University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is a collegiate research university in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Founded in 1209[9] and granted a royal charter by Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the world's third oldest surviving university and one of its most prestigious, currently ranked, along with Stanford University, third best in the world by QS World University Rankings.[10]

University of Cambridge
Latin: Universitas Cantabrigiensis
Other name
The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge
MottoLatin: Hinc lucem et pocula sacra
Motto in English
Literal: From here, light and sacred draughts. Non literal: From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge.
TypePublic research university
Establishedc.1209; 813 years ago (1209)
Academic affiliations
Endowment£7.121 billion (including colleges)[3]
Budget£2.308 billion (excluding colleges)[4]
ChancellorThe Lord Sainsbury of Turville
Vice-ChancellorStephen Toope
Academic staff
6,170 (2020)[5]
Administrative staff
3,615 (excluding colleges)[5]
Students24,450 (2020)[6]
Undergraduates12,850 (2020)
Postgraduates11,600 (2020)
CampusUniversity town
288 hectares (710 acres)[7]
Colours  Cambridge Blue[8]
Sporting affiliations
The Sporting Blue

Over its eight century existence, Cambridge alumni and faculty have won 121 Nobel Prizes, the most of any university in the world.[11][12] Among the university's most notable alumni are 11 Fields Medalists, seven Turing Award winners, 47 heads of state, 14 British prime ministers, 194 Olympic medal-winning athletes,[13] and some of world history's most transformational and iconic figures across disciplines, including Francis Bacon, Lord Byron, Oliver Cromwell, Charles Darwin, Rajiv Gandhi, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, John Milton, Vladimir Nabokov, Isaac Newton, Alan Turing, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and others.

The University of Cambridge's 13th-century founding was largely inspired by an association of scholars then who fled the University of Oxford for Cambridge following the suspendium clericorium ("hanging of the scholars") in a dispute with local townspeople.[14][15] The two ancient English universities, though sometimes described as rivals, share many common features and are often jointly referred to as Oxbridge.

The university was founded from a variety of institutions, including 31 semi-autonomous constituent colleges and over 150 academic departments, faculties, and other institutions organised into six schools. All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, controlling their own membership and maintaining their own internal structure and activities. All students are members of a college. The university does not have a main campus, and its colleges, and central facilities are scattered throughout the city. Undergraduate teaching at Cambridge centres on weekly small group supervisions in the colleges in groups of typically one to four students. This intensive method of teaching is widely considered the "jewel in the crown" of an Oxbridge undergraduate education.[16][17][18][19][20] In addition, lectures, seminars, laboratory work, and occasionally further supervisions are provided by the central university faculties and departments, and postgraduate teaching is also predominantly provided centrally. Degrees, however, are conferred by the university, not the colleges.

By both endowment size and material consolidated assets, Cambridge is the wealthiest university in Europe and among the wealthiest in the world.[21][22] In the fiscal year ending 31 July 2019, the central university, excluding colleges, had a total income of £2.192 billion, of which £592.4 million was from research grants and contracts.[4] At the end of the same financial year, the central university and colleges together possessed a combined endowment of over £7.1 billion and overall consolidated net assets, excluding immaterial historical assets, of over £12.5 billion.[23]

Cambridge University Press & Assessment combines Cambridge University Press, the world's oldest university press, with one of the world's leading examining bodies; their publications reach in excesss of eight million learners globally each year and some fifty million learners, teachers, and researchers monthly.[24] The university operates eight cultural and scientific museums, including the Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Cambridge's 116 libraries hold a total of around 16 million books, around nine million of which are in Cambridge University Library, a legal deposit library. The university is home to, but independent of, the Cambridge Union, the world's oldest debating society. The university is closely linked to the development of the high technology business cluster known as Silicon Fen, Europe's largest technology cluster.[25] The university is also the central member of Cambridge University Health Partners, an academic health science centre based around the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which is Europe's largest medical and science centre.

Share this article:

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article University of Cambridge, and is written by contributors. Text is available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 International License; additional terms may apply. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.