Just as importantly, our students’ talents are visible beyond their studies – in more than 700 student societies, world class sport, debating, music and in everything else that makes the city come alive during term. Cambridge students come from all over the UK and the world, and from a huge range of backgrounds
Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) CUSU represents the interests of all University students and provides a range of central services and support beyond that provided by the Colleges. Run by six elected full-time student officers, CUSU: • campaigns on issues affecting students and their interests • supports student-run societies • runs the professionally staffed Student Advice Service, and offers training and provisions for student welfare across Colleges • supports diversity and access groups’ campaigns • manages the ‘Ask a Student’ facility on the CUSU website (see p150) • maintains the Alternative Prospectus website Every College also has its own students’ union, to which undergraduates are elected to represent students at a College level. So, if you want to have a say in student affairs, consider running for election! Further information www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/ prospective/ Alternative Prospectus website
Individually tailored teaching, unrivalled facilities for learning and the world’s leading academics are what make Cambridge simply the best university in the world at which to be an undergraduate.
– all you need is an ability to think for yourself. While you study, CUSU is here to ensure that the student experience is as fulfilling as possible, campaigning in your interests, offering you relevant professional services and providing welfare support. Students are always welcome to pop into the CUSU offices for a chat with the Sabbatical Officer Team, and to get involved with our thriving volunteer-led part-time Executive.
Student societies University is about trying things you’ve never had the chance to do before. At Cambridge, you can do almost anything at almost any level, from ‘having a go’ to semi-professional, and your extra-curricular activities may even provide a springboard for subsequent careers. Politics Cambridge’s 50 political clubs and societies allow students to debate local, national and international political issues. You could also get involved in CUSU or your College students’ union, or go along to the Union Society’s debates, where celebrities from the media and politics, such as David Willetts, Russell Brand, Shami Chakrabarti and Robert Downey Jr, regularly speak alongside students. Other politics societies include: • Education Activist Network • Cambridge Libertarians • TEDxCambridgeUniversity Charities Cambridge students are very active in numerous community projects, campaigns and charity work, both locally and worldwide.
All the very best to you from the CUSU Team. Helen Hoogewerf McComb CUSU President
Cambridge RAG raises more than £160,000 annually for charities in all manner of ways, such as Jailbreak, when sponsored students have 36 hours to get as far as possible without spending anything. Former jailbreakers have reached Australia, New York, Hong Kong, Sweden and Morocco. Other community and charity groups include: • Amnesty International • Mental Wealth Group • Student Community Action Media If you’d like to try your hand at journalism, there are three regular term-time student newspapers (Varsity, The Cambridge Student and, online, The Tab) and a variety of other publications to get involved in. In addition, there are groups for film-making and photography, such as CU-TV and the University’s award-winning radio station, Cam FM, which is professionally managed and presented by University members and offers training in many aspects of radio. Other media societies include: • CineCam • Advertising and Marketing Society • Photographic Society