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UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS

Girton College UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE


“Girton has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that is an essential ingredient in making all new students feel welcome and at ease.”

Welcome to Girton Founded in 1869, Girton College was the first residential college offering university-level education for women. This established us as an institution whose pioneering commitment to equality and diversity changed the educational world. This commitment remains unchanged. Today we are a mixed college, admitting roughly equal numbers of male and female students. We offer places in almost all University courses and approximately half of our students read the sciences and half the arts and social sciences. We attract applicants from a wide variety of educational backgrounds from every region of the UK, and from over 30 other countries. This fosters a friendly, lively and inclusive atmosphere for which the College is well known, and makes our students’ experience of studying here so special. However, Girton’s community is wider than the undergraduate body. Operating on two sites in Cambridge (the original site in Girton and our later development at Wolfson Court), it also comprises academics (Fellows), graduate students and our dedicated professional staff. Cambridge is a collegiate university and Girton is one of 29 colleges that admit undergraduate students. The strength of the collegiate system is that your college provides you with personal academic guidance and pastoral support, while you access all the University has to offer. The University will organise and deliver the framework for your course; being part of Girton will enable you to make the most of this, and adds breadth as well as depth to your education.We hope you will consider applying to join us.

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Your Home College is your home, as well as the centre of your academic life. We provide the stimulating and supportive environment you need to realise your full potential. To enable you to enjoy higher education and focus on your studies, Girton provides accommodation for a minimum of three years in single study bedrooms. First-years are automatically allocated a room in the main building – which might date from as long ago as 1872, or as recently as 2013! Second- and thirdyears have the choice of rooms at the Girton or Wolfson Court sites, or in a College-owned house. You can eat in the College cafeterias, or rustle up a meal in the student kitchens. Wherever your room is, you have access to everything the College has to offer; the library, bar, common room, indoor swimming pool, gym, squash courts, various artworks, College museum, or even something more mundane like the laundry. Life at Girton benefits enormously from both stunning buildings and spacious grounds. Students are free to use and enjoy our woodland, orchard, gardens, lawns and sports fields, illustrating our open and informal atmosphere. Being at home in Girton is about much more than enjoying the accommodation and facilities. As one of the larger Cambridge colleges we have a strong, vibrant community where it is easy to find plenty of like-minded people.There is a wide variety of sports and societies on offer, as well as the opportunity to participate in our rich and diverse musical life.

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Personal Academic Guidance

Girton prides itself on the quality of its teaching and the academic guidance available to its students. Starting with the transition between school and university, we help you develop the skills required for independent study. To enable you to make the most of the flexibility that characterises the Cambridge courses, you will be assigned a Director of Studies (DoS). Your DoS will be an expert in your subject area

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who will meet with you regularly, and will look after your academic welfare while you are at Girton. The foundation of college teaching is the ‘supervision’. Led by a specialist, these are essentially one-hour academic conversations in small groups. Your supervisor will set and mark your work and guide your reading. You will focus on a particular topic each week, when you can discuss and clarify aspects

of your work in an informal way.  As you are not formally assessed on this work, these active sessions allow you to explore new ideas within the group. This gives you a wonderful opportunity to personalise your learning. To allow you to benefit from the best available teaching in your subject area your supervisor may be your DoS, another Girton Fellow or from another college.

Alongside supervisions, your academic support from college will include developing your presentation and study skills, and may also involve seminars (larger interactive groups) and one-off talks.

“Although I was nervous at first, supervisions quickly became one of the most stimulating and exciting parts of my course.”

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Other Academic Resources

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Always a hub of academic life, Girton has one of the largest and most comprehensive college libraries, holding approximately 95,000 books and with access to a wide range of journals. Maintained by knowledgeable and responsive staff, the library provides a wonderful environment in which to study and learn. The 1930s building, with its awe-inspiring vaulted timber ceiling, was

recently complemented by a multi-award winning extension.This created a spacious IT resource area and a new repository to house the College’s considerable archive. At Wolfson Court, two library reading rooms offer extensive study facilities to all members of College. These rooms are linked by study galleries and an IT room.

Cambridge University is rich in its library resources.  As members of the University, Girton students have access to the University Library, their Faculty or Departmental Library, and the College Library.

desktop. Students can access these from anywhere in the world.  In Girton Library’s IT resource area they have the added bonus of professional advice from information specialists whenever needed.

In addition, a huge collection of electronic books, journals and other resources are available direct to the

Girton also has its own museum, the Lawrence Room. This is an outstanding resource for teaching and research.

The collection brings together a wide range of artefacts and antiquities from our rare Roman portrait mummy, Hermione, to Anglo-Saxon pieces found in the College grounds.

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A day in the life of a Modern Linguist 9.00am

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Time to get up. I have some cereal, get ready, and head out. Fortunately it’s a sunny day so biking into town is a pleasure!

German Literature lecture. I know that I’m going to have to write an essay on this author next week, so I scribble notes frantically. Afterwards I return some books to the Faculty Library.

I decide to spend some time in the Language Centre to try to improve my listening skills. I start off by watching last night’s French news and end up spending a sneaky 15 minutes watching a cheesy French game show on satellite TV.

Meet for lunch with a Girton friend studying law at the café in the bottom of the Law Faculty, then sit and read the paper until it’s time for my next class.

Translation class in the Faculty; we get back last week’s work and go through it as a class, talking about any tricky bits.  Afterwards I cycle home via Sainsburys, catch up with friends on my corridor and do some reading for a seminar class next week.

Our supervisor, an expert on my subject, goes through the essays we handed in yesterday. As there are just two students, there’s plenty of time to discuss things we didn’t understand and to choose our topics for the next supervision on this paper.

Nip to the College Library to pick up some books for my next essay, check my emails and then go down to dinner with friends.

Head into town to meet some friends from other colleges and watch this evening’s debate at the Cambridge Union. When I get back to College I go down to the bar for a game of pool.

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Pastoral Support The College provides pastoral support to its students in a variety of ways.  All students have a personal tutor to whom you can talk about any problem. Tutors can offer confidential help and advice in different areas such as personal, financial, or general academic issues. They are all Girton Fellows but your tutor will not be working in your subject area. In addition, there are a number of other members of College who are always available to chat to you on any matter. These include your Director of Studies, the Chaplain, the JCR Welfare Officers or the Tutorial Office staff. Counselling services are also easily accessible. The College nurses are ready to provide a sympathetic ear as well as being there to help and advise in the case of illness or accident. The Porters’ Lodge is open 24 hours a day during term time, so someone is always on hand to help. There is also a College Parents Scheme, where current students volunteer to look after incoming undergraduates, showing them round and answering any questions they may have. Services are held regularly in the Chapel which is interdenominational and there is a thriving Chapel community in Girton. The Chaplain is very involved in College life and frequently holds informal social events.

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A day in the life of a Biological Scientist 7.30am

Morning Lectures

Get up and go to the I have two lectures today, cafeteria for breakfast before each of which lasts an hour. cycling into town. They are held in the centre of town, usually on either the Downing Site or New Museums Site. Students from all colleges attend.

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Between Lectures

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Prepare for my later supervision. There are many different libraries in town, associated with the departments, which provide a quiet place to work. Catch up on my emails.

Wolfson Court is close to town and has great food in its popular canteen, so I meet friends there for lunch. Eating in College is cheap, but sometimes we use one of the many cafĂŠs in town or take lunch with us.

Biology of Cells practical. It is a long session (4 hours) – but the demonstrators are really helpful in interpreting our results. I find these sessions very useful as they reinforce the knowledge presented in lectures and my technical skills are improving.

Cycle back to college for a supervision. We discuss our work (a problem sheet this week) with each other and our College supervisor. This is a fantastic opportunity to speak to an expert about my ideas and any aspects of the course I am finding difficult.

Dinner in the cafeteria is always a great chance to get together and catch up with my friends taking other subjects. It is a nice evening, so we take our trays out to the picnic table by the duck pond.

Work in the College library on the essay I have to hand in tomorrow. I like to work in a quiet space away from my room. Afterwards, I relax playing Xbox in the JCR.

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Eating in College

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Meals are important social events in the college community. The Girton and Wolfson Court sites each have an excellent cafeteria.There is a wide choice of food including vegetarian options, hot and cold meals, a salad bar, sandwiches and delicious puddings and cakes.The chefs can also accommodate a variety of dietary requirements.

Many students choose to have lunch at Wolfson Court during the working week, as it is close to the main University teaching sites. We have arrangements with some other colleges so if you are in town at lunch time this is another option.

meals of the week. Evening meals are always a focal point of the day; you can rely on good food and good company. You might arrange to meet friends in advance or just wander down on a whim.

The cafeterias provide three meals a day from Monday to Friday, and lunch on Saturday. The brunch and roast dinner on Sunday are among the most popular

During term time there is a formal served dinner in the College hall most Thursday nights, for which students can purchase tickets. You can also entertain

friends from other colleges, invite your family and celebrate birthdays or other special occasions. Every corridor has a communal kitchen and cooking together is something students enjoy, especially on a Saturday evening.

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Wolfson Court

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Wolfson Court is conveniently situated between Girton and the town centre, so you may find some of your supervisions take place here. It is an easy walk to the University Library and the Sidgwick Site (where most arts lectures are held) and only a short cycle ride to the Downing Site for scientists.The Centre for Mathematical Sciences is next door and the West Cambridge Site is a short walk away along a footpath.

Wolfson Court’s facilities are available to all members of the College and are widely used at all times. Along with accommodation for undergraduate and graduate students, the buildings at Wolfson Court include a very popular cafeteria, library reading rooms, a computer room, TV room, newspaper lounge and bar. The series of courtyards also provide attractive spots to work, eat and relax.

Getting Around

In common with other Cambridge students, most Girtonians get around on their bikes. There is a cycle lane on the main road to town, and a pleasant cycle route leading directly to the University departments on the West Cambridge site. The Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics and some Engineering buildings are here, as well as the Veterinary School. If you prefer not to cycle there is a good bus service to the city centre, or you may

choose to walk. For an evening out with friends, it is cost-effective to share a taxi. The amount of time you will spend in College will depend very much upon your subject and your outside interests. With the city centre only a 15 minute cycle away, Girton students participate fully in University life and are usually better at arriving to lectures on time than those from more central colleges!

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The JCR The JCR (Junior Combination Room) refers to three separate entities: the common room, the undergraduate body and a committee of elected student representatives (the JCR committee). The common room is your space; a place to chill out, watch films, play games and read. The JCR committee represents students’ views on College committees, influencing all aspects of College life. Any undergraduate can stand for election; everyone can vote. Whether you are interested in sport, social events, student welfare, equality and diversity, or the environment, there is a role suitable for anyone who wants to help to make Girton a better place.

(SAFE) is just one of our students’ charitable activities. Societies include many subject-based groups which offer the chance to hear great speakers and also socialise with students from other colleges with similar interests. Running the societies gives a great opportunity to develop organisational and leadership skills, in addition to having fun. All of the outdoor space in Girton is available for students to enjoy casually at any time, so they can walk, jog, throw a Frisbee or just sit on the grass.

The JCR helps decide the allocation of funds to College clubs and societies as well as providing a democratic forum for comment and debate. The committee organises various activities and events such as rounders matches, themed formal dinners, self-defence classes and women’s discussion groups. There is also a fund for independent student initiatives. College societies are an important and integral part of College life, changing from year to year as students set up groups to explore their own extra-curricular interests. Examples include the Girton Amateur Dramatics Society (GADS) many members of which take part in university productions at the renowned ADC theatre. There is a thriving Poetry Society, for those who wish to write or just listen. The Girton Sub-Saharan African Fund for Education 22

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“People you meet in college feel themselves to be a valuable part of Girton’s community of students and staff. In one of Cambridge’s larger colleges, this gives everyone a sense of belonging” GIRTON COLLEGE

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Sport at Girton

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One of the great advantages of living at Girton is the wide range of on-site sports facilities. These include hockey, football, rugby and cricket pitches and tennis, squash, basketball and volleyball courts. A new gym (2013) and changing rooms are adjacent to the refurbished indoor heated swimming pool, which is a unique feature to Girton. No other

college has anything to match this sports and fitness suite. Sports clubs cater for all abilities, and students who have never regarded themselves as sporting types often participate just for fun. For those who wish to compete seriously there are inter-college league and cup competitions and Girton fields men’s and

women’s teams in most sports, including football, rugby, hockey, cricket and tennis. Other examples include swimming, table tennis, squash, darts, water polo, badminton and croquet teams. Rowing is very popular in Cambridge and many Girtonians take the chance to try it during their time here. We share a boathouse on the River Cam and usually

have several men’s and women’s eights rowing in the Lent and Easter Bumps (rowing races). There is also a vast number of University sports clubs which are open to members of all colleges, so there are opportunities to participate in a wide variety of sports at all levels, from beginner to representing the University.

“Girton is the only college to have all of its sports facilities on site.There is no effort needed to go for a half hour swim or game of squash.”

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Getting Around In common with other Cambridge students most Girton students use their bikes as a means of getting around; it takes about 15 minutes to cycle into town. Most students cycle directly into town along the Huntingdon Road, but there is also a pleasant cycle route across the University Farm leading directly to

Music at Girton

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the University departments which are expanding toward Girton on the west side of Cambridge. There is also a good regular local bus service to the city centre. The amount of time you will spend in College during the day and in the evening will depend very much upon your subject and your outside interests. Many Girton

Whether you think of music as an academic subject or as an enjoyable extra-curricular activity, Girton offers a distinctive, lively, and diverse musical life. We are keen to foster all sorts of music-making, and we offer prospective musicians a uniquely supportive environment.

students take advantage of the convenience of our sporting facilities to relax or have some exercise; in the evenings they can be found socialising with friends on corridors or in the bar, in town making the most of what Cambridge offers, or getting on with supervision work!

Impromptu events, such as jazz evenings, are very popular. There are also weekly recitals for instrumentalists and vocalists; these events are open to the public, and they give a great opportunity to hone performance skills. Girton’s staff includes several internationally renowned musicians. A unique feature of the College is their willingness to engage regularly with students (whether

studying Music or not). They often coach ensembles and join them in performances – invaluable experience as well as a lot of fun! Much musicmaking is based around the prizewinning Chapel Choir, which is made up of a mixture of Choral Scholars and volunteers; it gives members the opportunity to tour the UK and abroad, and to make recordings. There

are also termly orchestral concerts, as well as lighter events such as the annual pantomime.

Girton site and at Wolfson Court, and interested students have access to four grand pianos (including a particularly fine Steinway), a superb Misina doublePerformance is encouraged by offering manual harpsichord (regularly used in University and College Instrumental concerts and recordings), and a much Awards, Choral Scholarships and Organ admired four-manual, mechanicalScholarships. We also have some of the action Swiss organ. All Music students best music facilities in the University: have a piano in their room. there are practice rooms at the GIRTON COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

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Girton’s pioneering spirit is based on pursuing academic excellence while striving for equality and diversity, and this continues to be our guiding principle. Our determination to offer every student – whoever they are, whatever their background – the chance to excel, remains at the heart of our admissions policy. We welcome applications from anyone who enjoys a challenge and who meets our admissions requirements. If you have any questions we will be happy to advise you.

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