Sidney will always be your College. We look forward to welcoming you back for reunions and other events, and hope that you would like to remain engaged with us. There are many ways that you can remain involved in College life.
There are a number of alumni societies connected to Sidney which offer events and activities with other alumni who share your interests or location. There are also opportunities to dine, stay or hold an event in College. College and University members are also able to access libraries and academic journals.
Unfortunately, the College remains closed to visitors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and government regulations. We look forward to welcoming alumni back to the College as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you would like further information on any of the benefits below then please contact the Development and Membership Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alumni dining rights and how to book
Dining privileges are awarded to members of Sidney Sussex College who either hold or are qualified for an MA, other Master's degree, or a higher degree from the University, and allow members to dine at High Table three times per academic year on most Wednesday or Sunday evenings during full term.
Alumni members are welcome to bring on guest, though up to three additional guests are welcome if space permits. In special circumstances, the Steward may grant permission to dine in larger groups. The College will do its best to accommodate up to eight alumni (including guests) at High Table on any one evening.
Members' meals will be free of charge, however, there is a charge for wine and any guest's meal and wine. The cost of dining (2019-20) was £24.30 for a meal, £5.30 for wine at High Table, and a further £5.30 for wine with dessert after dinner.
It is customary for members to wear academic gowns to dinner (which can be hired from the Porters' Lodge on the day for £10). Guests (unless they are members of the University) do not wear gowns.
For more information regarding alumni dining rights, including how to book and requests to bring additional guests, please contact the Steward’s PA.
Staying in touch with other alumni
- Alumni societies
You may wish to get involved in one of our many active alumni societies.
- Getting in touch with old friends
The General Data Protection Regulation does not allow us to give you the contact details for other Sidney alumni without their expressed permission.
However, we are happy to get in touch with College friends on your behalf. Please contact the Development and Membership Office (telephone: +44 (0)1223 3 38881, email: email@example.com) to see if we can help.
Library and journal access
- Sidney Library
You are welcome to come back to use the library at Sidney for scholarly interests.
Please arrange your visit in advance with the Librarian. Discover more about the Sidney library.
- Archives at Sidney
The College's archives and special collections are housed in the Muniment Room, at the end of South Court nearest Garden Court. The collection contains some rare manuscripts and early printed books, which alumni are more than welcome to visit by prior arrangement with the Archivist (telephone: +44 (0) 1223 338824; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Journals and online resources
Everybody who has matriculated at the University receives lifelong access to JSTOR's huge wealth of journal articles and other academic materials.
For more information please consult the University's journals and online resources web page or follow the link to JSTOR.
- University Library
All alumni can access the main University Library for free.
To find out more about using the UL and the application process for getting your reader’s card, please visit the University Library admissions web page. (The reader’s card is different to your CAMCard).
- Other University benefits
You are also eligible for a range of other benefits from the University of Cambridge, including Cam Cards and access to online scholarship free of charge.
Staying and celebrating at Sidney
- Bed and Breakfast
All Alumni are welcome to stay at Sidney Sussex College outside of term time. We are able to offer standard single rooms, en suite single rooms and en suite twin rooms. Please visit our booking page to make a reservation or contact the Housekeeping Office for more information.
- Host events at Sidney
Alumni are very welcome to hold receptions and social gatherings in the College gardens, as well as private dinners, parties, weddings and conferences at Sidney. The College is always delighted to host the weddings of members of Sidney in Sidney Sussex Chapel and in the College's beautiful buildings and gardens. More about getting married at Sidney.