Cambridge and its colleges
The 2002 conference will take place in King's College, one of the
older colleges among those that form the University of Cambridge. Both the
University and the City of Cambridge
have a long history, and there is a lot to see.
There are no sessions on Tuesday afternoon. That affords an opportunity to see some of the sights, including
the college chapel, a
triumph of English Perpendicular architecture. The chapel contains one
of the world's greatest fan vaults.
But there is a lot more to Cambridge than you can see in a single afternoon,
and you may wish to stay longer and see a bit more (or just to use the time
forced on you by airline pricing policy in a profitable way). This page
contains a few pointers in case you wish to learn a bit about Cambridge in
The main purposes of the University are teaching and research, but
inevitably these activities create resources of general interest, for
example the Botanic Garden and
the Fitzwilliam Museum.
The University of Cambridge
The university runs the undergraduate
courses and the research programmes for which Cambridge is known worldwide.
Courses are administered by faculties; lectures are given by individual
academics who are appointed to
departments (such as the Computer Laboratory) to undertake
teaching and research. Student assessment is based primarily on Tripos
examinations that each student takes every year at the start of June. After
3 years (in a few cases, 4 years) the student will qualify for an Honours
Degree (BA, Bachelor of Arts, even in the case of those reading
Computer Science!). For more information about the
structure of the University and the place of the Colleges see The Way it Works.
The Colleges of the University
more than just old and grand halls of residence.
Undergraduates wishing to take a Cambridge degree apply to a college
rather than to the relevant department, though the latter will often lay
down the academic requirements for a particular course. Once admitted the
student's steps will be guided by a Director of Studies appointed by
the college, who will suggest which university lectures the student should
attend. In addition students will go to supervisions ("tutorials"at Oxford)
for about two hours each week, usually in pairs. The Director of Studies
will arrange supervision on a college basis, at least during a student's
first two years. The supervisor may be a Fellow (usually a lecturer
who has a specific teaching responsibility in the college), a Fellow of
another college appointed on an exchange basis, or a graduate student.
In Cambridge, unlike Oxford, appointments to a university lectureship
are not connected to a particular college. Even so colleges have
strong intellectual traditions and are known for their teaching and
research strength in individual subjects. Each college maintains its own
site, which in many cases describes the history of the college and
The City of Cambridge
The University is the dominant employer in Cambridge, a city of about
110,000 people. Next in line comes tourism, and the city council has
done its best to present itself online. The pages
tourism in particular contain too much information to summarise
here, mixing simple fact with the occasional hard
Some delegates may wish to stay in or around Cambridge for a bit longer
than King's can provide accommodation in connection with the conference.
The city tourism pages contain a lot of helpful