About the College
Founded in 1896, St Edmund's is one of the 31 colleges which make up the University of Cambridge. One of six Graduate Colleges in the University, it is also one of the most diverse, with members coming from over fifty different countries.
The College community comprises the Master and Fellows (the Governing Body of the College), Senior Members, Associate Members, Visiting Fellows and Visiting Scholars, and around 350 students. Nearly two-thirds of the students are working for graduate degrees, mainly the PhD, MPhil and LLM, while the other third are mature undergraduates or affiliated students, normally aged over 21 at the date of entry. The College welcomes applications in all subject areas from both men and women of high academic standards.
St Edmund's is known for its friendly atmosphere, which reflects its history and traditions. Whilst Fellows at most colleges in the University dine on 'High Table' (separately from the students), St Edmunds has no such division, and undergraduates, postgraduates and Fellows alike mix over dinner and other social activities. Special Guest Night Dinners and Formal Halls are arranged regularly during term, and Family Lunches are also held on one or two Sundays each term.
Many members of the College are also active on Cambridge's sports pitches, fields and courts. Several students are members of College or University teams, and have recently achieved an impressive number of Blues and Half-Blues.
College members study and carry out research in a wide variety of areas in the arts, humanities and sciences, including subjects ranging from criminology to history and from astronomy to veterinary science. Inter-disciplinary seminars and lectures are organised during term. The Fellowship represents a wide range of academic disciplines, and includes University teaching officers, Research Fellows and a number of distinguished Honorary Fellows. The Master of the College is Professor J Paul Luzio MA PhD FRCPath FIBiol FMedSci, who is Professor of Molecular Membrane Biology in the University and Director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research.