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Prospective Graduates at Sidney Sussex


Sidney Sussex College, founded in 1596 by the Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex, is considered to be the newest of the ‘old colleges’.  Its late 16th century buildings are located right in the heart of the city centre, and all the other University buildings and departments are easily accessible by foot or bicycle.


Sidney has many on-site facilities including a newly refurbished gym, a squash court, spectacular wooden chapel, music room, library, common rooms, College Bar, sports ground (shared with St. John’s College), boat club and plentiful computing facilities.  Dining is held in a beautiful hall, and is open for three meals a day throughout term with formal dining three nights a week. Graduates have their own Common Room (known as the Middle Combination Room or ‘MCR’) which is well-equipped with hi-fi, TV, games consoles and a coffee machine.  The MCR is due to relocate to a larger venue with improved facilities by the start of the next academic year.


The College’s graduates form the ‘MCR’, a relatively small, diverse community that enjoys close and friendly ties between the Fellowship and the undergraduates.  The active MCR committee arranges a wide range of social events to suit all tastes, including formal dinners, exchanges with other Cambridge colleges, punting trips, film nights, whisky night,  garden croquet match and summer Garden Party.  There is a popular seminar series that gives students the opportunity to present their research to Fellows and other students.  Many students row in the boat club, or join College sports teams that consist of graduates and undergraduates.  You are free to participate in all these activities, as much or as little as your studies permit!


Accommodation is normally available to graduates in their first year.  This is most likely to be in one of the college's graduate houses  that are situated in various locations throughout the city (e.g. Park Parade, Elizabeth Way, St Paul’s Road).   These houses consist of a number of rooms with shared bathroom and kitchens.  The College also has 6 flats for couples located around the city, but unfortunately no accommodation that is suitable for students with children.  There is a limited amount of accommodation available for subsequent years, through the continuing graduate ballot.


The College regularly offers a number of Studentships and Bursaries, which are mostly open to outside applicants as well as college members.  There is also a number of graduate student funds available for current students, for example graduates engaged in research degrees may apply for grants to assist with research expenses and hardship funds that provide financial assistance should unforeseen difficulties arise.


Sidney Sussex has three Graduate Tutors: Professor Andy Neely, Dr Joanna Craigwood and Dr Berry Groisman and a Graduate Office, run by the Graduate Tutors' Personal Assistant, Gillian Johnstone ( The Graduate Office organises regular Graduate Suppers in the Old Library which give students the opportunity to meet Fellows and other students informally over dinner.  We also hold formal dinners for both Matriculation and Graduation, and annual Barbeque and a bi-annual Supervisor’s dinner giving PhD students the opportunity to invite their academic advisors.

Further information on graduate life at Sidney Sussex College may be found in the Graduate Handbook.  If this does not contain the answer to your questions please contact the Graduate Tutors' Personal Assistant, Graduate Tutors' Personal Assistant, Gillian Johnstone (, Tel. +44 1223 3 38810).


Unlike for undergraduate study, graduate students do not apply directly to a College.  Most postgraduate students apply via the The Board of Graduate Studies; please refer to their online Qualifications Guide/Graduate Prospectus for further details of how to apply.

If you are applying for a PGCE, an MEd, an MBA, an MFin, or for an MSt, please refer to the Faculty of Education, Institute of Continuing Education, or Judge Business School as appropriate.

When you apply you have the option of nominating a preference for two Colleges.  We hope you will consider Sidney as one of your choices.

Graduate Tutors' Personal Assistant - Gillian Johnstone
Tel. +44 1223 3 38810

Postal address: Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, CB2 3HU, UK