Academic Matters

Intermission/Deferral/Remote Study

If you wish to intermit, defer, or pursue your course without being resident in Cambridge because you are concerned about your health and safety, please refer to this webpage: You should particularly note the criteria under which such requests can be made.

You should also discuss your concerns with your Tutor. If you are a Fresher and have not yet been allocated a Tutor, please contact

Academic and study spaces

The pressures on College space have increased considerably. Supervisions, Tutor meetings and other academic meetings must be held safely and so, especially where groups are larger than two or three people, you may find that your meetings are taking place outside the normal venues. This may mean that you find yourself having a supervision in the Chapel or in the Heong Gallery!

The College will continue to look at ways to optimise the amount of space we can make available but you may find yourself working in your room more than you may have done in the past. 

Please take a look at ‘College Places and Spaces’ for the latest updates.

Supervisions and academic meetings

The College is committed to ensuring that you should have as much access to in-person teaching as safely possible. You can have confidence that academic meetings in Downing are held in an environment that is operated in line with current Government and University guidance. Your meetings and supervisions will be socially distanced and there will be measures in place to minimise risks from other sources. You will be expected to wear a face covering if they are held in a College building unless there is reason why this is not possible. If you are unable to wear a face covering you must discuss this with the person hosting the supervision or meeting at your earliest opportunity so that appropriate arrangement can be made. More details about the conduct of supervisions, and what you can expect from your supervisors and your peers will be published closer to the start of term.

Pastoral Support

The College is committed to ensuring that you have full access to support through your Tutor or Graduate Tutor. This may be in person or virtually, as suits both you and your Tutor or Graduate Tutor.