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About Wolfson

A place for education, learning and research since 1965

Wolfson combines the traditions of a Cambridge University College with a dynamic and outward-facing view. Within our stimulating learning and teaching environment our students and academics aim high and accomplish much.

Founded in 1965 as University College specifically for postgraduate students, our College was located in a home on the west side of Cambridge with just a dozen rooms and a long, narrow garden that ran from Selwyn Gardens to Barton Road. Since that time we have welcomed mature undergraduate students and are now the academic and physical home to more than 800 students, with over 400 accommodation rooms, a conference centre, performance venue, library and lovingly tended gardens spread over a ten-acre site.

Like our students, our Fellowship spans many disciplines. Our President is a chemist, as was our Vice-President, our Senior Tutor is a Russian expert, our Bursar is lawyer and one of our Porters has a PhD in medieval history earned at this very College. We have 13 Tutors devoted to the pastoral care of our students, including two Tutors for our sizeable part-time student population, and Directors of Studies to guide students through their specific discipline.

Our Fellowship includes professors, researchers, authors, medics, scientists and more, from across the humanities and sciences. We provide one-on-one mentorship for nearly 200 PhD students. Our Junior Research Fellows share their cutting-edge work with us at seminars, lectures and our popular annual Wolfson Research Event.

We are inclusive and diverse, and our student body is drawn from nearly 90 different countries. And because we are a mature and postgraduate College, our students come from interesting and often non-traditional backgrounds, with varied experiences in both academia and the professions. Our student association (WCSA) is actively engaged with College life and governance, sitting on committees, organising events and even helping to refurbish our interiors.

Through our Tutorial Office, we provide support to our students who have earned a place at Cambridge with the means to take it up, giving nearly £800k in bursaries and other financial assistance in 2017-2018.

We have dozens of academic visitors staying with us at any given time, as well as a large membership that includes alumni, academics and those from the worlds of commerce, law, scientific research, medicine and the humanities. Our Fine Arts Committee arranges contemporary art exhibitions year-round, and our music society holds concerts during term times, many featuring student musicians from the Wolfson College Music Society.

Take a look around this website to find out more about us, follow us on social media, or better yet – come and visit, enjoy a lecture or a concert, dine with us and learn about studying here as a Cambridge University postgraduate or undergraduate.

What's on

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Garden Tour with Head Gardener Phil Stigwood

25/07/2019 at 10.30

Phil Stigwood will be leading a tour of the gardens for all staff and students — but aimed particularly for new staff.  

Barton House Garden by Fiona Gilsenan

National Garden Scheme Open Garden

31/08/2019 at 13.00

Head Gardener Phil invites visitors to enjoy the garden as part of the National Garden Scheme Open Days.

Alumni reunion 2018

2019 Alumni Reunion & Dinner

21/09/2019 at 11.00

A great weekend to visit Wolfson and reconnect with your fellow Alumni! This year, we will be celebrating the following matriculation years: 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.

Saumarez Smith

The Transformation of the Museum

16/10/2019 at 18.00

This lecture will examine the long-term changes in the ways that museums have been designed, managed and built in the post-war period, with special reference to the speaker's experience of working in three national museums.

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