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Privileges at Sidney


Come back and dine in College at High Table. This is an excellent way to visit Sidney and to dine with Fellows and Students during Full Term.
Dining privileges are awarded to members of Sidney Sussex College when they have a Master of Arts, PhD or another graduate qualification (including MPhil, MBA, Med, LLM, PGCE) taken while in residence at the College. These dining privileges start on graduation with an MA or PhD, and 2 years after graduating for the other degrees. They allow you to dine at High Table three times per academic year on a Wednesday or Sunday evening during term time. Alumni are permitted to bring one guest, which is encouraged. Your meal will be free of charge, however, you will be charged for wine and your guest’s meal (for current charges, please contact the Steward’s PA). Dinner starts at 7.30 pm in Hall, with pre-dinner sherry available in the New Parlour from 7.15 pm. It is customary for members to wear academic gowns to dinner (these can be hired from the Porters' Lodge on the day for £10). Guests (unless they are members of the University) do not wear gowns. If you would like to attend Evensong, which commences at 6.00 pm on Sundays (followed by drinks in the Old Library before dinner).



As an alumnus of both the university and of Sidney Sussex there are several ways you can continue to deepen your knowledge
Everybody who has matriculated at the university gets lifelong access to JSTOR's huge wealth of journal articles and other academic materials. For more information on this, do feel free to consult the University's page on this. Otherwise you can log in to JSTOR by clicking the image above.

All alumni are able to 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)

We are delighted to welcome alumni with scholarly interests back to Cambridge and to Sidney Sussex. Unfortunately, due to constraints on space in the Richard Powell Library, use of the Library requires prior arrangement with the Librarian. 
Librarian - Mr Alan Stevens
Tel. +44 1223 3 38852 
The Library aims to maintain a comfortable and supportive environment for study, with access to a substantial range of textbooks and electronic resources, open to all Members of College. The library is usually staffed between 8:30am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday throughout term and vacation. Full details on the library can be found here

The College's archives and special collections are housed in the Muniment Room, at the end of South Court nearest Garden Court. The collection is managed by Nicholas Rogers. Contained within are some rare manuscripts and early printed books, which you are more than welcome to visit as an alumnus. Remember however that all items in the Muniment Room can only be consulted by prior arrangement with the archivist.
Archivist - Mr Nicholas Rogers
Tel. +44 1223 3 38824 


Fancy staying in the centre of Cambridge at a competitive rate? The College can offer accommodation out of term time at alumni/members' rates. For more information please contact the


Sidney Sussex College is an excellent venue for a variety of events. Sidney members can arrange 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 around College. We offer great prices and packages for your special day in the glorious buildings and gardens of Sidney Sussex College. For more information about this please click here.
For further enquiries, please contact the Conference and Events Office at

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