see mail). Bring along an unlocked phone, insert the SIM card,
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of that, the CUSU Freshers fair (2nd and 3rd October) will have plenty of stands
with PAYG cards ready for the taking from these listed companies.
Cambridge has 4G coverage.

Health care
Health, as the saying goes, is wealth. The National Health Service (NHS) is the
UK’s state healthcare system providing a wide range of health care services
including appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care (see
www.camstudenthealth.nhs.uk). EU nationals and Tier 4 visa holders are
entitled to receive certain treatment from the NHS free of charge in General
Practitioner (GP) Surgeries, health care centres, and hospitals. This applies to
your spouse and children if they are in the UK as your visa dependants.
Non-UK European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family should
obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to the UK.
You must register with a Cambridge doctor (GP) as soon as you arrive in
Cambridge. You can find a list of local practices on the College website
(https://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/admissions/graduates/freshers/).
You will need to pay for dental treatments as well as for any associated medical
prescription to be collected from a pharmacy; dental problems are not only a
pain in the mouth but also in the pocket. Students wishing to register as an NHS
dental patient locally can find out which practices in the city are accepting NHS
patients using the NHS search facility (http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceSearch/Dentist/LocationSearch/3).
The College also has a nurse who is available during term time to offer advice
to students (see college welfare contacts). For further details about the full range
of medical support available within College, ask at the Porter’s Lodge for the
times of regular surgeries during NPR.
If you require urgent emergency medical assistance and are unable to
travel to the hospital, either contact the Porters’ Lodge, if you are living in
College accommodation, or dial 999 free from any phone and ask for the
ambulance service. In some university buildings you need to dial 1999 (1 for
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Shopping
There are many shops in Cambridge that will probably have everything you
need. If not, there is always
Household: Wilko’s, John Lewis., TK Maxx.
Groceries: Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose, Asda, ALDI, the
Co-operative Food, the stalls in Market square.
International Stores: Seoul Plaza, Ocean Supermarket, Spice Gate, Al-Amin,
Sweet Home Chinese Supermarket, Limoncello, Mill Road International
Supermarket, Pod Orlem.

International Student Team and iCUSU
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The University’s International Student Team not only provides support with your
visa applications, but also collects important information for all International
students (EU and Non EU). This second website is a must-read for all due soon
in Cambridge (www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk). Their function as a
University service is to help international students all over the year with any
issue related to being a foreigner in this country.
As a Cambridge student you are automatically a member of CUSU. CUSU
International (iCUSU) is a special branch within CUSU and is the umbrella body
for all international societies and students at the University of Cambridge. They
aim to serve as a hub for all things international happening in Cambridge, whilst
looking out for the needs of international students
Here’s last year’s International Student Guide from iCUSU:

https://www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/files/international_student_gu
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Religion
Emmanuel welcomes anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. Listed below
are a few places within and near college that may be of interest.
Emmanuel Chapel
The Chapel is located straight in front of you as you come through the main
College gate. There are services held twice each Sunday and on Thursday led
by the Dean, The Revd Jeremy Caddick (jlc24@cam.ac.uk) — see
www.emma.cam.ac.uk/chapel.
All members of Emma and their friends are welcome. If you are interested in
reading in chapel services then get in touch with the Dean, who is always
happy to have more volunteers.
Reflection Room
There is a multi-faith reflection room that is open to anyone for quiet prayer
and contemplation, located in Emmanuel House.

From the Dean himself,
You will see me around College and at various events, and I am
always happy to talk to you about anything that concerns you. Please
don’t think that I will only be interested in talking to you if you are
religious!
We recognise that a community such as Emmanuel contains people
from the whole range of religious backgrounds and beliefs. I am happy
to offer help and advice in finding an appropriate religious group for
you if you are new to Cambridge. I hope to meet as many of the new
arrivals as possible in the first few days of term. As well as being
Dean, I will also be presiding over your matriculation, which means
that I will meet you then (if not before).
Additionally, there are several religious organizations within Emmanuel
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religious societies at the University of Cambridge can also be found at
goo.gl/WQQlCQ.
The Cambridge University Fresher’s Fair at Kelsey Kerridge is also another
place to look for societies. They put all the religious societies’ stands together.
For now, though…
Christian Graduate society
www.societies.cam.ac.uk/cgs/#events is a way to be involved with the
Christian community in Cambridge. Whether you are looking for weekly bible
studies, study or prayer groups, or local churches, you can find information
and contacts here.
Islamic society
www.isoc.co.uk/freshers-2 is the place to look at if you’re interested in
engaging with the Islamic society. From study circles to social events, you can
find all the dates and information in the link above!
Jewish society
www.cujs.org/freshers is the home of Judaism in Cambridge. They offer many
events where you can meet people, learn about Judaism and engage an many
other activities.

Being Green
Emma is not only known for its ducks and for being friendly, but it is also
becoming known for its green initiatives, such as the Green Duck Scheme. It is
a college-wide effort to increase energy efficiency and recycling to reduce
Emma’s environmental impact. In 2017, we were awarded the Silver Award
from the Green Impact initiative. We hope you will continue in our efforts to
make Emma an eco-friendly place!
For any further queries and green event interests, email
(green-ethical@emmamcr.org.uk).
Check out the Emma Green Duck Policy for a few details on how Emma is
keeping green (http://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/life/greenduck/) but for now…

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Reduce





Don’t want unwanted ads in your pigeon-hole? There’s an envelope
with green stickers on the board inside the pidge! Put a green sticker
next to your name!
Don’t forget to switch-off lights and unplug devices to minimize energy
consumption.
Report any faults (i.e. leaky taps, faulty radiators, etc) through Emma’s
online maintenance form

Reuse






Instead of spending 5p on a new carrier bag each time you go grocery
shopping, reuse the ones you already have. If not, we do have Emma
Green Duck cotton shopping bags that students can obtain from the
Porters’ lodge.
Need a coffee or tea in the morning or the afternoon to get through the
day? Buy an Emma inscribed re-usable Keep Cup and get 10p off of
every hot drink you get using the cup in hall!
There may be boxes of equipment from previous residents in the
kitchen for you to use. At the end of the year, pass on what you no
longer need.

Recycle
Cambridge is pretty great for recycling, and can handle many materials other
places do not. See https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling for
details, including collection dates.
What can you recycle?
Paper, magazines, envelopes, empty aerosols, glass bottles/jars, phone books, cardboard,
cartons, plastic bottles/tubs/pots/trays, clean foil, cans/tins/metal jar lids, large tins, plastic bags,
film, wrapping

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Crisp packets, envelopes with bubble wrap, wood, pyrex/glass dishes, foil-lined plastic pouches,
shredded paper, polyestyrene foam, crockery, clothing, napkins, tissues

MCR
Use the silver bins labeled ‘recycling’ for all recyclable materials.
North Court
Two large, blue recycling bins are located near the entrance of the Court, next
to the gate.
Off-site college housing
All have recycling bags (clear, plastic bags) for mixed recycling as well as a
compost bin.
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Each student room should have a recycling bin. If you do not have a recycling
bin, please ask your bedder for a recycling bin.
A broken glass bin should also be found in every major kitchen. If you do not
have one, please notify your bedder or the green officer.
Private housing
Separate wheelie bins for general rubbish (black), compostable waste (green)
and mixed recycling (blue) are provided by the council.
Bins are emptied every fortnight. Blue and green bins will be one week, black
bins the other.
In some housing, instead of bins there will be white plastic sacks for rubbish,
brown paper sacks for compost, and a recycling box for recyclable materials.

Computing
University Information Services (UIS)
Visit www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/email for all things related to your university email
address. The university email service is called Hermes.

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CRSid
Every Cambridge student is provided with a University email address
(e.g. abc123@cam.ac.uk). The prefix part of the address (in this case, abc123)
is your CRSid. The CRSid together with the UIS password are used to identify
you to various services throughout the University.
Raven
When trying to access any of the university services you’ll be redirected to the
Raven login system (https://raven.cam.ac.uk/auth/login.html) to input your
CRSid and UIS password.

Before arrival, you will need to collect your account details. You can collect
your CRSid and initial password for Raven by completing the online form once
you
have
completed
student
registration
(see
http://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/downloads/gettingstarted.pdf for more information).
Make a note of your initial password. Once you have collected your initial
password, use it to log in to the UIS Password Management Application
(password.csx.cam.ac.uk) and create your own UIS Password. Your CRSid and
this newly created UIS password will be everything you need to access to any
of the university services.
Make sure to check your email regularly, as all official communications from the
University will be by email. In the run-up to the start of term, the MCR committee
will begin emailing you with helpful information and details of freshers’ events.

Connecting your own computer
During your time at Emma, you’re going to need to use the computer facilities,
not least to sign up for MCR events! Most people bring a laptop (and we strongly
recommend you do).
There is excellent high-speed internet connectivity in Cambridge. If you take a
college room there will be an internet connection provided. The College Wi-Fi
connection is eduroam. This is available to all Emma students throughout the
college and covers much of the city. Wired access points are provided in the
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committee members will be on hand to help in the MCR from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
on Friday 28th September and 11am-3pm, 6-7pm on Saturday 29th September.
If you have any special computing software or equipment needs, there are funds
available
to
help.
Please
contact
the
computer
officer
(computing@emmamcr.org.uk) to discuss your needs in confidence.
Set up and use eduroam
To set up eduroam it is essential to first retrieve your username (your eduroam
identifier) and password (your Network access token) from UCS Tokens
(tokens.csx.cam.ac.uk). You will be first redirected the Raven login system to
input your CRSid and UIS password.
Select the type of device you are configuring on the eduroam configuration
webpage ucs.cam.ac.uk/wireless/eduroam/localusers. At this point you will be
asked to download the automatic configuration tool. Download and launch the
tool. When you’re asked to insert a Username and Password, fill it with your
eduroam identifier and the Network access token previously retrieved.
College-specific Wi-Fi
For coverage across Cambridge, eduroam is your best bet. But Emma also
provides Wi-Fi networks specific to locations within College. Within the main
college grounds, the connection EmmaGuest is available, with password
‘Mildmay84’ (after our founder and year). Other off-site college accommodation
has specific connections, for which the password is ‘EmmaDucks9’ if not posted
within the building as something else.

College computers
The college has three computer rooms that are open 24 hours a day (access
with university card) and have a range of modern PCs and Macs, including the
graduate-priority room in Emmanuel House. There are printing and scanning
facilities in all computer rooms. There are also two computers and printing
facilities in the MCR, reserved for the use of MCR members.

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Websites
College website (www.emma.cam.ac.uk)
This contains a wealth of information about life at college, including welfare,
accommodation, useful contact details. Book for formal hall, request
maintenance, or view today’s menu from catering. All the official documents are
at www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/documents.
MCR website (www.emmamcr.org.uk)
This contains some additional information about life at college, including
welfare, accommodation, useful contact details and the calendar of upcoming
events. Some parts of the site are only accessible with the Raven login. We are
in the process of migrating to a new website.
The website is also used to sign up for the many events we have throughout
each year. Billing for events is done via the college . You’ll never receive any
unsolicited requests for payment from the MCR.

Mailing lists
The MCR has a general mailing list, featuring a weekly bulletin and
announcements from the committee. There are also a number of social or more
specialised lists
There is also a list for official business (emmamcr-official) to which only the MCR
president and secretary can email; this is only for announcing




the election and general meetings (annual or extraordinary),
any proposed changes to the MCR’s constitution, and
dates and times at which we will be accessing properties, for the
purposes of reviewing the assigned grades.
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Sport and other activities
If you enjoy sports, music, or anything in between, you will find that between the
University and College teams/orchestras/societies and the MCR activities
there’s a lot on offer. It doesn’t matter whether you want to train for hours every
day or just play for fun, there’s something for everyone!
The University offers pretty much every sport going, from football to real tennis,
water polo to ice hockey. The focal point of University club’s season is the
annual varsity match against Oxford, but throughout the year teams competes
at a high level in both regional leagues and the British Universities & Colleges
Sport competitions (BUCS). Some sports may require you to attend trials in
order to gauge your ability, while others take complete beginners. Check out
www.sport.cam.ac.uk to see the list of sports on offer.
As a member of the MCR you are eligible to join the University’s fitness centre,
located in West Cambridge. Details about the facilities and signing up can be
found at www.sport.cam.ac.uk. In addition, there is an Emmanuel College
fitness suite, located on Parker Street behind the college. It is free for college
members to use after completing a short induction (see fitness suite). Emma
also has its own sports grounds on Wilberforce road and has an excellent
boathouse and novice training program for rowing, with many of the college’s
rowers having learned to row here. A big selection of sports clubs, open to all
levels are available within the college. People of all levels of skill and
experience are encouraged to participate in inter-collegiate competitions. Most
societies are a mix of undergraduates and graduates and provide great
socialising opportunities.
For the musically minded, a variety of ensembles are provided by the
Cambridge University Music Society, www.cums.org.uk , including concert and
symphony orchestras and several choirs. Most of these are entry by audition
only but there is also a range of university-wide musical societies open to all
abilities, with plenty of scope for meeting like-minded individuals for a jamming
session or two! There is the college choir for those who wish to audition and
also a non-audition chorus, orchestra, big band and folk ensemble that put on
concerts once a term. The Emmanuel College Music Society website has more
details www.emmamusic.co.uk.
For those who want to do something else — acting, comedy, juggling — there’s
almost certainly a group or society already existing for you to join. For a full list
of all registered University societies, with links to individual websites, see
www.societies.cam.ac.uk. You may even find a club or society for an activity
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For more information about societies, head along to the University Fresher’s fair
at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre and the Emmanuel Fresher’s fair at the Emma
Old Library. You can also directly contact the appropriate team captains or
search the ECSU website (www.ecsu.org.uk) where you can see all the college
societies on offer.

College sports facilities
Sports facilities, like all facilities provided by the college, are intended to be
used. Safety instruction can be found in the Health and Safety Handbook (at
www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/documents).

The fitness suite
The fitness suite is located at 22 Parkside, adjacent to the College and Parker’s
Piece. The entrance is a little tricky, but once you find the address just look for
stairs heading to the basement.
This gym is for the exclusive use of Emmanuel students. There is a cardio room
(2 treadmills, 2 ergs, 2 bikes), a weight room (a variety of machines), and a
calisthenics room (with light weights, stretching aids, and mats). Also, you will
find men’s and women’s changing rooms along with a bathroom and a shower.
There are some important rules for users of the fitness suite:
1. Only inducted members of the college may use the fitness suite.
2. Never go to the gym alone. There is not an attendant present.
3. Wear proper gym attire (includes trainers), no muddy footwear in the
gym.
4. Don’t blast music; keep headphones on.
5. Gym hours are 7am–10pm. It also closes from 9–10am each morning
for cleaning.
6. Report any machine breaks to the Bursar (bursar@emma.cam.ac.uk)
or to the sports officer.
Once you have completed an induction and filled out some forms, your
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be induction conducted during Fresher’s week. If you miss the inductions,
contact the sport officer to schedule a time.

The sportsground
The College sportsground, a 12 acre site on Wilberforce Road near Grange
Road, consists of 2 football pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 9 tennis courts (3 newlylaid hardcourts and 6 grass courts), 1 cricket pitch and 2 netball courts. The
sportsground also includes changing rooms. Students are welcome to use these
facilities, but they should first check with the Head Groundsman, Mark
Robinson, using groundsman@emma.cam.ac.uk or on 01223 353961. (Sports
team captains will do this for organised training sessions and matches.)

The boathouse
The Emmanuel College Boat Club’s rowing boats and up to 8 graduate students
live in the boat house (also called Cutter Ferry), and that is where the club has
its gym. The gym is available exclusively to members of the Boat Club who have
been inducted. You will get the chance to sign up for the Boat Club during
fresher fair or a little later during the year (contact the rowing club captain or you
sport officer for more information).

Swimming pool
Emmanuel College has an outdoor swimming pool. It is said to be the oldest
one in England and probably the coldest too (there is no heating system). The
pool is in the fellow’s garden and is open from the beginning of Easter term
until the end of August. Opening hours are 6.30am-9am and 2pm-7pm 7 days
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a week. It is a lovely place to relax, read a book, cool down during the warm
sunny days or work on your tan if the weather permits!

Squash courts
Emma has 2 very nice, recently refurbished squash courts situated on the
college site. There is a booking system at Porters’ Lodge and you can borrow
racket from porter lodge or from the MCR. There is the possibility to set up a
ladder system, do get in touch with your peers to organise it or with your
sports officer.

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Tennis courts
From the beginning of Easter term until May week, there will be tennis courts
set up in the paddock (grass court) with a real net and some lines. These are
more suitable for quick fun exchange than to play a real match! If you are a
tennis addict, join the university club and if you would like to play more
casually during the whole year make use of the free tennis courts on Christ’s
piece or Jesus green. Rackets and balls can be borrowed from the Porters’
Lodge.

Other sports equipment
Frisbee, croquet, rounders, badminton, baseball, football, climbing …
equipment may be borrowed from porter’s lodge or found in the college kit
room! Parker’s piece which is right next to Emmanuel College is a great open
area to practice all sort of team sport for free. Get in touch with the relevant
college sports club before borrowing some equipment or for more information.
Only croquet and tennis are permitted on the paddock.

Freshers’ week Schedule
The Emmanuel College MCR has a week of events and activities planned to
help you get the lay of the land. We have a provisional schedule of Freshers’
week
events;
the
canonical
version
will
be
available
at
emmamcr.org.uk/freshers. We also include here the times at which meals are
served in the cafeteria.
If you are due to arrive earlier, why not email freshers@emmamcr.org.uk and
we’ll make sure you get invited along to events in the lead up to this week.
Also, keep an eye on your emails and the MCR facebook page for updates,
changes and more information on the fresher’s activities.
Some of the activities in the programme are compulsory or highly
advisable: they are shaded in pink. Other activities are more optional.
Events organised by the Middle Combination Room (MCR) Committee or
the Emmanuel College Students’ Union (ECSU) are shaded in blue.

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FRIDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

12-4pm

Welcome to the MCR – Tea and cakes
in the MCR room – MCR committee
members will be there to answer
questions and have a chat and help with
setting up computing accounts. Come
say hello!

MCR Room

5.45-7pm

Dinner (informal)

Hall

7pm
onwards

Welcome Drinks and Snacks

Upper Hall

SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

1-3pm

Tea and Cakes

MCR room

1-1.30pm

Tour of Cambridge 1

Meet at Porters’
Lodge

2-2.30pm

Tour of Cambridge 2

Meet at Porters’
Lodge

3-6pm

Welcome to Emma

Old Library

This is the main College
induction event
for new graduate students
7-9pm

Buffet Dinner & Quiz

Old Library

9pm onwards

Pub trip

Meet at Porters’
Lodge

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SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

11.30am

Sunday Brunch

Hall

2pm

Tour of Emma by MCR
committee

Meet at Porters’
Lodge

2.30pm

Gym Inductions

Meet at Porters’
Lodge

6-8pm

Duck/Duckling Dinner

TBD

8pm
onwards

Jazz & Cocktails

Old Library

MONDAY 1st OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

2-2.30pm

Introduction to computing at
Emma

Queen’s Building
Lecture Theatre

4-5pm

LGBT+ Tea and Cake

MCR room

8pm

Film Night

MCR room

TUESDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

10am – 5pm

University Freshers’ fair

Kelsey Kerridge and
Parkers’ Piece

7-9.30pm

Freshers’ Dinner

Drinks in the Old
Library, Dinner
(7.30pm) in Hall

9.30pm
onwards

Silent Disco

Old Library

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WEDNESDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATIO
N

All day
8.30a
m–
5pm

ID and visa check
(compulsory before matriculation)

Tutorial
Office,
Ground
Floor,
B
staircase

UK students: UK passport (if you do not have
a passport, provide your full birth certificate
along with a photo driving licence; or a
certificate of naturalisation).
EEA and Swiss students: a passport or
national identity card or a registration
certificate.
Non-EEA students: valid passport and
biometric residence permit (BRP)
(www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/collectin
g-your-visa-brp).

10am
– 5pm

University Freshers’ fair

Kelsey
Kerridge
and
Parkers’
Piece

1.30p
m

BBQ at Boathouse

Meet at
Porters’
Lodge

5pm

Historical Tour of the College

Meet at
Porters’
Lodge

811pm

Bar Crawl

Meet at
Porters’
Lodge

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THURSDAY 4th OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATIO
N

All day
8.30a
m–
5pm

ID and visa check
(compulsory before matriculation)

Tutorial
Office,
Ground
Floor,
B
staircase

UK students: UK passport (if you do not have
a passport, provide your full birth certificate
along with a photo driving licence; or a
certificate of naturalisation).

EEA and Swiss students: a passport or
national identity card or a registration
certificate.
Non-EEA students: valid passport and
biometric residence permit (BRP)
(www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/collectin
g-your-visa-brp).
12pm

Gym Inductions

Meet at
Porters’
Lodge

6–8pm

Welcome Service
A Eucharist to mark the beginning of the
academic year. Everyone is welcome!

Chapel

7.30p
m

Games night

MCR room

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FRIDAY 5th OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATIO
N

All day
8.30a
m–
5pm

ID and visa check
(compulsory before matriculation)

Tutorial
Office,
Ground
Floor,
B
staircase

UK students: UK passport (if you do not have
a passport, provide your full birth certificate
along with a photo driving licence; or a
certificate of naturalisation).

EEA and Swiss students: a passport or
national identity card or a registration
certificate.
Non-EEA students: valid passport and
biometric residence permit (BRP)
(www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/collectin
g-your-visa-brp).
6.30p
m

Pub Trip

Meet at
Porters’
Lodge

SATURDAY 6th OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

2-4pm

International snacks

MCR room

SUNDAY 7th OCTOBER 2018

TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

11.30pm

Brunch

Hall

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WEEK BEGINNING 8th OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

NOTES

various
times –
to be
announced

Meeting with your
Graduate Tutor
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to be confirmed

Mr Caddick is
Graduate Tutor
to graduates with
surnames
beginning A-K.

Please sign up for
an interview via
the Virtual
Learning
Environment
(Moodle), the link
will be sent to you
in due course

Professor Rae is
Graduate Tutor
to those with
surnames
beginning L-Z in
Michaelmas
2018.

WEDNESDAY 17th OCTOBER 2018
TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

NOTES

4.45pm

Graduate
Matriculation

Assemble
in the Old
Library
in correct
attire

Please see the
letter at
www.emma.cam
.ac.uk/admissio
ns/graduates/fre
shers/

7.00pm

Graduate
Matriculation
Dinner:
7.00pm – Drinks

Old Library

7.30pm – Dinner

Hall

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Cambridge life
Cambridge has plenty of good pubs and nice cafes for you to explore. The
pubs do high quality, affordable food, and the cafes a selection of pastries.
Beyond that the city is full of cultural goings on, and beyond the city limits are
cycle routes, National Trust properties and a selection of picturesque villages.

Pubs
Near Emma
The Clarendon Arms, The Grain & Hop Store, the Free Press, the Elm Tree,
the Champion of the Thames (pub quiz), The Hopbine, The Regal
Mill Road
Cambridge Blue, The Devonshire Arms, The Alexandra Arms, The Earl of
Beaconsfield (regular live gigs), The Empress (Cambridge’s best pub quiz).
Town Centre
The Cambridge Brew house, the Eagle (of DNA fame), the Bath House, the
Pint Shop (beer & gin) the Anchor, the Mill, the Granta (riverside patio).
Not in the town centre but not far
The Fort St George (Midsummer Common), The Alma (pub quiz), The Old
Spring, The Boathouse, The Burleigh Arms (near Barnwell).
A little further afield
The Green Man (Grantchester), the Green Dragon (Chesterton), the Plough
Late night licenses
The Maypole, the ADC bar, the White Swan.

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Cocktails
All Bar One, Las Iguanas, the Vaults, Tabouch, La Raza, Baroosh, 196 Mill
Road, Browns, Novi.

Coffee
Near Emma
Savino’s (10% Emma discount), All Bar One, Arts Picturehouse
Town Centre
Indigo coffee house, the Grad Cafe in the University Centre, Fitzbillies (cakes),
Aromi, Charlies Coffee Company, Stickybeaks, Afternoon Tease (great cake,
also great for brunch).
Mill Road
Espresso Library, CB1, CB2, Hot Numbers (regular Jazz concerts, also have a
location on Trumpington St), Black Cat, Limoncello (Italian deli and coffee),
Relevant Record Café, Tom’s cakes.

Restaurants
Deliveroo (deliveroo.co.uk) operate in Cambridge, as do Just Eat
(www.justeat.co.uk).
Near Emma
Wagamama (Noodles), Pizza Express, Zizzi, The Cricketers (Thai), Mai Thai
(also Thai), The Clarendon Arms (nice Pub food), The Grain & Hop Store, The
Regal, Seven days (Chinese),Varsity cafe, Nandos.
Town Centre
The Rainbow cafe (Vegan/Veggie), St. John’s Chophouse (not vegan!),
Jamie’s (Italian; no bookings), Cambridge Brew House, Butch Annie’s (best
burgers), Kymmoy (Chinese, near Barnwell).

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Mill Road
Bibimbab (Korean), Curry Queen (Indian), Rockers (Steaks and Burgers), Al
Casbar (Algerian), the Sea Tree (Fish), Bedouin
Cheap Eats
Emma Hall, Nanna Mexico, Michaelhouse Cafe, Carlos BBQ (Turkish), North
China Dumplings, the Falafel stand in Market square, Indigo coffee house.

Or if you rather eat in Hall at Emma
The cafeteria is open at the following times during term.
Meal

Time

Day

Breakfast

8.15am – 9.15am

Mon – Sat

Brunch

11.15am – 1.00pm

Sun

Lunch

12.15pm – 1.30pm

Mon – Fri

12.15pm – 1.15pm

Sat

Informal Hall

5.45pm – 7.00pm

Mon – Sun

Formal Hall

7.30pm

Thurs – Tue

Places to visit and things to do
In Cambridge
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
free entry for Cambridge students. Lovely gardens, nice all year round for a
stroll or picnic.

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Fitzwilliam museum aka the fitz
200 years old and housing incredible art and antique collections. Look out for
the special exhibits.
Other museums, all free
Sedgwick museum of Earth sciences, Museum of Archeology and
Anthropology, Museum of Classical Archeology, Whipple museum for the
History of Science, Museum of Zoology.
Big concerts and comedy
Check out the corn exchange, Cambridge Junction
Theatre and comedy
The ADC theatre, the Corpus Playhouse, Cambridge arts theatre, Mumford
theatre
Classical music
West road concert hall, ECMS recitals (in college every Sunday!)
Punting
A classic Cambridge pastime. You can hire punts from Scudamore’s with a
student discount, or make friends from one of the colleges with punts. It costs
£20 to join the Granta Rats for the year, and you can hire punts from them for
free.
Nice places for a walk
Midsummer common and down the river, down Mill Lane to Coe Fen and more
river, along to Grantchester meadows.

Near Cambridge
Grantchester
An idyllic little village a 40 min walk from Emma.

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Ely
A city the size of a village. Beautiful cathedral, Oliver Cromwell’s house,
Peacocks tearoom or the Almonry tea room for a drink or a bite to eat. A long
walk or a 15min train.
Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Estate
Both National Trust
London
All of the delights of London are just a 50min train ride away.

Events throughout the year
Cambridge is fantastic. It is also one of those places where so much is going
on, that it is easy to miss out on things, especially since some special things
really need to be arranged in advance to take full advantage of them!
Don’t miss the following formal dinners.
Emma
Christmas, Burns night, the black tie ones, anything followed by silent discos
or ceilidhs (Scottish dance nights).
Swaps
Kings Superhall, Trinity and Johns.

October
Freshers Week
The best way to start your time in college.
If you are a beer-lover, become a member of the Cambridge University Real
Ale Society now for massive benefits later on in the year.

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Festival of Ideas www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk
Cambridges social sciences and humanities festival with amazing speakers
(15 to 28 October 2018). Book your tickets in advance!

November
MCR Committee elections
Get your manifestos in and vie to run the MCR committee.
Guy Fawkes Day
5th November. See Britons lose their cool when they celebrate the burning of
effigies and all things wooden. Head to Midsummer Common for fantastic
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fireworks (that start rather early in the evening).
Ice skating and Christmas Market on Parkers Piece
November–January.

December
Selwyns Snowball www.selwynsnowball.co.uk
The one college rebelling against the May ball tradition throws its annual event
in winter. For if you want a pre-taste of what May week will be like. Ticket
sales start very early.

January
Register for working a may ball/june event and get free or discounted
entrance!
Winter Beer Festival
End of January 2019. Check out site https://pintsandpubs.wordpress.com/ for
more info.

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February
Sign up for May Balls and June Events. Do so the minute sign-up opens.
Coordinate with your co-conspirators up front about what type of tickets you
are to purchase (queue jump, dining, standard). In 2015, the Emmanuel Ball’s
tickets sold out in 16 seconds, 4 minutes and 24 minutes respectively.

March
Cambridge Science Festival
The science equivalent of the Festival of Ideas: 11-24 March 2019. Book your
tickets in advance! (http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk)
Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race
7 April 2019 Go down to London, bring some beer and snacks along. Find
your own spot, or go to some of the parks on the river which show the race on
big screens, which we highly recommend. (The whole thing will take a while,
and prices are crazy expensive. Also, prepare for 30 minute bathroom queues,
so dont go just before the main race starts).
Oxford-Cambridge Goat Race
End of Mar/Early Apr 2018. Where the goats of both universities defend the
university colors. In a petting zoo in London. Book tickets in advance.

April
Buy your Strawberry and Creem festival tickets.
Cambridge Literary Festival
Mid-April. Lots of authors, in lots of book stores:
www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

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May
Caesarian Sunday
On the early May bank holiday, witness pure debauchery on Jesus
Green courtesy of Girtons and Jesus drinking societies. Go at your own peril.
Also, dont complain if you have to explain the unflattering Daily Mail pictures
to your grandmother. There are probably better things to do.
Singing from St Johns tower
Ascension Day Carol (sometime mid-May 2018), midday.
Check www.sjcchoir.co.uk/events.
Museums at Night
Mid-May. Visit those awesome museums that you never have the time for.
Plenty of amazing events, and free admission. Some require booking in
advance.
Cambridge Beer Festival
Jesus Green. (May 2019) Aren’t you grateful you have listened to us, and
have gotten your CAMRA membership card for queue jump (lines may be up
to two hours) and free entrance.
Swimming pool opens
’Nuff said.

June
Trinity Choir’s Singing from the towers/Singing on the River.
Usually beginning of June, see trinitycollegechoir.com/concerts
Jazz and Brass in the Parks
June to September. Does exactly what the package says. Check the council
website for updated info.

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Strawberry Fair
Annual free festival on Midsummer Common in the beginning of
June: strawberry-fair.org.uk
May Bumps
The one time to get behind these annoying Boat Club folk [ed: easy there],
and show some Emma pride. Go to The Plough pub in Fen Ditton
(www.theploughfenditton.co.uk) or head to Grassy Corner, for fantastic views,
and dont forget to BYOB and snacks and picnic blanket, because again, this
will take some time. The best boats MI and WI race late in the day; the most
carnage at the start. Races are two hours earlier on the Saturday.
Cambridge Country Fair
Mid-June on Parkers Piece. For your organic sausages, and Ferret Racing.
Free entrance.
Strawberries and Creem music festival
Mid-June, tickets on sale from April/May onwards. They sell out quickly.
www.facebook.com/strawberriesandcreem
May week Sunday
End of exams, the beginning of May week proper.
Cardboard Boat Race
The only boat race that really matters, on May week Sunday. Register a week
or two beforehand.
Kings college choir singing on the river
End of June. Buy tickets in advance. www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/concerts-atkings
MidSummer Fair
A fair (end of June) on Midsummer Common. A bounty of attractions and
(usually) one night where all rides are £1.

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Undergraduates depart
Finally. Although, sadly, so do many masters students. For the rest of us,
though, there’s…

July
Cambridges Big Weekend on Parkers Piece
Mid July, with performances and fabulous
fireworks, www.cambridge.gov.uk/the-big-weekend-0.
Sounds green at the garden
Jazz music and barbecue every wednesday in July in the university Botanic
gardens.
Folk Festival
End July–beginning of August. Book tickets in
advance, www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival.

August
The MCR organises pub crawls, pool parties, pub nights, bar nights, lunch
trips (when the college cafeteria is closed) and many other events.

September
Cambridge Film Festival
Usually the first week in September. A number of first screenings, and
directors often participate in Q&As.

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Staying on top of things
There are a number of Facebook groups and websites you really want to visit
on day one of your Cambridge experience.















Emmanuel College MCR Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/emmamcr/
Emmanuel MCR Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/emmanuelcollegemcr/
Emmanuel College Students Union Facebook Group
Emmanuel Womens Society (if you identify with this)
Your departmental group
Bookmark talks.cam.ac.uk (for all events happening in Cambridge)
Overheard in Cambridge
www.visitcambridge.org/whats-on/major-festivals-and-events, for all
the locally organised events.
Check out what is happening at the Anglia Ruskin hang-out site the
Junction for amazing comedy, music, etc. (www.junction.co.uk).
Check out who is visiting the Corn Exchange
(www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex).
Cambridge Tab (thetab.com/uk/cambridge) for the latest scandals and
updates on Cambridge
Cambridge Union Society for a whole bunch of amazing speakers and
other events. (www.cus.org)
joinagora.com. For all events Cambridge.
For all deadlines on May Balls, June events and Garden Parties, visit
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Cambridge Terminology A–Z
Affiliate
n. Some students are considered undergraduates academically, but from a

social point of view they are members of the graduate student union, Emmanuel
College Middle Combination Room (MCR). The MCR grants affiliate member
status to these intrepid scholars; they can use the MCR and sign up to events.
They are full members of college, though, so pay members’ prices. Not to be
confused with associate.
Amazon locker
n. Amazon orders end up in the locked room opposite the pigeonhole room.
This was, until recently, a box containing a payphone. Cambridge: keeping up
with the times since 1209.
Associate
n. As graduate students we may have more progressed personal relationships
than the undergraduates have; as such the MCR offers associate member
status for members’ spouses or live-in partners. The associate member will
receive a card that gives them access to the MCR, and can sign up to events
independently on our website (albeit for guest prices). Not to be confused with
affiliate. Email secretary@emmamcr.org.uk if this applies to you.
Bar
n. The finest student bar in Cambridge, serving £2 pints right in the centre of
Cambridge, with just the slightest hint of pipe-cleaner… The bar is run by
students, so contact the bar managers if you’d like to earn some extra money
working there (you’ll need a National Insurance number to be able to be paid).
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Bedder
n. College cleaner. Historically they would make beds, hence the name. They
shouldn’t be entering graduate students’ rooms at all, so you’ll have to clean,
and empty your bins.
Bicycles
plural n. The only way to see Cambridge. There’ll be a big page on cycling in
the printed freshers’ guide. For now, watch out if you drive to Cambridge as
cyclists are everywhere. And if you want to bring a bike, bring a good lock, too
— preferably a D-lock with a high rating. Front wheels have been known to
disappear; so lock the frame of your bike to something (or buy a quick release
padlock).
Bills
plural n. At the end of every term you’ll receive a bill for food, board, college
printing and MCR activities.
Bill’s
n. Hip cafe in town.
Brunch
n. Meal served on Sundays instead of lunch during term in college. They have
a large selection of fried goods. There are other providers in Cambridge, which
will be listed in the freshers’ booklet, which you’ll be given on arrival.
Bumps
n. sing. An event in February (Lent bumps) or June (May bumps) at which
boats vie to move up the rankings on the river. There are plenty of videos
online, some of which explain the name ‘bumps’.
Bursary
n. For any college account queries and where you can pay your college bill,
head to the first floor on “A” staircase in Front Court. College bills can be paid
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Bus
n. A vehicle that most students manage to avoid. If you are working at West
Cambridge or Addenbrooke’s there will are services conveniently near college
accommodation.
Roughly speaking, the buses run frequently from 7am til 6pm, Monday to
Sunday. The main bus station is on Drummer Street, where most buses for
travel in and around Cambridge can be found. There are also stops along
Emmanuel Street and St Andrew’s Street. You can find the bus routes and
timetables from the websites of Stagecoach (www.stagecoachbus.com/maps)
and the local council (goo.gl/U0QOVP).
Buttery
n. A small shop in the kitchen, where snacks and drinks (including wine,
college port and college ale) can be bought using your university card. Some
colleges refer to their cafeterias as butteries.
Cam
n. The river running through Cambridge. It’s actually a tributary of the Great
Ouse. There are far nicer places to swim (see Pool) but it is a popular location
for punting, kayaking and rowing.
Car hire
n. If you are under the age of 25, you will struggle to hire a car in the UK. It is
exceedingly expensive (typically £60/day on top of the price of the car itself
and fuel and insurance excess protection). Cambridge Car & Van Rental allow
members of the university below the age of 25 to rent, and are reasonably
priced. For access to a car every now and then, you should have an
opportunity at the freshers’ fair to join zipcar.
Catering
n. As well as self-catering, it is also possible to eat daily in College (there’s
always a collection of Grads dining together). There are a few weeks during
the year when the kitchen shuts down completely, usually a week or two over
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The meal times during term are in the Freshers’ Week section. Menus will be
at www.emma.cam.ac.uk/contact/students/catering/menus (you need to log in
with Raven to see them).
CFC
abbrev. n. Catering Fixed Charge. Everyone living in College accommodation
has this charge added to their rent and in return, has discounted prices on
food at informal hall. Those who live closer to College pay a higher CFC than
those who live further away as it’s expected they’ll eat in hall more often.
Those who live out of College accommodation don’t pay CFC and therefore
don’t have any discount.
Chapel
n. Straight in front of you as you come through the main College gate is the
Chapel. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it has been extensively restored
back to its original glory. There are services held twice each Sunday and on
Thursday led by the Dean, The Revd Jeremy Caddick (jlc24@cam.ac.uk) —
see www.emma.cam.ac.uk/chapel.
All members of Emma and their friends are welcome. If you are interested in
reading in chapel services then get in touch with the Dean, who is always
happy to have more volunteers.
Cinema
n. Our local cinemas are the multiplex at the Grafton Centre, and the Arts
Picturehouse, found opposite the front of college (with entrances either side of
Spoons). Members of each get discounts, and there are extra cheap nights on
Monday at the Picturehouse and Tuesday at Vue.
Counselling
n. The university counselling service (www.counselling.cam.ac.uk) offers a
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counsellor who is available to discuss any problems. She is independent of the
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CUSU
n. The Cambridge University Students’ Union. Mainly deal with undergraduate
affairs, but represent all students, including graduates. This year a number of
Emma students are elected officers, so you might actually hear about them!
Dean
n. The Dean (and coincidentally also Graduate Tutor), Revd. Jeremy Caddick,
is one of the many people in the College who are here to help you get as
much out of your time at Emma as possible. He is around College (staircase
“C” in Front Court, email jlc24@cam.ac.uk) every day except Saturday.
Dentist
n. Students wishing to register as an NHS dental patient locally can find out
which practices in the city are accepting NHS patients using the NHS search
facility (www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Dentist/LocationSearch/3).
Doctor
1.
n. Someone who has spent enough time as a graduate student, thank
you very much.
2.
n. You must register with a General (medical) Practitioner (GP) in
Cambridge. See www.camstudenthealth.nhs.uk.
Duck
1.
n. Emma has many real ducks (and moorhens) which roam freely
around the college. According to popular myth, the College has granted them
fellowships, to enable them to walk on the front court grass.
2.
n. A member of the MCR community who will get in touch with you
prior to your arrival in Cambridge. If you have any questions or want any
advice then feel free to email them as they’ve got some experience of college
life and should be able to impart valuable wisdom. They’ll also be around at
some events over Freshers’ Week to meet up with their ducklings (that’s you!).
ECSU
abbrev. n. Emmanuel College Students Union. Members of the MCR are also
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events, such as pub quizzes at the bar and vintage fashion fairs, as well as
representing the undergraduates to the College. See www.ecsu.org.uk for
more information. Recently the MCR and ECSU launched shared free weekly
Yoga sessions.
Eduroam
n. Wi-Fi for academic institutions, across the world, including Cambridge.
Barnwell has eduroam access, but most off site accommodation does not.
Formal hall
n. If you want to go for a 3 course meal at formal hall, you need to book a
place by 7pm the day before. Log in the Emma website
(www.emma.cam.ac.uk) and click on the knife and fork in the top right hand
corner. You can also book up to three guest tickets — something fun to do
with any friends or family to give them a taste of the Cambridge experience!
You’ll need to take your university card along on the night, and wear your
gown. You can take your own wine or buy it from the buttery just before. The
dress code for formals in Emma and most colleges is suits and gowns for
members of the university.
FREEPOS
colloquial n. Pay for meals and snacks in college with your university card,
also known as EPOS card (electronic point of sale). Of course, it doesn’t
always feel like you’re paying, hence the ‘Free’ bit. See University card.
Fresher
n. In case you hadn’t worked it out yet, freshers are the new starters at a
college. The undergraduates use the term for the entire year, but the only
grads who use it after freshers’ week are PhD students.
Freshers’ fair
1.
n. An event on Tuesday and Wednesday of freshers’ week at Kelsey
Kerridge where students try to identify how we’ll spend our non-work hours.
Sports teams, politics, space flight, pizza; whatever you want.
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know who you are…) then why not join the MCR committee when elections roll
around on (bizarrely for the same reasons as the other elections that day)
November 8th?
2.
n. A similar event in the Old Library at Emmanuel for college societies.
See the Freshers’ week timetable.
Gown
n. An item of clothing designed for men’s shoulders that will distinguish you
from undergraduates and allow you to work out whether the student you’re sat
next to at a formal dinner is under the age of 24 (probably). Cambridge alumni
wear the gown of their highest Cambridge degree; other graduate students
wear a BA status (if they are aged under 24) or MA status (if they are 24 or
over) to formal occasions (formal dinners, matriculation, and graduation). This
is what for students forms academical dress (or academicals), and is the only
correct use of the word ‘academical’.
While it is possible to rent, gowns get a lot of use, making it worth buying.
Grad
colloquial n. How undergraduates will refer to you. They will think you’re old
because you’re 22. They’ll get there sooner than they think.
Grad talks
n. An event at which a handful of graduate students present their research
while a larger group of students eat fried canapés and drink wine. Three per
term; if you talk you get a free MCR dinner out of it!
Grass
n. In Cambridge, grass is for viewing, not walking on. Apart from Emmanuel;
here only front court is proscribed.
Grassy
n. A corner on the river Cam, where people gather to watch the bumps (at the
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GU
n. The Graduate Union. This is a students’ union group, like CUSU, that
specifically represents graduate students to the university (as opposed to
CUSU which represents all students, but mostly undergrads). Don’t google
them — there have been some issues in the recent past — but the current
president Chad Allen is doing an excellent job. You probably won’t deal with
them much (unless you run for the MCR committee. Yay?).
Guest Room
n. See room bookings.
Hall
colloquial n. Dinner at Emma. Known as the cafeteria to staff. (Informal) hall
has no dress code (well, shoes are compulsory), whereas formal hall requires
formal dress and gowns to be worn. See catering or formal hall for more info.
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Herchel Smith
1.
n. Key developer of oral contraceptives.
2.
n. Major benefactor of the university, the college, Harvard and
Williams colleges, in particular of scholarships for Emmanuel students to study
at Harvard, and for Harvard and Williams students to study at Emmanuel.
Housekeeping
n. The Housekeeper is Mrs. Ann Patten (aep28@emma.cam.ac.uk). Her office
is in the basement of the Hostel at the far end of the Paddock. She organises
the Bedders, the cleaning staff in College accommodation, and she is also the
person to contact if you would like the mattress or furniture in your College
room replaced. First, though, try the online maintenance book (see
Maintenance).
JCR
n. Junior Common Room. A polite euphemism for ‘undergraduates’. Except
the graduate only colleges, every college has a JCR. You may also hear this
in the phrase ‘JCR bar’ which refers to Emma’s college bar, or ‘Old JCR’ which
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use it to refer to their undergraduate student union and a common room for
undergraduates; at Emma these are ECSU and the Old JCR.
Junior member
n. Us! Graduates and undergraduates are considered junior members of the
college. Naturally, some are more junior than others…
For administration purposes, the college divides into junior members, senior
members (i.e. fellows and those with an MA or equivalent from the college)
and staff.
Laundry
n. Most of the graduate housing away from the college site has its own laundry
facilities (typically a washer and dryer or multiples thereof).
However, should you want your clothes to be washed for you, all graduates
can take one 14lb (~6.25kg) bag of washing per week to be washed in college.
Take this to the laundry in the Hostel basement, which is open from 7.30am to
3pm on weekdays during term and from 7:30am to 12:30pm outside of term.
There’s also a free self-service washer and dryer in North Court (which can be
booked at the Porters’ Lodge which is also where you collect the key). There
are only 3 machines, but one is reserved for graduate students.
Undergraduates will use them if they are not taken on the day itself, so book
before at the Plodge (forms go up a few days in advance) to guarantee your
slot! You need your own washing detergent.
LGBT+
abbrev. adj. and n. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Non-binary,
Asexual, and many other terms (the plus leaves it open to extension without
having to re-print all the letterheads). If you find one of these labels helps you
describe yourself, there’s a community of like-minded beings who come
together on occasions for a range of social gatherings. Email lgbtplus@emmamcr.org.uk if you want to get involved, or check out
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Library
n. The college library is open 24-7 and occupied for much of that time. There’s
also the University Library (known as the UL) and its subsidiaries, department
libraries and the Cambridge Central Library. See www.lib.cam.ac.uk.
Mail
n. Apart from large deliveries, we strongly recommend you use the college
as your delivery address, and register that with banks or card companies.
The street name is optional.
Emmanuel College
St. Andrew’s St.
Cambridge
CB2 3AP
Mail will be delivered to your pigeonhole. The porters will sign for packages, or
recorded-delivery items. As a bonus, when you leave, the Porters will forward
your mail!
Maintenance
n. Things will break in college accommodation. When they do, report them in
the online maintenance book (unless the internet goes down — then hopefully
you can find someone with a cellular connection to email the computer office,
co@emma.cam.ac.uk). Details will be in the booklet you’ll receive before you
get to your room. If you find anything wrong on arrival, please email
accommodation@emmamcr.org.uk too.
Matriculation
n. This is the occasion when you officially join Emmanuel, undertake to
observe the College and University regulations and sign your name in the
matriculation book (following a tradition which dates back to the college
beginning; you’ll be alongside some notable alumni, including John Harvard,
the benefactor of Harvard University, whose only surviving signature is in the
Emma matriculation book). Matriculation is a cause for celebration and more
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May week
n. A week in June (it predates the adoption of the Gregorian calendar*)
following undergraduate and masters exams, and many hand-ins for first year
reports, during which Cambridge parties like it’s 1899. This year, Emma is due
to host a May Ball on the Sunday of May week. It’s expensive, but a great way
to end the year.
* Not actually true.
MCR
1.
abbrev n. The graduate community as a whole; the initials stand for
Middle Combination Room.
2.
abbrev n. The MCR committee exists to serve the MCR community.
Mostly we run events (like freshers’ week), but we also represent graduate
students to college. Elections to join the MCR committee will be held in
November, and we strongly encourage incoming students to run. The
committee is great fun and a great way to get to know the college, especially if
you are only here for a year.
3.
abbrev n. There is actually a room itself, known as the MCR, which
can be found on the first floor of the Queen’s Building.
MCR Dinner
n. These evenings of Bacchanalian delight occur roughly every two weeks
during term. The current standard price is £12, in return for an aperitif, three
courses, port and cheese, coffee, and free entry to a Silent Disco/Ceilidh/Jazz
night! They are your best opportunity to get to know other grads in Emma.
You’ll be told about the dinners by email, and sign-up is via our website. You
can bring guests along to these dinners (typically £16), although the number
will vary according to the popularity of the event.
Catering aim to accommodate all dietary requirements and at dinners where
wine is included with the meal, we offer non-alcoholic tickets at a reduced
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price.
The first MCR dinner of term, on October 2nd, is for all the freshers and
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is opt out. Email dietary requirements and whether or not you would like wine
to diets@emmamcr.org.uk, or email dinners@emmamcr.org.uk if you are
unable to attend. Prices are £12 for members without wine and £16 for
members with wine. We will probably be able to fit associate members; email
dinners@emmamcr.org.uk if you would like your partner to attend.
Mill Rd.
n. Running from the corner of Parker’s Piece past the Tenison houses and
over the railway is Mill Rd. There are a selection of middle eastern restaurants
and specialist shops originally serving the large international community in
Cambridge, but now serving everybody who wants some granadilla.
New
adj. In Cambridge this can mean anything post 1800 (see New Court in
college).
NOTAF
n. Technically first year PhDs are probationary, and students are only
registered as a PhD at the start of the second year. NOTAF (also known as
"not at first registered") is a status given to such students.
Nightlife
n. Cambridge student nightlife comes mainly in two forms; those associated
with the university and those provided for students of the university. Graduate
students tend to prefer the former; our MCR dinners (and soirées) are always
popular, as are some of the live music nights at other colleges.
The non-student nightlife varies from a huge number or delightful pubs and a
small number of bars, to the last resort known colloquially as Spoons.
Normal Period of Residence
n. NPR (not that one) mostly concerns undergraduates, but does affect
masters students too; this surrounds the university terms by a few days to a
week at each end, and is when undergraduates are guaranteed access to their
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Old
adj. In Cambridge, this can mean anything. In Emma alone we have Old Court
(17th century), the Old JCR (see JCR) and the Old Library. Perhaps
importantly, while the Old JCR is still a JCR, the Old Library is most definitely
not a library.
Paddock
n. The large grassy bit in the middle of College, home to the duck pond, tennis
courts (in summer) and croquet lawn. There are also some squash courts near
the back of the College - these can be booked in the Porters’ Lodge. Racquets
live in the MCR.
Parker’s Piece
n. The large patch of grass right next to Emmanuel features an ice rink in
winter and fairs in summer.
Pidge
colloquial n. See Pigeonhole.
Pigeonhole
n. This is where your post will arrive to if you are in college accommodation
(even if you aren’t, college is a handy place to have parcels delivered as
someone is always in!). The pigeonholes are in a room along the front wall of
college, in the far left corner when you enter college from the main entrance. A
slip will be put in your pigeonhole when you receive a parcel which you take to
the Plodge to collect, unless it’s from Amazon.
Plodge
colloquial n. Abbreviation for Porters’ Lodge. See Porter.
Pool
1.
n. A brief excursion into the Fellows’ Garden will reveal one of the
oldest (and quite probably the coldest) open air swimming pools in Europe.
We’re allowed to use it between 6:30am to 9am and 2pm to 7pm in the
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2.
n. There are pool tables in the bar, and in the MCR. The MCR table is
free to play.
Porter
n. At the front of the College is the Porters’ Lodge (a.k.a. the Plodge). See
Porters.
Reflection Room
There is a multi-faith reflection room that is open to anyone for quiet prayer
and contemplation, located in Emmanuel House.
Ryder & Amies
n. A shop in town and official university outfitter where you can buy your gown,
hire hoods for graduation and also acquire a range of college and university
stash.
Spoons
n. Wetherspoons is a pub chain. The Regal opposite Emma is one of their
largest sites. The food is quite cheap and there’s a disturbing number of
drinkers at 11am, but nighttime is where the real magic happens. Like the
Superman Banana, it must be witnessed to be understood, and isn’t worth the
pain.
Stash
plural n. (singular Stash). Items of clothing that identify you as a member of a
society. Etymology unknown. College stash is great. Sports stash is
acceptable (hoodies and coats , lycra one pieces , ties ). Look out for news of
MCR stash you can buy!
Sunday trading
n. International students beware: large stores may only open for 6 hours on a
Sunday. This means the big Sainsbury’s and Tesco close at 5pm on Sundays,
and the Asda at 4pm. Little Sainsbury’s closes at 11pm, though.

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Supervising
v. As a postgraduate, it is usually possible to become a supervisor (what some
other universities call tutors) for undergraduate supervisions. This means
(often) weekly discussions with a small number of students — commonly
groups of two or three — on their work; typically work will take the form of
problem sheets in science subjects and essays in humanities. A training
course has to be taken before you can start supervising. Talk to your
supervisor or faculty for further details. Also, during exam time, College will
require invigilators to supervise some exams (enquire at the Tutorial Office if
you are interested in doing this).
Taxi
n. Learn 01223 715 715 by heart. In an emergency situation Panther Cabs
have an arrangement with the college where they will charge the journey to
your college bill.
Other companies include Camcab (+44(0)1223 704 704) and Camtax cabs
(+44(0)1223 242424). There are also two main taxi ranks in the centre;
Drummer Street (near the bus station and Emmanuel College) and on St
Andrew’s Street (near Lion Yard and Christ’s College). And Uber are due to
set up in Cambridge very shortly.
Term
n. Term refers to the periods of 8 weeks of teaching that undergrads and those
on taught courses receive. There are officially three terms per year:
Michaelmas (running from October to December), Lent (January to March)
and Easter (April to June). Graduate students operate on the basis of the
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academic year which extends beyond the end of the Easter Term. The
Academic year commences on 1st October and finishes on 30th September
each year. Research students are expected also to be in attendance and
actively working on their research between terms, except during periods of
holiday agreed with their supervisor, not normally exceeding 8 weeks in a 12month period.
Unlike in many colleges, the MCR Committee continues to run events outside
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Tutor
n. An academic who handles pastoral issues at a college. Not the same thing
as a supervisor.
Tutorial Office
n. The office is at the bottom of B staircase, Front Court. This is where you can
collect a number of college forms, e.g. proof of address, and sort out pretty
much anything to do with your studies. The Office is run by the College
Registrar (-college-registrar@emma.cam.ac.uk). It isn’t always clear who in
College is in charge of what, but the College Registrar should be able to help.
University Card
n. You’ll need this card to eat in College (see FREEPOS). Swipe it at the till
and everything is charged to your college bill. You’ll also need your card to
open various college side doors, access bike-sheds and most importantly
enter the MCR. It also opens the keys to the kingdom, allowing access to the
wonderful realms of the University and College libraries, the university gym
(once you become a member) and probably any department that you’re
affiliated with. And don’t forget to use it for a student discount in local stores
including Savinos, a café right outside of Emma, and for entry to clubs on
graduate nights (and undergraduate, if you’re brave — see nightlife). Should
your University card get lost or stolen, please contact Marion Dorkings, the
Senior Tutor’s Secretary and College representative for University cards (1st
Floor, B staircase or tutorial-office@emma.cam.ac.uk). It is well worth a visit to
the porters lodge to check if your lost card has been handed in. They will also
be able to cancel the lost card and supply you with a temporary card to get
you in and out of college while you wait for your new card.
University Challenge
n. Quiz programme on BBC television. A few years ago the Emma team
reached a very exciting semi final.
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