Downing College Welcomes MSt Students

We are looking forward to meeting you when you arrive in Cambridge for your first residential session from 9 September to 21 September.  Please find a student plan of the College here to assist you on arrival.

As the method of study and rhythm of the academic year is somewhat different to other degrees, it is hoped that the following information will outline what you need to know about being an MSt student at Downing College.  If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions Officer.  Alternatively, the Tutorial and Admissions Office is located on 'B' staircase and the office staff will help you with any queries you may have.  If you have difficulty visiting during the opening hours, please contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office to make other arrangements.

Information for Visa Holders

If you have a visa (in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit or BRP) to study in the UK the MSt Administrator will scan this on your arrival, together with your passport, as the University is required to do so within seven days of your first entry into the UK.  For visa advice, please refer to the International Student Office website. 

Induction and Registration

The timetable for your induction and registration is as follows:

University Student Registration You will be emailed by the University in August or September to undertake this process
College Identification Checks and University Card Collection Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September
College Online Induction and Registration on Moodle Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October

Firstly, you will be emailed by the University in August or September to update your personal information.  At the end of this process you will collect your Cambridge email address and passwords.  Please do not attempt to register until you receive an email asking you to log in to your Self-service account and complete the University Student Registration process.

Secondly, you will need to attend the Tutorial and Admissions Office during office hours to provide original documentation to confirm your identity between Monday 10 September and Friday 14 September.  We will be unable to register you without this.  You will also be issued with your University Card.  It is increasingly used around the University and College to grant access to services and facilities.  Click here for further information regarding the uses and benefits of the University Card.

The final part of the College Registration procedure requires all students at Downing to read and agree to the following terms & conditions and College policies within the first week of Term as a requirement of living and studying at Downing.  You will be able to do this online on Moodle from Monday 1 October until the deadline, Friday 5 October.

Terms & Conditions or College Policy:
Alcohol Policy
Data Protection Statement (Students)
Plagiarism Policy
Respect and Dignity Policy
University Card:  Terms and Conditions of Use

Please also read and refer to the following information:

  1. Rules and Guidelines
  2. Bicycles, Cars and Parking in College
  3. Getting Started with IT @ Cambridge Leaflet
  4. IT Matters @ Cambridge Leaflet
  5. College IT and Computing Information
  6. The Counselling Service:  General Information for Students

 

Matriculation - Thursday 13 September

Matriculation marks your formal admission to membership of the University and College.  You will remain a member of Downing College for life and, as such you will be entitled to book guest rooms, use the dining and bar facilities, internet and computer resources, as well as access the College Library. 

Your timetable for Matriculation is as follows.  Please complete and return the Matriculation Ceremony and Dinner Form to the Tutorial and Admissions Office by Thursday 30 August at the latest indicating your attendance and any special dietary requirements.

6.15 pm to 6.30 pm Drinks Reception in the Senior Combination Room (SCR) - Please enter via the Fellows' Garden
6.30 pm to 6.45 pm Welcome and Introductory Talk by the Senior Tutor
6.45 pm to 7.15 pm Matriculation Ceremony in the SCR
7.30 pm to 10.00 pm Matriculation Dinner in the College Dining Hall on A staircase

Dress code is smart; men are requested to wear a jacket and tie, women are requested to wear a suitable equivalent.  An academic gown must be worn throughout.  Please find below details of how to obtain one.

Academic Gown

Wearing a gown is a symbol of your joining the community of scholars.  You first wear a gown for Matriculation on Thursday 13 September.  You will also need a gown for other formal occasions, to attend Formal Hall and for your graduation.  It may be possible to hire, borrow or purchase gowns, subject to availability, for such occasions from the Graduate Union.  However, many new graduate students opt to have a gown of their own, which can be purchased directly from Ryder & Amies.  Before ordering your gown, please contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office to obtain a voucher code, which can be redeemed at checkout to receive a discount on the cost of a BA or MA gown. It is important to wear the correct gown.  Consequently, please contact the outfitter if you require any guidance before making a purchase.  Alternatively, please refer to the Graduate Union's Gown Guide for further information.  Gowns are available at a reduced price of £42.50 compared to significantly higher prices in the city (approximate cost £95 for a BA gown or £110 for an MA gown).

Historical and Architectural Tour of Downing - Wednesday 3 October

If you are in Cambridge on Wednesday 3 October you are most welcome to attend the Vice Master's historical and architectural tour of the College for new students.  The tour starts outside the Dining Hall at 4.30 pm and will end in good time for dinner.  If you would like to attend, please email the Vice Master

College Charges

Payment for all catering charges can be made at the time of purchase either by cash, debit or credit card (Visa or MasterCard only).  As part of your College membership you also receive life membership of the Downing Alumni Association.

Accommodation

Your accommodation has been booked for you by your Departmental Administrator at Downing College for each residential period.  An invoice for your accommodation will be sent to you in advance of your stay.  This invoice will need to be settled by the due date specified on the invoice, which will generally be prior to your arrival in Cambridge.  Payment can be made by bank transfer or UK debit card.  Please note, credit card payments cannot be accepted.  Should you have any queries regarding your accommodation please contact Conference Services.  Alternatively, please contact the Senior Accounts Clerk for invoice and payment queries. 

Eating at Downing College

There is up-to-date dining information here including the opening hours for the College Servery, a self-service cafeteria, and The Butterfield Café, which serves breakfast and, later in the day, a range of hot and cold baguettes, snacks, cakes and speciality coffees.

Formal Hall is held on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm during Term only.  These times are subject to revision; please check the notice board outside the Hall [or the College website].  On these days you may choose to dine at Formal Hall instead of using the cafeteria service.  Formal Hall is a fixed-price, fixed-menu formal dinner with waiter/waitress service.  It is an occasion for junior members to bring in students from other colleges, and other visitors, as guests.  Further information can be found here.  Please note, an academic gown must be worn by members of the University at Formal Hall.  Please book and make payment directly with the Catering Department.  

Post

You are allocated a pigeonhole in the Porters’ Lodge so that any post addressed to you at Downing College will be placed here.  If you wish your post to be forwarded to your residential address, please notify the Deputy Head Porter.  The cost of postage must be paid for in advance.

Graduate Tutors

You will be assigned a Graduate Tutor at Downing College.  Graduate Tutors are responsible for your general welfare and will represent you in official contacts with the central administration of the University.  You will find out which Tutor you have been allocated as part of the College online Induction and Registration process.

It is in your best interest to inform your Graduate Tutor as soon as any illness or difficulty occurs which is likely to affect study or examination performance.  In such cases, Tutors help to deal with health or other personal problems and are in a position to assist with special needs, disabilities or access issues.  Requests to take examinations under special conditions, due to disability or illness, can be arranged by the Tutor, who is contactable at any time throughout the year by email.  Your Tutor can be seen by appointment and such appointments should be made via email. In an emergency contact the Tutorial & Admissions Office (+44 (0)1223 334811) or the Porters’ Lodge out of office hours (+44 (0)1223 334800).

College Nurse

The College Nurse can provide you with nursing care, treatment, advice and support within clinic times. The clinic (room O5) has many health related leaflets and useful information on health matters inside and outside its door for you to help yourself.

Registration with the College Nurse is optional for MSt students, but if during your time in Cambridge you wish to see the Nurse, registration will be carried out as part of the initial consultation.  Please contact the College Nurse if you wish to make an appointment.

It is important that your immunisations are up to date prior to your arrival in Cambridge; please see the University's advice and vaccine checklist for newly arriving students regarding the MenACWY (Meningitis), MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Influenza (flu) vaccinations.  Please make arrangements to be immunised now, if necessary. 

Downing College MCR Events and Facebook

MSt students become part of the Middle Combination Room (MCR) a multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse and international community, closely integrated into the academic and social life of the College.

If you would like a tour of the College with a member of the MCR (a graduate student) at the beginning of the academic year (2 October), please contact the MCR directly.

The MCR website lists forthcoming events.  You are very welcome to attend these.

The members of the MCR want to help you feel at home at Downing and enjoy life in Cambridge to the fullest when you are here.  If you find yourself in Cambridge during Freshers' Week you are most welcome to participate in any of the events listed to enable you to meet some like-minded, friendly people.

The MCR's Facebook page is Downing MCR Events. You will automatically be added to the MCR mailing list through which their events are advertised.  All graduate students are automatically members of the MCR (Middle Combination Room).

Alumni Events

As part of your College membership you also receive life membership of the Downing Alumni Association.

Alumni events take place in Cambridge, London, USA, Hong Kong and other destinations across the world.  MSt students are added to the mailing list of Alumni events now, rather than after graduation, to enable you to access these wider events. You will be warmly welcomed.

Graduation

As an MSt, we would expect you to graduate together with the rest of the Real Estate cohort in November 2020.  The MSt Course Administrator will contact you nearer the time to confirm the arrangements.  To be entered for graduation, you must book a place.  Information about graduation and booking can be found here.  If you have any queries, please contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office.

Downing Enterprise Competition

Get your business idea or invention off the ground with the Downing Enterprise competition.

  • Win £2000 for a one-page business plan
  • Enter for the chance to win up to £25,000 investment for your startup

The Downing Enterprise Competition is open to ALL TEAMS where at least one member is a student or alumnus of Downing College, University of Cambridge.  For full details see the Downing Enterprise Competition website.