In the current national lockdown, with very few students in residence and no in-person teaching, it’s hard to imagine or even plan for summer events in College. But in the hope that vaccination programme and other measures will eventually make it possible, we are proceeding with plans for another Special Study week over the long vacation.
Part-time study at Cambridge is a wonderful opportunity – but we know that it can be difficult to find dedicated time in a life crammed with work and other commitments. For many of you, this year has been especially challenging. We know, too, that many of you have been disappointed by not able to visit Cambridge and come into College. And we’ve missed having you here! That’s why we’re so pleased to offer you this chance to grab a slice of Wolfson life.
At the Special Study Week you’ll be able immerse yourself in the life of the College while you take some time out to concentrate on your research. Whether you need to do some concentrated reading, to kick-start your writing, or to complete a crucial chapter, the week is designed to provide the environment and the support that will help you achieve your study goals.
You’ll find a warm Wolfson welcome, a variety of structured working spaces, and plenty of opportunities for relaxation and stimulating conversation with others working in different fields.
We do hope that you’ll be able to come and enjoy the benefits of a full week, but you are welcome to come for as few or many days as you like.
What’s on offer
The final programme will depend on what restrictions remain in place, and we will confirm details as soon as we are able. Our hope is that most of the usual events will go ahead, including:
- Formal Hall on Tuesday 3rd August
- Peer writing-group sessions
- 1-1 Library skills sessions – for groups or 1–1
- Drop-in tea and coffee breaks
- A drinks reception
- Daily Study Week Lunch Table with part-time tutors and other members of staff
- WCSA social events
- Walk to Grantchester for tea in the Orchard
- Walking tour of Cambridge centre and Colleges
During your stay in College, you can of course enjoy use of the gym, our lovely peaceful gardens, and local countryside walking routes.
Who is it for?
The week is open to any Wolfson part-time student, on any course, in any year.
You can book accommodation for many days as you like. But we do hope you’ll be able to stay for a week – which could include either or both weekends, to suit your diary.
If you are living locally or would prefer to make other accommodation arrangements, you are still most welcome to participate. In that case you should still register so that you are sure to receive updates.
Registration and booking
You can register for the week using this form. By registering interest, you will receive further information on the week as it becomes available.
Accommodation is in College rooms at our standard student rates. Price per night:
- Double ensuite room: £47.60
- Single ensuite room: £18.55 or £20.95
- Single room with shared facilities: £16.25
NB Single room bookings also incur a charge of £10/week for bedding and towels.
To book accommodation for the week, you should register and email the accommodation office with your requested dates and room preference, letting them know your reservation is for the Special Study Week.
You should book by Monday 14th June 2021 to secure your accommodation. Booking will remain open after this date but we cannot guarantee availability of rooms.
We will be keeping arrangements under review, and will only proceed if it is safe to do so. We will keep you fully informed, and if we have to cancel the week for any reason then we will contact you about cancelling your booking.
Bookings for the Formal Hall on 3rd August will open in July and the Postgraduate Administrator will email you when are able to book your place.
You will need to book your place via the Formal Hall Booking System. When prompted, you could put yourself down as ’Special Study Week’ – though that’s not essential. Bookings close at 12 noon the day before, but early booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment.
The price of Formal Hall is £21.20 for students and their guests.
Further information including online menus.
If you have any queries about the Special Study week not answered above, please contact Sam Langley, the Postgraduate Administrator, by email or phone 01223 335978.