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Our College

Wolfson combines the traditions of a Cambridge University College with a dynamic and outward-facing view.

Founded in 1965 as "University College", Wolfson was initially only for postgraduate students, and was located in a single house with just a dozen rooms and a long, narrow garden that ran from Selwyn Gardens to Barton Road. From these humble beginnings, we have since grown to welcome mature undergraduates as well as postgraduates, and we 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, our Senior Tutor is a Russian expert, our Bursar is a 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 96 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 more than £650k in bursaries and other financial assistance in 2022-2023.

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

A dark brown vase with orange symbol on in front of a blurred background of more pottery on shelves.

Art Exhibition: Ceramics in the Bernard Leach Tradition

18/05/2024 at 10.00

A display of works from the Bradshaw-Bubier studio pottery collection.

Cover of "Red Rag" magazine featuring a stylized red and black illustration of a woman with flowing hair, alongside text and a headline about women’s liberation.

Varieties of Togetherness: Some Approaches to Feminist Art History

21/05/2024 at 17.30

How might methods of feminist political organising offer transformative methods for art history? 

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Show me your bowl and I’ll tell you who you are

28/05/2024 at 17.30

How can material culture be used to reconstruct ancient human stories?

Abstract marble sculpture with interconnected shapes and voids, displayed on a black pedestal against a draped white background.

Sculpture unveiling: Essay on Reticulations

28/05/2024 at 18.30

Join us for the unveiling of Essay on Reticulations, a new sculptural work at Wolfson College.

Wolfson Head Gardener in a white hat explaining features of green plants to visitors in an outdoor setting.

Wolfson Garden Tour: A World Environment Day Celebration

05/06/2024 at 16.45

What solutions is the Wolfson Garden employing to grow trees, revive water sources and rejuvinate soil?

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