Welcome back to new Clinical Medics

We look forward to welcoming you back to College before your introductory course commences on Monday 10 September.

As the method of study and rhythm of the academic year is somewhat different to the life you have known as an undergraduate at Downing, it is hoped that the following information will outline what you need to know about being a Clinical Medicine student here.  If you have any further questions, please contact either the Graduate Admissions Officer or the Tutorial Office.


Please ensure you visit the Tutorial and Admissions Office between Tuesday 14 August and Thursday 16 August to register and do the following:

  1. If you have a student loan, you will need to bring either your UK passport or photo driving licence as an identity check to initiate your payment.
  2. A new University Card has been ordered as a replacement for your existing card and will be exchanged on production of your old card.
  3. Collect important information.

Please note, if you are unable to attend the Tutorial and Admissions Office between Tuesday 14 August and Thursday 16 August, please bear in mind that if you have a student loan, it will not commence by the start date of your course.  However, you are most welcome to register with the Tutorial Office up until 10 September.

Director of Studies

Your College Director of Studies, who is responsible for overseeing your academic studies for Clinical Medicine at Downing is Mr Justin Davies, a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon and Clinical Director of Digestive Diseases at Addenbrooke's.  Mr Davies will email you directly to arrange a meeting as a cohort for the first time.

Your Studies

For further information about your studies, please consult the course timetable or the School of Clinical Medicine website.

Graduate Tutor

You will be assigned a Graduate Tutor at Downing College.  Like Undergraduate Tutors, Graduate Tutors are also responsible for your general welfare and will represent you in official contacts with the central administration of the University.  As a new graduate student, you are only required to meet your Graduate Tutor at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term 2018.  Please sign-up for an appointment time on the Downing Tutorial Site for Students, which opens on Moodle from Monday 24 September onwards, at which point you will find out which Tutor you have been allocated.

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 or disabilities.  Requests to take examinations under special conditions 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 Policies and Terms & Conditions

All students at Downing must 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.

The Terms & Conditions and College Policies are as follows:

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


Do I need to register with the College Nurse as a new student?

Students who have already seen the College Nurse as an undergraduate do not need to re-register.  As usual, during clinic times you can come and see the College Nurse without an appointment.  Alternatively, outside of clinic times please contact the College Nurse to schedule an appointment.

As a new graduate student, do I need to matriculate?

As you have already matriculated as an undergraduate student, you do not need to matriculate again, but you are most welcome to attend the Matriculation events on Monday 8 October.  Please complete the Matriculation Dinner Form to indicate your attendance and any special dietary requirements by Monday 24 September.

Do I need a new academic gown?

You are now entitled to wear a BA gown which differs to the undergraduate gown you have been used to wearing.  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 gown. 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).