Teaching and Studying
The Academic Staff (Fellows) at Lucy Cavendish College understand the needs of mature and affiliated undergraduates. Each student is allocated a Director of Studies (DoS) who guides her through her course.
Lucy Cavendish welcomes students who opt for any of the academic subjects taught in the University, and, in addition, has dedicated College teaching in the following disciplines:
- Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (including physiology, pharmacology and pathology)
- Social and Political Sciences
- Archaeology and Anthropology
- Modern and Medieval Languages
Specialised teaching takes place in small groups (known as supervisions) and complements the lectures and seminars open to students of all Colleges, and arranged centrally by the University Faculties and Departments. Fellows of Lucy Cavendish teach some of the other foremost Colleges of the University and Directors of Studies secure the very best supervisors for all Lucy Cavendish College students.
An intellectual environment
Yet the College also prides itself on its informal atmosphere, which tends be of particular benefit to graduate students, who are provided with many opportunities for interaction with the College Fellowship. Each year all graduate students are also encouraged to participate in the College programme of graduate workshops and seminars, run with the participation of Research Fellows, Visiting Fellows and Post-Doctoral Members of the Combination Room.
Lucy Cavendish College provides opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to develop transferable skills. Meetings and workshops focus on developing writing and studying skills and provide a forum for academic discussion.
Furthermore, every term all students have the opportunity to hear prominent people deliver lectures in the Lucy Cavendish Lecture Series and to meet with the speakers over dinner. Other seminars and cultural activities take place regularly in the College throughout the year. In particular, the College hosts the annual Women's Word creative writing festival each Summer, where prominent authors and editors attend College for talks, workshops, competitions and more; Lucy Cavendish students are highly encouraged to attend.
Excellent academic facilities
All students benefit from the College Library which is one of the finest new library buildings in Cambridge, open 24 hours a day, and offering individual booths with computer points.
Computer facilities across College and its extended accommodations are extensive. All accommodation has internet access and the computer room in the library provides PCs and printers linked to the University Network and Internet. Multimedia facilities for video-links and language use are located in a separate soundproofed room.