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Clare College MCR

Freshers’ Guide 2012-2013

WHAT’S INSIDE MCR President’s Welcome........................................................... 3 Meet Your MCR Committee......................................................... 5 Your First Few Days...................................................................... 8 What to Bring/What Not to Bring................................................ 9 Getting to Cambridge and Clare................................................... 10 On Your First Day.......................................................................... 13 Freshers’ Week Schedule............................................................. 14 Clare A to Z.................................................................................. 15 Map of Clare College................................................................... 34 Map of Cambridge....................................................................... 35 Page 2

Photo credit: David Ponting, Moos Peeters


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MCR President’s Welcome Dear Freshers, Welcome to Clare College and congratulations on being accepted at Cambridge and Clare! Upon your arrival you will automatically be a member of the MCR - Middle Common Room - which is the graduate community within Clare and the room that from now on you can call your own. Our MCR is located on the south side of Old Court and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with your University Card. It’s a modest-sized room with couches, tables, a TV and some recent newspapers and magazines, plus a small kitchen mostly used for tea and coffee. The MCR also is the proud owner of a punt (flatbottom boats that typify Cambridge photos), which MCR members can use free of charge. The MCR is run by the MCR committee, which will organise (social) events and happenings throughout the year. A key-event in the social calendar of the MCR is the Friday Formal Dinner, occurring weekly throughout term time. Every Friday you are invited to join a very affordable three-course dinner in our formal hall, in your best outfit and gown, preceded and concluded with drinks in the MCR. In Cambridge, our MCR bar (kitchen converted to a bar) is known for its wide selection of whisky but also serves beer, ales, soft drinks and cocktails. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday there are after-lunch coffee & tea gatherings in the MCR, where you can unwind from a morning of hard work and catch up with your fellow Clareites. Other events include Bops (Cambridge term for a party), movie nights, garden parties, research fora, formal swaps with other Oxbridge colleges and barbeques. And it doesn’t end there; we have yearly events like pumpkin carving, Céilidh-themed formals (a Gaelic dance night), Christmas formals and the extravagant, ever-so-exciting May Ball. The MCR committee strives to offer a wide range of events to cater for everyone. We do very much encourage people to get involved, so if you like to get involved in organizing events, or want to organize something that’s not out there yet, please do not hesitate to contact our Social Secretaries and they will be very happy to help you out! On that note, Clare College and Cambridge University have a lot of active societies, ranging from sports to music to cultural and beyond, so make sure to check out both the society fairs during freshers’ week and get involved! Besides the social life, the college is also there to provide you with academic, health & welfare, and housing support. We have regular Graduate Research Fora, where you can present your research to a broad audience in an informal setting. The MCR also hosts a Supervisors’ dinner, which provides you with an opportunity to bring your supervisor to a special formal dinner. The MCR committee has two graduate student welfare officers, and the college has two graduate tutors, a nurse and a chaplain, who you can contact for any issues during your time here. You can find the contact information in this booklet or on our website (http://mcr.clare.cam.ac.uk/) or the college website (http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/). We as your MCR committee are very much looking forward to your arrival, and we will try to make Page 3


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your year as unforgettable as possible. We kick-start this with Freshers’ Week; a week were you can meet your fellow Clareites and discover all that Clare College and Cambridge have to offer. We have put together an exciting program – see page 14 for a complete overview. The information session on Sunday is mandatory; you will be presented with important information regarding your College and MCR membership. We hope to see you at the other events too, as this will be the start of your time at Clare and a very good moment to meet everyone and find out what you want to do during your time here. As you flip through this booklet, you will meet your MCR Committee, you will find the Freshers’ Week events schedule, and you will (hopefully) learn everything you ever wanted to know about Clare, the MCR and Cambridge as a whole. If you have any questions or concerns – now, as well as throughout the year – please do not hesitate to contact me at mp616@cam.ac.uk.

Sincerely,

Moos Peeters Clare College MCR President 2012-2013

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Meet Your MCR Committee CRSids (in brackets) become email addresses if followed by @cam.ac.uk (e.g. mp6161@cam.ac.uk). President: Moos Peeters (mp616) Hi! I am Moos, 2nd year PhD student and your new MCR President. When I’m not investigating someone else’s brain, I’m busy rowing, baking and socializing. I can be found at Clare more often than not. I’m as Dutch as they come, so count on some bluntness and directness from me; it’s not personal, it’s just Dutch. Looking forward to seeing you all around the MCR this year! Vice President: John Miller (jm797) Born and raised in the fine state of Ohio, U.S.A, I am currently taking a short break from my life upon the sea to parade about Cambridge as a scholar. This year, I will be completing a second MPhil in Economic and Social History while throwing epic parties, travelling around the world, and ensuring that Clare College Basketball continues its dominance. Secretary: Kirsty Macleod (kjm54) Hello! I’m Kirsty MacLeod, and as the name suggests, I hail from north of the border, on the west coast of Scotland. But, I was born in South Africa, where I now conduct my PhD fieldwork, on meerkats! When I’m not crunching numbers in Cambridge (or in the Kalahari) I like writing, hanging out with college buddies, and watching movies. I’m in South Africa until January, but look forward to meeting you all then! Junior Treasurer: Marc Etherington (mke23) Hi all. I’ll be in charge of the MCR accounts this year making sure the rest of the committee don’t buy diamond encrusted champagne glasses or other such frivolities with your membership fees. I am entering my 2nd year of my PhD with the Optoelectronics group over in Physics. When I am not in the lab playing around with lasers and liquid helium you’ll find me sampling the MCR whisky, on the river with CBC or pretending to be Bradley Wiggins on my bike. Social Secretaries: Edward Legg (ewl24) Hi everyone! Alongside Tess, my role is to make sure that you have plenty of fun and exciting events and activities to go along to. I study the cognitive abilities of birds and children and when I’m not feeding worms to birds or apples to children I enjoy spending my time walking, baking and chilling out with other people from the MCR. I look forward to getting to know you all! Tess Somervell (tess2): Hey everyone! I’ll be one of your social secretaries this year, so most of my time will be spent making sure you don’t work too hard. The rest of the time I’ll probably be working myself (for my PhD on eighteenth-century poetry), blowing my food-budget on shoes, or riding horses.

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Meet Your MCR Committee Bar Managers: Chrysoula Litina (cl519) Hi everyone!! Along with my amazing colleague, Jo Kerr, I will be charge of quenching your thirst; in other words running the infamous MCR bar. During office hours I can be found in the Engineering department trying to develop self-healing cement (pretty high tech..). When I’m not busy getting covered with cement, I try to explore the various delights that Cam has to offer. Jo Kerr (jk537) I’m a second year PhD student studying Paleoclimate and Paleoceanograpy with the Department of Earth Science. Along with Chrysa, I’ll be making sure that you never get thirsty with endless supplies of whisky and cocktails in the MCR bar. I’m also the Green Officer this year so feel free to come and chat with me with any ideas that you have for making the college more environmentally friendly. Look forward to meeting you all!! Exchange Officer: Alex Hampton (ajbh2) I’m originally from Toronto via Oxford and Norcal. I’ll be working to bring you awesome exchange events over the coming academic year here, both here in Cam and in Oxford. I also work in the Chapel as the Decani scholar, and I’m on the Fitzwilliam Museum Society exec. I am reading Philosophical Theology, writing a dissertation on German Romantic aesthetics and spirituality. Graduate Research Forum Officer: Gauthier Groussett (gmg27) As the GRF Officer, I’ll be the academic alibi of this Committee. Born and bred in the South of France, I already hold a PhD in Classics, and work on Greek History (mainly on Herodotus) and Greek ceramics. As most of the “boaties”, I spend way too much spare time on the river. Accommodations Officer: Teale Phelps Bondaroff (tnp23) I am completing my PhD in Politics and International Studies this year, my work examines the strategy of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. I am a proud Canadian and when I am not saving whales, planting gardens, or looking after accommodations issues, I am terrorizing players on the ice with the Cambridge University Ice Hockey Team. Admirals of the Punts: Harriet Boswell (hcb36) Hello! Originally from Cambridge, I am a Biophysics PhD student specialising in dentine hypersensitivity. I spend much of my free time playing golf or partaking in music activities. William and I are responsible for maintaining the MCR punts. We hope you enjoy using them and please contact us if you have any punt related problems. William Denman (wd239) Hailing from the wind drifts of Canadia et la belle province du Quebec. This young lad spends his days working on a PhD in Computer Science (pronounced Comp-ski in cambspeak). Previously, as the St-Regis representative, put on academic probation for threatening eviction to noisy neighbours. Quite possibly has gone mad as co-Admiral Of The Punts. Last seen punting through Jesus lock in a sinking punt, wearing a Napoleon Bicorne and muttering to himself “Do the chickens have large talons?” Page 6


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Meet Your MCR Committee LGBT Officer: Raymond Carlson (rc536) Raised in the small Minnesotan town of Edina, home to the world’s first indoor shopping mall, I’m in my second year at Cambridge, this time pursuing an MPhil in Art History. (Last year I received an MPhil in Italian.) Besides organizing LGBT events in Clare, my favourite activities include jogging, milling around the Fitzwilliam, and gorging on chocolate Hobnobs. Welfare Officers: Lin Taylor (lt348) Hi there! Alongside Jeremy, I’ll be here to help you with any welfare issues you have this year. When I’m not getting to grips with the delights of plant development and pollination biology, I like finding obscure songs to play on my uke, or sampling the ales in any of Cambridge’s many watering holes. Jeremy Solly Hi everyone! Along with Lin, I’m responsible for making sure you all have access to information and resources relating to your health and happiness this year. I try to avoid being in my lab watching plants grow (!) by hanging out in Cambridge’s lovely pubs, as well as trying to improve my singing in one of the many choirs. 4th Year Officer (and honorary secretary): Rachel Wijsmuller (rsw40) “Then I saw those rocks, now I’m a Geologist...!” adapting silly lyrics aside, I’m completing an integrated masters in balancing work and play. I have a minor role on the committee but I encourage you to get involved with anything and everything, and will be very happy to help you out with questions about the Clare May Ball, college sports, and the Clare Boat Club. St. Regis Officer: Stephanie Ferguson (slaferguson@gmail.com) Originally from Canada, I join my partner Teale in Cambridge as he completes his PhD. I divide my time between my role as Volunteer and Events Organiser for Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Growing Spaces Project Coordinator for Transition Cambridge. I’m pleased to join the MCR committee this year as St. Regis Rep and am keen to help students and partners get the most of their St. Regis and Cambridge experience with our community garden, free box and exciting social events. Computing Officer: Andy Howlettt (aph36) I’m a Chemistry PhD student but came here through Computer Science and Biology. I’m responsible for the MCR website (and technically also the MCR computer room). Feel free to ask about computer-related issues and problems of any kind - I will try my best to help out. Mature Students Officer: Alison McDougall-Weil (afm35) I’m currently writing up my PhD (in the Engineering Design Centre), after having worked as an architect in my previous professional life. I got my undergrad degree from Oxford, in English Literature. So I have ‘crossed the floor’. I cheer for both sides in the Boat Race. I am half American and half Scottish, and recently got married to someone I met here in Cambridge. I am involved with GreenBRIDGE, the Clare Dilettante Society, the HPS Department, and any and things anthropological. During my first year at Clare, I was incredibly surprised and charmed by the warm welcome for mature students. I hope I can think of a few events which are suitably delightful - any ideas, email me! Page 7


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Your First Few Days... Moving to Cambridge can seem quite overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. Our job is to make it a fun, easy and welcoming experience for you. The next few pages in this guide will explain nearly everything you need to know about moving in, getting oriented, and getting settled. Throughout your time on the Cam, it will also serve as a quick reference for contacts and a first step in figuring out who can answer any questions and how to get a hold of them. Before you leave your native land, it’s always good to make sure you know where you’re going. Check out Getting to Cambridge/Clare (p.10) for different ways of getting yourself and your belongings here. It’s also worth glancing at What to bring/What not to bring (p.9) so you can maximize your packing space and don’t forget to read about What to do on your first day (p.13). Fresher’s week is packed with welcome events. Be sure to look at the schedule so you don’t miss out on meeting new friends, exploring Cambridge, and experiencing the best of what Clare has to offer. The week provides an opportunity for us, the returning members of the MCR, to welcome you to our graduate community. The Fresher ’s schedule is also online. Be sure to also read up on things like Buying a gown and Attending Formal Halls. Finally, we’ve taken the liberty of offering some helpful hints on settling in at Cambridge, so to find out more on buying mobile phones, setting up a bank account, accommodation, medical needs, buying bikes, or fitness, turn to the Clare A to Z Guide (p.15). You’ll also find our glossary of British slang and phrases to incorporate into your vocabulary. Again, we hope you find the information in this guide helpful, and don’t hesitate to contact any of the committee members if you have any questions or concerns.

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What to Bring and What Not to Bring If you’re coming from outside of the UK, you’ll be able to find everything you need in Cambridge (such as bedding, stationery, organizer boxes, etc.), but keep in mind that Cambridge is an expensive place to live, and you’re limited in what you’ll be able to carry on a plane, so pack wisely. Do bring...  Electrical adapters/transformers for things like small electrical appliances and things with rechargeable batteries (computers, especially).  Lots of warm clothing for layering. The Cambridge climate is fairly temperate, but also unpredictable. Weather proof and waterproof items are also essential. Winters are chilly, but buildings are warm. Bring sensible shoes for the uneven cobblestoned streets.  Smart clothing for formals and other occasions. One can never have too many dressy outfits as a graduate student at Cambridge; there are several black-tie occasions to attend year-round but you can hire dinner suits easily. A business/lounge suit, smart shirt and tie and black shoes are pre-requisites for men, and of course the equivalent for ladies.  Any special medical prescriptions, supplies, etc. Keep in mind that even though the UK will have similar over-the-counter products at most major pharmacies, dosages will be different and brand names will be different from North America, Europe, Asia or Africa. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) provides treatment free of charge to all comers, including all overseas nationalities, both in terms of seeing a doctor or visiting a hospital. There is a small charge of around £7 for prescription medication. Don’t bother bringing...  Fussy electrical appliances that would require a voltage conversion (curling/straightening irons, hairdryers). Chances are you will hurt yourself or cause a minor explosion and or power outage in your flat. A wide variety of affordable and good-quality ones can be found in supermarkets and other stores.  All your academic books. Between the University Library, various faculty libraries, and the college libraries, you should be able to find everything you need for your academic needs here. Other things to consider... � If you plan to partake in athletic activities, you may wish to bring your sporting equipment. Gear for specific sports in the UK is limited and often expensive. � If you have food that you can’t live without, you may wish to bring along a supply to feed your cravings.

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Getting to Cambridge and Clare From the Airports The closest airport to Cambridge is Stansted Airport, with Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports all also relatively close. There are several options for getting to and from each of these airports, as outlined below. From Stansted Airport Option 1: Train Trains run directly from Stansted to Cambridge every hour, take approximately 35 minutes and cost from £10.50. For more information, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.nationalexpress.co.uk. • Journey Time: 35 minutes • Total cost: £10.50, excluding taxi fare Option 2: Coach There is a direct coach service from Stansted to Cambridge. This takes 50 minutes and costs from £9.20. The coaches run throughout the night and so are useful for late night/early morning flights. Coaches drop you off at Parkers Piece. For more information, visit www.nationalexpress.co.uk. • Journey Time: 50 minutes • Total cost: £9.20, excluding taxi fare Option 3: Taxi/Driving A taxi from Stansted to Cambridge will cost about £40. • Journey time: 45 minutes • Total cost: £40

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Getting to Cambridge and Clare From Heathrow Airport Option 1: Train Take the Heathrow Express (£16.50 for a 15 minute journey, or Heathrow Connect, which is half the price but takes a little more time) to Paddington station. From there, take the tube (£4) to King’s Cross. From King’s Cross, take the train to Cambridge. There are different trains from London to Cambridge; some are express trains (direct to Cambridge) and some make a few stops, but overall the total journey from King’s Cross to Cambridge should be roughly an hour to an hour and a half, depending on train service (train tickets are £20 without a rail card, about £10 if you have a rail card, which can be bought on the spot if under 25). • Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.nationalexpress.co.uk for more information. • Total journey time: Express- 90 minutes. Non-Express- 2 to 2.5 hours • Estimated total cost: Express- £40.50. Non-express- £32.50, excluding taxi fare Option 1½: Tube/Train Take the Picadilly line from Heathrow all the way to London King’s Cross (£5). From King’s Cross take the train to Cambridge. • Total Journey time: roughly two hours, depending on the tube and whether or not you get a direct train • Estimated Total cost: £25, excluding taxi fare Option 2: Coach There is a direct coach from Heathrow to Cambridge, which costs around £26 and takes around 3 hours. Coaches drop you off at Parkers Piece. For more information, see www.nationalexpress.co.uk • Total Journey time: 3 hours • Total cost: £26, excluding taxi fare Option 3: Taxi/Driving A taxi will cost you about £200. Hassle free, but expensive. From Gatwick Airport Option 1: Train There are no direct trains from Gatwick to Cambridge, but you can certainly hop on a train and transfer a few times. Take the train from Gatwick to King’s Cross, and then from King’s Cross to Cambridge. For more information, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.nationalexpress.co.uk • Journey time: 2.5 hours • Total cost: £28, excluding taxi fare Option 2: Coach There is a direct coach service from Gatwick to Cambridge (drops you off at Parker’s Piece), which takes 4 hours and costs £31.50. You can also mix-and-match your train and coach services: you can take the Gatwick express or normal train from Gatwick to Victoria station, and take the coach from the coach stop to Cambridge. For further information, visit www.nationalexpress.co.uk • Journey time: 4 hours • Cost: £31.50, excluding taxi fare Page 11


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Getting to Cambridge and Clare Option 3: Taxi/Car A taxi service will cost about £160. From the Railway Station to Cambridge City Centre/Clare Cambridge Railway Station is a 20 minute walk or 10 minute cycle from the centre of Cambridge. Alternatively, you can catch a taxi or the Citi1, Citi3 and Citi7 buses from outside the station’s main entrance to the city centre. From the Coach Station (Parkers Piece) to Cambridge City Centre/Clare Parkers Piece is conveniently located in the Centre of Cambridge. From there, you can take a taxi to your accommodation.

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On Your First Day... To make your move-in as smooth and easy as possible, we’ve assembled a short guide on what to do on your first day to ensure that you get the most important things done first without the hassle of going back and forth. 1. P  ick up your Accommodation and Welcome pack from the Porters’ Lodge in Memorial Court. This contains important information like your tenancy agreement (for those living in college accommodation), schedule of events, maps of town, and important contact information. You will also want to check your pigeonhole – college mailbox – for other important welcome information. All pigeonholes for graduate students are located in the Old Court Porters’ Lodge, unless you live in W staircase, then it is located in Memorial Court (for map of Clare, see p. 34) 2. If you don’t have a UK bank account already set up, we advise you to do that straight away so you can get your money sorted. You’ll need a letter from the college saying that you are, in fact, a student at Clare and should be allowed to open a bank account in the UK. Usually, your acceptance letter should work, but you might want to email the Graduate Administrator, Jenny Colling (jc661) to get an authorization letter. Be sure to set up Standing Orders so that your rent payments are taken care of automatically. See p.15 for more information on banking. 3. G  reat, now that you have your bank account is sorted, you can look into buying a mobile phone. Check out p.28. 4. B  eat the rush and grab your gown – for purchase or for hire – so you have it for Matriculation. See p.25. 5. P  urchasing bedding is fairly important for those who plan on sleeping. The main department stores are John Lewis (in the Grand Arcade), Marks and Spencer (Market Square), BHS in the Grafton Centre. Primark (next to the Grafton Centre), has also a (small) home department and will be the cheaper choice. 6. G  rocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores are scattered all through town and you won’t have a problem finding a quick bite in town or sitting down for a hearty meal and a pint at a pub. 7. A  ccess your Cambridge University email account (see p.20) and familiarise yourself with the system. 8. H  ave a walk around the centre of town and find where the major landmarks are located. Cambridge is a small town, but has all sorts of interesting things hidden away down small streets and obscure alleys. 9. M  eet new people – you will have no problem doing this as Fresher’s Week is packed with events from lunches, trivia nights and tours to late-night bar crawls and bops. Be sure to check out the schedule on p.14 and get keen!

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Freshers’ Week Schedule

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Accidents and Emergencies In the event of an emergency and you require the emergency services, dial 999 giving them clear details of your location. For those living in College you should then immediately contact the Porters’ lodge (01223 333200), who can provide first aid and support. The Porters will then ensure that the emergency services get to where they are needed. Do not waste time: act immediately. For any accident or emergency, an accident/incident form will be completed and stored by the Porter, who will also liaise with the Senior Tutor, Duty Tutor, Nurse and Tutors. Accommodation College Accommodation: Clare College provides a certain number of graduate rooms in Clare College buildings (Old Court, Memorial Court, Ashby Court and The Colony), and owns a number of houses and apartments in town (St. Regis (see below), Newnham House and several houses Chesterton Road houses). If you are living in college-owned accommodation, be sure to read all the details of your tenancy agreement, and find out what you need to bring. Bedding is not provided. In almost all cases, all college-owned rooms are furnished and have gyp rooms (small kitchenettes), or communal kitchens for which you need to bring your own crockery and cutlery. If you haven’t received information on your specific room or house and can’t wait until you arrive, contact Maureen Dawson (md291), the rooms coordinator. St Regis St. Regis is one of the primary residents for graduate students. Stephanie, the Regis Representative, will be hosting a number of events throughout the year, which non-Regis residents are also more than welcome to attend! St. Regis residents have planted a local community garden just behind the Chesterton Road building. This garden is for all residents to share and everyone is encouraged help themselves to the fresh herbs in the herb spiral and vegetables when they are in season. If you are interested in getting involved in helping to take care of the garden or have a favourite edible plant you would like to see cultivated, please contact the St. Regis Rep. To stay up to date on all that is happening in and around Regis, join the Facebook Group. Housing Maintenance: If you have a repair that needs doing (lights broken, water leaks, etc.) visit the Clare Maintenance Website and fill out a request form. The maintenance team are very good at meeting requests in a timely fashion. Living out of College: If you decide to live in private accommodation and are searching for a place, private landlords often advertise properties and rooms for rent via the University Accommodation Service, Gumtree (Rooms in existing flat shares/Houses) and SpareRoom. Local letting agents and property management companies have a wealth of properties on their books (easily searched on Rightmove and Zoopla). This route, however, often entails application fees. Also, if a household is solely occupied by full-time students, it will be exempt from Council Tax. In households where one or more inhabitants are not students, a 25% discount may be available. Council Tax exemption. letters are available from the Graduate Administrator, Jenny Colling (jc661), and these should be sent to the City Council Revenue Department.

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to mention a prerequisite for monthly phone contracts). With your UK account, you can get your hands on a “chip-and-pin” bank card – a hassle-free method of payment – and make direct payments to college (e.g., accommodation, your termly bill, etc.). To get your account, you’ll need a letter from college stating that you are in fact a Cambridge student. Just email Jenny Colling (jc661) with your request and pick up the form before heading to the bank. Alternatively, ask for the letter in advance, print it at home, and bring it with you in advance. (You will also need a passport and proof of your official address.) Deciding which bank to choose is a relatively arbitrary decision since the fees are limited, but they each have their caveats. Keep in mind things like fees associated with a bankcard, hours of branches and online banking capabilities. The common names in Cambridge are Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC and NatWest. For the Americans: If you’re paid in USD or plan on moving a good deal of money over from your US account, it helps to know which banks refund ATM charges. As of Fall 2011, Bank of America offered free cash withdrawals at Barclays ATMs and Charles Schwab offered refunds for all ATM charges. Banks will surely have similar offers, but this foresight can save you a significant amount of money. Bank Lloyds Natwest

Required Documents Passport w/Visa + Proof of Address (Non-OECD) Passport + Proof of UK Address (Non-OECD)+College Letter Addressed to Natwest Santander Passport+Student ID+College Letter HSBC Passport+Bill/Statement from Old Address+College Letter Barclays Passport+College Letter+Old Bank Statement College Letters should include: proof of address, course name, and duration of course.

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Bars Each Cambridge college has its own bar, some even have two: one for the undergraduates (JCR), and one for the graduates (MCR). Clare’s JCR Bar, The Cellars, is one of the most popular college bars in all of Cambridge, and our MCR Bar also boasts the best whisky selection in town. The Cellars are open on special event nights and most Friday nights; the MCR Bar will always be open after graduate formals on Friday nights. During the week, it is best to explore on your own. Part of the Cambridge experience is trying out both good and bad pubs throughout the town. Each offers a different atmosphere and quality.

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Book Grants Clare will subsidise a portion of purchases spent on books related to your research. You can claim back £40 per academic year on purchases between £50-75, and £55 per academic year on purchases over £75. Be sure to fill out a Book Grant form (which can be obtained from the bursar’s office, and is usually circulated via email), keep track of your expenses, and save your receipts. Of note: The submission period is finite, lasting one week. It is usually due in early May. The grant is subtracted from your college bill expenses for the term. Book swap The MCR has a shelve with (used) novels, and you are very welcome to read them in the MCR or to swap one for one of your own you’re happy to donate. Buttery The Buttery is the college canteen (cafeteria), located in Old Court. It is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week during term time. The food is inexpensive for Clare students (anywhere from 20p to £1 per serving) and even less expensive if you’ve paid the Kitchen Fixed Charge (KFC). During term time, the buttery (located downstairs) has mostly hot-n-hearty cafeteria-style food and a sandwich bar, but upstairs (in the Great Hall) you can make yourself quite a nice meal at the self-service salad buffet. You can eat your food in the buttery and the Great Hall (lunch only), or bring your tray into the MCR.

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Charity The MCR does not currently have any formal connections to any specific charities. However, the MCR committee is willing to support individuals who are interested in generating awareness, fundraising, or recruiting participants for community service activities. Support of said activities is subject to MCR Committee approval and Clare College approval. If you have any questions, please contact John Miller (jm797). Clare Chapel & Choir Clare, like most of the colleges at Cambridge, has its own chapel, which was endowed by Lady de Clare to be part of college life. The role of the Chapel is to care for the spiritual and emotional welfare of college members. Whether you are a believer, unsure, curious, or thoroughly unconvinced, the Chapel is an open space for quiet contemplation, and the Dean, Gregory Seach (who runs the Chapel), is always available to talk, regardless of your background. The beautiful light-filled building you see today dates from 1769, and is likely the third that the college has had. The Chapel is Church of England (also referred to as Anglican or Episcopalian). However, you do not need to identify with any denomination to take part in the services, and all baptised Christians are invited to take the Eucharist. Students, their guest and members of the public are welcome to participate in Chapel services. Services: Evensong takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening. There is also Sunday morning Eucharist, and twice-daily prayer. Candlelit Compline services are offered twice per-term. See the Chapel termcard or website for times, and further information. Tuesday MCR Evensong & Formal: This year the Chapel invites members of the Clare and Clare Hall MCRs in particular to Tuesday night Evensong, after which we will attend formal in the Hall. For more information on these evenings, contact the Decani Scholar, Alex Hampton (ajbh2).

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Reading and speaker series: This year the Chapel will continue to sponsor a reading and speaker series, examining the interrelation of theology, philosophy and literature. This year’s series is entitled ‘Responding to Private Immanence: Constructive Idioms for a Post-Secular Spirituality. Further information may be found on the Chapel webpage. Choir and Music: Be sure you hear our remarkable mixed-voice College Choir perform. In addition to its Chapel duties, it keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing throughout the United Kingdom and the world. The widely acknowledged Choir is one of the best in Cambridge, and has recently returned from a tour of Australia. Contact: If you have any questions about the Chapel, services, or general questions feel free to contact the Dean, Gregory Seach (gjs32), or the Decani Scholar, Alex Hampton (ajbh2). College Bills Bills are issued by the College Bursary (Room F2, Old Court) at the start of each term and will be emailed to your Hermes Cambridge email account or delivered to your pigeon hole (a named box for your post/mail in the Porters’ Lodge). Bills can be paid via cheque or by making a payment to the Clare College Bursar’s Account (bank details will always be shown on the bill). Always make sure to quote the reference number provided on the bill. Any queries should initially be taken to the Senior Accounts Clerk, Mrs Linda Challinor (lmb30). If problems cannot be solved in this way, then you should contact your Graduate Tutor (Dr Maciej Dunajski or Dr Sian Lazar). You may then be referred to the Financial Tutor (Dr Jacqueline Tasioulas(jt257)).

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College Nurse Clare has a part-time College Nurse, Helen James who is based in O4, Memorial Court. She is available to assist with a wide range of health and welfare needs, ranging from help and advice with minor illnesses and injuries to support for all manner of worries and personal or emotional issues. If more specialised help or treatment is required, the College Nurse will help refer you or point you in the right direction whether via your GP, the University Counselling Service or other local service. Any information given is treated in strict medical confidence and will not be divulged to anyone without your consent. ‘Drop-in’ clinics are held every weekday during Full Term: Monday: 8.30-12.30 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.30-12.30 Thursday: 12.00-14.00 During Term but outside Full Term these hours change to 09.30-11.30, and there are no clinics outside of term. Usually no appointment is necessary. However, in the first two weeks of Michaelmas Term, there is an appointment system for registration of new students, especially important for those unfamiliar with the National Health Service. To make an appointment, you will find available times posted on the door at O4. Please see the Health & Welfare section on the Clare College website at www.clare.cam. ac.uk/Health-and-Welfare/ for more comprehensive information, and see below for the most important information Disability Resource Centre The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) exists to provide a confidential, professional, and accessible service to support the needs of disabled students and College staff. The DRC supports individuals with any disability, medical matter or injury, including those with: For more information please visit their website at www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/disability General Medical Care General medical care is provided by the National Health Service (NHS), and all students must register with a Cambridge General Practitioner promptly on arrival. For more information on local GP surgeries and what to do out of hours: www.clare.cam.ac.uk/GP-Surgeries/ University Counselling Service (UCS) The Student Counselling Service is available to all undergraduate students in residence and graduate students on the register. For more information please visit their website at www. counselling.cam.ac.uk. As well as one to one counselling the UCS offers groups & workshops on a variety of different issues. They also produce some excellent Self-help leaflets on common problems such as Anxiety, Coping with Exams, Work-block & Insomnia. University Dental Service The Cambridge University Dental Service provides dental treatment exclusively for the University staff and their dependants; and for undergraduate and post-graduate students of the University. For more information please visit their website at www.dental.cam.ac.uk. Page 19


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Computing Internet Connections: Individual connections to the University network and the internet are provided at St Regis flats 1-32, St Regis House, 108 Chesterton Road and 34-37 Newnham Road. For connection, you should contact the IT Department (itsupport@clare.cam.ac.uk). The college’s connection instructions can be found here. This service will be billed to your college bill. At all other properties the Internet can be accessed by using the phone line in conjunction with a broadband modem – the tenant must arrange this with a service provider of their choice. Wireless Internet: The University’s wireless network, Lapwing, can be accessed from most buildings. Your raven username and password are required for connection. There is also a newer cousin, called Eduroam. As its name suggests, it is intended to allow roaming between educational institutions across the UK (and the world! Participating institutions). See this site for information on the credentials you’ll need and how to set up your computer. Once set up and working, eduroam is generally less hassle (it connects automatically and tends to stay connected more reliably.) Communal Computers: There are plentiful PWF (Public Workstation Facility) computers located throughout colleges and departments, all with a wide variety of basic and specialised software packages installed. All main PWF rooms also have laser printing facilities. In Clare, PWF computers are located in various places around Old Court, Memorial Court and the Colony (see here for exact locations). All students are given accounts when they join the university and you should receive instructions as to how to collect your account details when you arrive. Printing: Clare’s PWF printers are part of the pre-pay common balance scheme run by the university. To print you must have topped up your eCredit in advance (Start -> Programs -> Utilities -> Credit) using a debit or credit card. It is also possible to print from your own computer if you are a registered PWF user. More information on printing can be found here. Further information on University Computing Services can be found on this webpage.

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Dean Gregory Seach is the Dean of Clare Chapel. He conducts services in Chapel, and has a pastoral role among the members of College. He is an Anglican priest, and as a Fellow of Clare, is Director-of-Studies in Theology and Religious Studies. Greg was born in Sydney, Australia, where he also studied for his first degree in English Literature. He has taught English, History and Drama. He was a member of the MCR here at Clare whilst reading for his PhD. He is always happy to discuss pastoral issues with any student, regardless of background. He can be contacted by email (gjs32) or phone 01223 333240.

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Email Hermes webmail is the university’s email system and can be accessed from university sites and remotely. You will be allocated an email address by your respective faculty, in the form spq32@ cam.ac.uk. The “spq32” is your CRSid. Once you have logged in for the first time, you can change your password by going to the ‘manage’ tab and selecting ‘change password’. Events The Social secretaries, Tess and Ed, will put events on year round. If you want to get involved in organizing, please do let them know! You’ll be able to find all the MCR social events throughout Page 20


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the year, on the MCR Google Calendar. To view the calendar, browse to the Clare MCR website or to the Google Calendar directly. Exchanges There is a long tradition of dinner exchanges, or swaps, at Oxbridge. These are two-part affairs, where we visit another college for dinner, and they visit us. We also will participate in two exchanges with our sister colleges at Oxford, Oriel and St. Hugh’s. Exchanges are a great way to meet people at other colleges, and deepen your appreciation for the collegiate system. This year we are trying to be a little different. Participants will be asked to sign up for both legs of the swap. This means that you will both visit another college, and host the visiting college when they come to Clare. During the Clare leg, this means seating will be assigned in Hall, alternating Clare-guest. This is a way to avoid ending up being seated only with people from your own college, and also means our guest do not have to participate in the dash for seats that sometimes proceeds hall. It also lets service staff know who gets the port! Exchanges are advertised by email, and sign up will be via the MCR webpage event booker on a first-come basis. We will do our best to choose a neutral booking time. Exchanges are billed directly to your account by the college. The Exchange Officer is Alex Hampton (ajbh2).

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Fitness If you’re looking to stay in shape in Cambridge outside of playing college or club sports, you have a handful of local and student-friendly options. The “student gym” is located close to Parkers Piece, tucked in a little residential neighbourhood just off Gresham Road. It’s called Fenner’s Fitness, and is very inexpensive – a student membership should be around £40 for the entire year. Fenner’s doesn’t offer much in terms of variety of classes and equipment, but if you’re content with lifting weights, erging, or running on treadmills, it’s definitely a steal.

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Besides Fenner’s, there is a gym in the University Centre - Blue Fitness. Very centrally located and with new equipment, it is a popular gym with at times a waiting list. If you are interested in joining make sure you sign up early in term! If you’re the aquatic type, the Parkside Pool, right on Parker’s Piece, is the main fitness pool. If you register early, student memberships are £7 for the whole year, and you only pay per swim, which is about £2.60 (or you can buy packages, like 12-for-10 swims, or monthly unlimited passes, etc.). It can be crowded in the mornings and afternoons, so be sure to pick up a daily timetable so you know when more lanes are opened for fitness (as opposed to being for school clubs, individual lessons, etc.).

Formal Halls Also known simply as ‘Formals’, these are served, sit-down, three-course meals served in the Great Hall, which come with a bit of pomp and ceremony, but plenty of wine and good cheer too. They are generally served Monday – Friday during Full Term. Friday is reserved for the MCR, and features special MCR rates. (Other days are open to the whole college community and are booked via the UPAY system. To attain a log-in to book mid-week formals, you must contact Andrew Finch (atf21@cam.ac.uk) to get your login id and follow these instructions). Years ago, all scholars, students and staff dined together every night. Today, all Formal Halls are completely optional, but they are a central part of the Cambridge experience and represent the heart of the college community. Traditions, architecture, food quality and architecture vary wildly between colleges and it is highly recommended that you attend as many as you can. Booking for Formals opens on Sunday evenings or Monday morning (for the coming Friday), and Page 22


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takes place online through the online booking system (you’ll need your Raven ID and password). Clare’s Formals are very reasonably priced (2011-2012 MCR formal costs were £7.50 for Clare students and £3.75 for guests), which will show up on your College Bill at the end of term. Dress is formal (suits and ties for men, dresses or skirts or formal trousers for the ladies), and gowns are encouraged (most people at Clare wear theirs). ‘Formal Swaps’ are Formal Hall dinners at other Cambridge colleges. They are organized in advance by our Formal Swap Officer, who is allocated a certain number of tickets (usually 10-15) from the other college. Formal Swaps are a great way to see other colleges, try different food, and meet new people. There are only a few per term, so be sure to have your quick trigger finger ready for online booking. Additionally, if you have a friend at another college, ask him or her to take you along one evening. There is also a thriving Formal Hall Circuit frequented by college and university clubs and societies, especially the College Boat Clubs. Freshers’ Fair A two day exhibition where every University student society is represented and you can wander around, meet representatives and sign up for exciting new things. Pretty much any sport you can think of is represented here, from Rugby to Karate to Windsurfing and everything in between. You’ll also find a wide variety of musical, literary, political, debating, religious, culinary, nationbased (for that little taste of home!) societies. We highly recommend you take an hour or two to see what’s on offer, as there really is something for everyone and it’s a fantastic opportunity to try something new (and in some cases truly bizarre) or develop a long-standing hobby or interest. The MCR Committee will be leading groups to the Fair at prearranged times. Free Box These boxes are currently available in the laundry room at St. Regis and in the MCR. The Free Box is a place to leave items when you no longer need them and a place to find things which you might need. Please only place good quality, clean items which are in good working order into the boxes (no used socks, broken electronics, archaic technology). We collect a good number of useful household items from outgoing students (clean sheets, dishes, pots and pans etc), so if you need things for your new flat check out the Free Box before buying something new. During Fresher’s Week a table will be set up at St. Regis where the Accommodations Officer and St. Regis Representative will be helping distribute items to incoming students. If you arrive before this time and would like items please look through the boxes or contact the St. Regis Representative or Accommodations Officer to arrange a time to come by and see the items. Unwanted items are donated to local charity shops. Items from the Free Box are of course free; however during Fresher’s Week we will be accepting small donations for a local charity as part of the MCR’s charity program. Funding Clare offers numerous funding opportunities for graduate students, which serve to lower your expenses, whether academic or personal. Hardship Funds are available in the case that a student is ‘unable to meet the reasonable (in the College’s view) costs of accommodation, maintenance, study, and living expenses, whilst having drawn fully on all normally available resources, and not having incurred any foreseeable unreasonable expenditure’. If you wish to be considered for a College hardship grant, you should ask the Assistant Graduate Tutor to write to the Financial Tutor in support of the application and complete a blue application form (available in the Tutorial Office) setting out your financial Page 23


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position and showing all sources of income and other resources (e.g. loans, savings from vacation work, legacies, scholarships etc). Take the completed form to the Financial Tutor (D5 Old Court) at an advertised Tutorial time. The Financial Tutor may ask to see documentary evidence, such as bank statements or bills, in support of your case. Awards are for six-month periods (OctoberMarch; April-September); the corresponding closing dates are 1st December and 1st March, but time must be allowed for the Graduate Tutor and Financial Tutor to complete their verifications. Research Expenses Fund are offered for graduate students who need assistance for travel related to research. £400 is available over a three-year period to help PhD students attend conferences and fund travel related to their research. Students working towards a one-year MPhil are eligible to receive up to £150. Application forms are available from the Graduate Tutor, Jenny Colling (jc661) in the Tutorial Office. A letter from your supervisor is required. (Note: the student’s Department is expected to match or exceed the funding granted by the college. If this is not possible, the supervisor should explain why. A student is also expected to have sought money from their grantgiving body.) Other funds available from Clare: Alma Royalton Kisch Fund: Support of Theology and certain aspects of Archaeology and Anthropology, especially for the promotion of inter-faith understanding. Contact the Dean for more information. Chibnall Fund: Research in Biochemistry; submission via Graduate Tutor. This is usually advertised towards the end of the Michaelmas Term each year. Gordon Dickson Fund: Contributions to cost of representing Cambridge University in sporting matches against Oxford or at the BUSF Games (or the Olympics!); see the Financial Tutor. T S Skillman Scholarship Fund: Support for Physics Research Students whose normal funding is unable to meet reasonable costs; see the Financial Tutor. Eric Lane Fund: Support in Humanities and Social Sciences, for the advancement of peace and social harmony; consult Mr. Colin Turpin. A G D West Fund: Support of Engineering (and some Physics) Research Students whose normal funding is unable to meet reasonable costs; see the Financial Tutor.

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Gowns Gowns are an archaic Cambridge tradition. Back in the day, students had to wear them whenever they left their college room, attended lectures, sat exams, and generally did anything other than shower. Now, gowns are generally only used formal occasions: Matriculation, Formal Halls (recommended at Clare), Graduation, and when voting for a new University Chancellor. You are required to have a gown only twice in your degree – once when you Matriculate and once when you Graduate. Some people choose not to buy one, and instead choose to borrow or hire one for special occasions. If you do buy one then you can also wear it to formal dinners and some other one-off events. Gowns cost about £100 new, or around £50 second hand. Whether or not you buy one is up to you. There are various different types appropriate to whatever previous degrees you hold, and is important that you wear the correct gown (see below). Continuing Cambridge undergraduates – the graduate gown is different from the undergraduate gown. You can’t just use your existing one. However gowns are much less necessary as a graduate. Cambridge’s clothier shops where you can buy gowns (both used and new) are Ryder and Amies (right in the market square), A.E. Clothier (on Pembroke Street), and for the truly luxurious, Ede and Ravenscroft (on Trumpington Street). However, a better option may be to buy it through the Graduate Union or check out the Clare College MCR gown exchange. Degree status BA (undergrad/bachelor) degree from Cambridge MA (masters/mphil) degree from Cambridge Degree (BA or MA) from elsewhere and aged 23 or under Degree (BA or MA) from elsewhere and aged 24 or over

Appropriate gown BA gown MA gown BA Gown with strings tucked in MA Gown with strings tucked in

Graduate Administrator Clare College has a graduate tutor, Jenny Colling (jc661), whose sole purpose is to look after you from the time you arrive until you graduate. She is based in Old Court and works 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. You will have received emails from her during the application process and she is a direct link to the Graduate Tutors. If you require any administrative letters such as Council Tax Exemption, Bank letters, etc. please see the Clare Tutorial Page or please feel free to pop into the Tutorial Office. If you are an international student, Jenny will deal with all your visa requirements. Graduate Union (GU) The Cambridge Graduate Union, or GU, is an independent student union especially for graduates. You automatically become a member of the GU once you register as a graduate student in Cambridge and membership is free. The GU committee represents graduates at various committees, offers support, guidance and information to all students and organises various social events throughout the year. The Graduate Union building is located in the centre of Cambridge at 17 Mill Lane. To access the main entrance, enter the site from Silver Street, opposite Mr. Polito’s Barbershop. You can also enter from Mill Lane, opposite the Board of Graduate Studies. You will need to email Dave Homeyard (dmh41) to have your University card enabled for access. Facilities available in the GU include the GU bar, ‘Cambridge Blue’ café and a comfortable lounge room with free WiFi. There are also rooms available for booking by students. Additionally, the GU shop provides services such as printing, scanning, laminating and gown hire at discounted prices. See www.gradunion.cam. ac.uk for more information.

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Health and Safety Health and safety concerns can be directed to the College Nurse, Helen James (hlj30), who is located in the Health and Welfare Centre in Room O4 (Memorial Court), or our Welfare Officers, Jeremy Solly or Lin Taylor– see College Nurse on p.19 or Welfare on p.33)

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Important Contacts Name Patricia Fara Maciej Dunajski Roel Sterckx Sian Lazar Helen James Jenny Colling Gregory Seach Jackie Searle Maureen Dawson

Role Senior Tutor Graduate Tutor Graduate Tutor Graduate Tutor College Nurse Graduate Administrator Dean Head Housekeeping Rooms Coordinator

Email pf10006@cam.ac.uk m.dunajski@damtp.cam.ac.uk rs10009@cam.ac.uk sl360@cam.ac.uk college-nurse@clare.cam.ac.uk jc661@cam.ac.uk dean@clare.cam.ac.uk housekeeper@clare.cam.ac.uk md291@cam.ac.uk

International Students As you will soon discover, Cambridge has an extremely diverse student body, especially at the graduate level. Come to our session for international students on Monday 1.30pm in the MCR to have all your burning questions answered or just to have a chat with other internationals. On University level there are countless international student groups to join, and you’ll be able to locate them at the Fresher’s Fair during welcome week, or have a browse online at the Cambridge University Student Union’s (CUSU’s) directory of societies: http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/societies/ directory The Cambridge International Office is also in charge of handling things such as exchanges and also provides advice and guidance for new international students. See www.admin.cam.ac.uk/ offices/international for more information. Keen on improving your English? Check out http:// www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/index.html

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Kitchen Fixed Charge (KFC) The KFC is a one-off, fixed-rate fee you pay if you want even cheaper meals at the buttery. It costs about £100 per term, so it is recommended that you pay the KFC only if you think you will be eating at the buttery for every meal.

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Libraries Clare College’s library is the Forbes Mellon Library (with the unfortunate acronym of FML), which is the octagonal building in Memorial Court. All Clare students have studying and borrowing privileges at the FML. The college library is convenient because it is open very late, but keep in mind that it can be very crowded during term time because it is used heavily by undergrads. The University Library (UL) is the main library for all university students, and is located behind Memorial Court. Department libraries will have most of what you need for your subject, and you are automatically entitled to use your own faculty’s library with all of its borrowing privileges (and possibly late-night graduate privileges as well). As a graduate student, you are also allowed to borrow from faculty libraries outside of your own, but you will have to register at each one. If you’re lucky, at some point you may be allowed to visit Clare’s Fellows’ Library, which is stocked Page 26


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with hundreds of rare books, first editions, and even a copy of Newton’s Principia. Useful links: Newton Library Catalogue http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/newton/ Online catalogue for all university libraries. Heritage Library Catalogue http://fml-online.clare.cam.ac.uk/ Online Forbes Mellon Library (Clare) Catalogue. Library Search (beta) http://search.lib.cam.ac.uk/ Comprehensive, key-word/ subject-area based search of all library catalogues. University Library Website http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/ For searching theses, electronic resources and general information.

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Maintenance If you have a repair that needs doing (lights broken, water leaks, etc.), visit the Maintenance Website and fill out a request form. The maintenance team is very good at meeting requests in a timely fashion. With old buildings, maintenance requires constant attention. It is in your interest and the interest of future Clareites to remedy even the smallest issue in your flat. College Master Professor Tony Badger is the college Master, the elected leader of the College Council and the most senior academic Fellow of the college (some other colleges call the equivalent position ‘President’ or ‘Warden’). In addition to being the University’s Paul Mellon Professor of American History, he oversees all of Clare’s academic, administrative and financial concerns. May Week Confusingly taking place in the month of June, May Week marks the formal end of the academic year with week-long festivities including May Balls (all-night, black-tie affairs complete with bigtent entertainment, all-you-can-consume food and alcohol, bumper cars, and more), garden parties, and “June Events” (giant parties). Clare holds a ball each year, for which the theme is revealed in Lent term at a launch party (a party to pre-empt an even bigger party). Tickets go on sale early Lent term and are usually between £100 to £150. If you are keen to go to the May Ball, you should definitely have your trigger finger ready as soon as tickets go on sale.

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Mobile Phones If you’re bringing a phone from outside of the UK and plan to use it in Cambridge, make sure that it is triband, “unlocked” from your home network, and that you can swap out the SIM card. The cheapest option is a pay-as-you-go SIM card from any of the major carriers (Orange, vodaphone, 3, O2, T-Mobile, etc), especially if you’re here for only a year or less. If you plan on buying a phone, there are a plethora of options ranging from your basic brick (which costs next to nothing) to the highest end smart phone, all of which are available as a pay-as-you-go option (you pay money for the hardware, and top up your credit as you need), or month-to-month payments. Blackberry plans are also very reasonable in the UK. iPhone addicts will have a bit more trouble as plans (and the phone) can be quite pricey, unless you already have an unlocked iPhone, in which case you can buy SIM-only plans, which offer lots of deals like unlimited text messaging or inclusive data bundles. If you are staying for more than a year, consider buying a monthly contract plan, which will probably save you money and hassle. Keep in mind, though, that in order to sign a contract plan, you may need to provide evidence of your residence, payment of bills, and a UK debit card. Cambridge has just about every phone shop and company imaginable in the centre of town, but a good one-stop place to compare phone plans and phone prices of all varieties would be Phones 4U or the Carphone Warehouse. Be aware that the 3 Network has poor service in college and on the Newnham Road site. Some major carriers: www.orange.co.uk, www.o2.co.uk, www.tmobile.co.uk, www.three.co.uk, www.vodaphone.co.uk, www.carphonewarehouse.com, www.phones4u.co.uk

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Porters The Porters are the most visible members of a college’s non-academic staff, responsible for security and safety in college. As well as keeping unscrupulous characters out, this also involves making sure students don’t go where they are not allowed, and don’t disturb the peace at 3am. They are often the most knowledgeable people in college, and are an excellent first port of call for almost any eventuality. However, it is also the responsibility of students to ensure that gates, doors and windows are locked. Porters are your first point-of-call if you’re on site and have any questions or concerns - whether it’s asking for simple directions, asking for permission for room availability, or even emergencies. Don’t be alarmed if the porters who man the gates ask you for your college ID card once in a while; it takes a few times before they recognize you and know you’re a student at Clare. If you’re in trouble, and no-one else can help - and if you can find them (try the Porters’ Lodge)-, maybe you can ask... The Porters. Punting Punting is the quintessential Cambridge pastime. Punts are flat-bottomed boats that you push along the river with a long pole. As a member of the Clare MCR, you are welcome to book our MCR punt(s) for free using the online booker on the MCR website. Our two punts are named MCArk and Silence of the Cam (currently being overhauled). If you decide to punt on a (sunny) weekend, make sure you have a skilled punter to navigate you through the heavy tourist traffic. Get your first punting experience in Freshers’ Week and sign up for one of our punting tours! If you have any questions regarding punts or punt maintenance, contact our Admirals of the Punts, Harriet Boswell (hcb36) or William Denman (wd239). If you can’t get hold of one of the MCR punts and are desperate to get out on the river, the main Page 28


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punting company is Scudamore’s, which can be found at a few locations (near the Mill Pond and by Magdalene College). Granta Punts and Cambridge Chauffeur Punts are nearby. All offer guided and self-guided punt tours, as well as student discounts.

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Ski Clare Join us on the annual Ski and Snowboard Trip -- this year we’re heading to Tignes (in France) on the 4th -12th of January, perfect for reuniting with your friends after the Christmas break. Come and experience this world famous ski area with a relaxed group of all abilities -- from absolute beginners to budding Olympians. With your transport, accommodation, evening meals and lift pass included, what more could you want?! Take advantage of the student-friendly resort and get to know a great mix of grads and undergrads -- email Clare Watkins (caw66) or Sean True (skt36) or check out www.skiclare.com for more details. Slang Plodge – Porters’ Lodge Loo – toilet, WC, bathroom, restroom (note: British people think you’re going to take a bath if you say you’re going to the bathroom) Cindies – a popular club in Cambridge amongst undergrads, formerly called and still known as Cindies, actually called Club Ballare. It is located in the Grand Arcade. Generally, “ending up at Cindies” is a face-palm occasion. Townie – a derogatory term used by pretentious students to refer to non-student locals. Mathmo – one who studies maths. Natsci – pronounced “nat-ski”. One who studies the natural sciences. Compsci – pronounced “komp-ski”. One who studies the computational sciences. Keen – can be used to express a range of degrees of interest from “mildly curious” to “very excited.” Example: “I’m keen to try bubble and squeak or toad in the hole,” or “Ciara is always keen to go to the MCR.”

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Other Vocabulary: liquid- laundry detergent bird – girl (car) Bonnet – hood (car) Boot – trunk braces – suspenders buck’s fizz – mimosa chemist – pharmacist chips – fries crisps – (potato) chips fag – cigarette flapjack – buttery and oaty granola bar, not pancake football – soccer fringe – bangs (of hair) hamper – for picnics as well as for laundry jelly – jell-o jumper – sweater kit – gear (sports) knickers – panties/underwear/boxers lift – elevator marquee – large open tent mate – friend

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nick – to steal pants – panties/underwear petrol – gas pissed – drunk, wasted pudding – dessert (generic) pull(ing) – making out purse – wallet rubber – eraser rubbish/bin – trash, trash can suspenders – an alluring ladies thigh-high stocking surgery – doctor’s office, clinic stone – a unit of mass, approximately 14 pounds sweet, sweets, sweeties – candy take-away – (ordering food) “to go” torch – flashlight trainers – sneakers, running shoes trousers – pants vac, proper vac, long vac – short for vacation, summer holiday vest – tank top, sleeveless shirt waffle – can also be used to mean “to ramble” (or prevaricate) as well as the food. washing up liquid – dishwashing detergent


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Sports Both Clare College and the University offer a wide range of sports at all levels. Clare has competitive teams for most sports (rowing, basketball, rugby, cricket, football, field hockey, etc.). These teams compete in Cuppers or Bumps (rowing), the intramural championship at the University of Cambridge. In 2011-2012, Clare enjoyed its only Cuppers Championship in basketball. A complete list of Clare sports and societies can be found here. There are also a wide-range of casual and outdoor activities groups such as rock climbing and trekking. If you want to play sports on higher level, consider playing for Cambridge University (“Blues team”). Generally, Blues teams are very competitive and you should contact the captain of the respective sport as soon as possible. All Clare sports will have a stand at the Clare Societies Fair (Sunday, 2.30pm, Formal Hall & Buttery), and all University-wide societies will be on the Fresher’s Fair with information about trials and training (Tuesday and Wednesday, Kelsey Kerridge). For more information on general fitness and activities, see the section on Fitness (p. 21).

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Transportation: (buses, bicycles, cars) Cycling: Cycling is often the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to travel around Cambridge. There are many bicycle racks and routes throughout town. Cyclestreets can be used to plan cycle journeys in the local area. As a rule-of-thumb you might want to spend £150-200 on a brand new, or £60-£100 on a second-second hand bicycle. Whilst a vast number of shops sell bicycles at the beginning of term, be wary of too-good-to-be-true deals. The following retailers offer students discounts: Howes Cycles, Regent St. (10% off goods); Mike’s Bikes, Mill Road (10% off accessories); Blazing Saddles, Cherry Hinton Road (10% off goods); Wilco Motor Spares, Mill Road (10% off accessories; Townsends Light Blue Cycle centre, 72 Chesterton Street (5% off new bikes, 10% off spares, accessories and clothing, 20% off labour charges). Cycle theft is the most common crime affecting Cambridge students, so don’t spend more than £200 unless you are willing to invest at least 20% of the cost of the bike on locks. Clare has a subsidy scheme to cover the cost of a cycle helmet and bike lights, in order to encourage generally safe cycling all around. They will give £20 towards a helmet and £10 towards lights.

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Train: The railway station in Cambridge is located on Station Road. The Citi1, Citi3 and Citi7 buses travel from the town centre (Drummer St, Bridge St.) to the station. There are frequent services from Cambridge to London King’s Cross or Liverpool Street. Direct trains are also available to: Birmingham, Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Ipswich, King’s Lynn, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newmarket, Nottingham, Norwich, Peterborough and Sheffield. The National Rail Enquiries website can be used to plan and book journeys online, check for journey disruptions and live departure boards. Train tickets can also be bought at the station. If you plan to travel extensively via the train, it is best to purchase a student railcard. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 16 and 25, possess a UK driver’s license or passport, and purchase a passport size/style photo. For £28 per annum, the student railcard saves you 1/3 on most train tickets. You can apply at the nearest staffed station (Cambridge) or online. If a mature student over the age of 26, you must apply within a station. In addition, you must have the college complete a section of the application and bring your student id in order to be eligible. Bus Services: Consult http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/buses for bus timetables and routes. There is also a useful journey planner on the website. The main bus station is located on Drummer St. The Uni4 bus service links University sites in West Cambridge to the city centre and Addenbrooke’s. A discounted fare of 60p per journey is available for University Card holders. The route and timetable are available on http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/em/travel/bus/uni4. shtml. Taxis: There are taxi ranks at the train station, Drummer Street, Parkside, the Railway Station and St. Andrews Street. The ranks operating outside Boots on Sidney Street and on Market Hill run throughout the night. Local taxi companies include Panther (01223 715 715) and CamCab (01223 704 704), both of which you should save to your phone book for those late-nights out on the town. Tutors Clare’s graduate tutors play an important pastoral role, and have several administrative roles (such as visa checks, enrolment issues, matriculation and graduation). The main tutors you should get to know are: Dr. Patricia Fara, Senior Tutor (pf10006). After the Master and the President, she is the most senior academic responsible for running the College, and she oversees all academic and welfare college business. She sits on many University and College committees, and is particularly concerned to make sure that graduate students receive the best possible educational and pastoral support while they are at Cambridge. Drs. Maciej Dunajski (m.dunajski@damtp.cam.ac.uk), Sian Lazar (sl360), and Roel Sterckx (rs10009) are Graduate Tutors and responsible for the graduate community across all areas of

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college life. This includes providing help and advice to individual graduate students on personal and non-academic matters, and assistance for graduates in matters of communication with Faculties, Departments and academic supervisors within Cambridge. The Graduate Tutor may also liaise on behalf of graduate students with a range of external bodies.

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University Centre The University Centre offers a wide range of social facilities for graduate and research students, and is conveniently located in town. The Grad Cafe has commanding views over the city, comfortable chairs and a daily supply of free newspapers. The Dining Hall serves very affordable meals, there is a Pool room, and the Blue Fitness gym can also be found there.

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Welfare The term ‘welfare’ is used to describe the university’s provision for your health and happiness. This includes (but is not limited to) sexual health, mental health and support with personal and academic difficulties. The College Nurse (see separate section) or the MCR welfare officers Jeremy Solly and Lin Taylor are your easiest point of contact for any of these concerns and will be able to point you towards the most appropriate counselling, medical and governing bodies within the university. They are also able to provide free condoms, pregnancy tests and chlamydia screening. Simply email Lin or Jeremy or leave an anonymous note in their pigeon hole in the Old Court Porter’s Lodge and they will leave the requested item there for you to collect. Condoms are also available from the waiting room of the College Nurse’s office O4 in Memorial Court or the Welfare pigeon holes located in each lodge. Any requests for these kinds of things or just a listening ear are of course treated with confidentiality and impartiality. There is also a full-time university Welfare Officer who provides individual student support on any welfare matter. Advice on specific issues can be found at www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/welfare. Lin also represents women’s issues in the MCR and in college. If you have any concerns about women’s rights and the treatment of women within the college, or indeed the university as a whole, do let her know. Worship Cambridge is an incredibly diverse and open university. The initial points of contacts for the different faith groups within Cambridge are: Buddhism: There is an active university Buddhist Society as well as the Cambridge Buddhist Centre at 38 Newmarket Road, behind the Grafton Shopping Centre. Christianity: University Christian Societies include, CICCU (Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union), Student Christian Movement, the CU Chinese Christian Fellowship, MethSoc, CU Christian Orthodox Society, Taize Worship Group, Christian Graduate Society and Christians in Unity Christian Churches in the wider Cambridge community include Great St Mary’s, Christ Church, Eden Baptist Church or Wesley Methodist Church. Hinduism: As well as the University Hindu Cultural Society, the Bharat Bhavan Hindu Shrine is located on Mill Road, just before the railway Bridge. Jainism: The CU Young Jain Society seeks “to share Jain principles in interactive and innovative ways, through events such as quiz nights and debates”. Judism: Contact the Jewish Society or The Chabad House on Castle Street. Islam: The main university society for Muslims is Islamic Society (ISoc). The Sidgwick Site contains an easy to access Muslim prayer room. The Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque is just off Mill Road. Sikhs: Visit the CU Sikh society’s website. Page 33


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Map of Cambridge For the full scrollable map, browse to http://www.cam.ac.uk/map/v4/drawmap. cgi?mp=main;xx=1900;yy=1040

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