University of Cambridge

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  • The University's Mission and Core Values


    The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

    Core values

    The University's core values are as follows:

    • freedom of thought and expression
    • freedom from discrimination


    • the encouragement of a questioning spirit
    • an extensive range of academic subjects in all major subject groups
    • quality and depth of provision across all subjects
    • the close inter-relationship between teaching, scholarship, and research
    • strong support for individual researchers as well as research groups
    • residence in Cambridge as central to most courses
    • education which enhances the ability of students to learn throughout life

    The University's relationship with society

    • the widest possible student access to the University
    • the contribution which the University can make to society through the pursuit, dissemination, and application of knowledge
    • the place of the University within the broader academic and local community
    • opportunities for innovative partnerships with business, charitable foundations, and healthcare
    • concern for sustainability and the relationship with the environment

    The Collegiate University

    • the relationship between the University and the Colleges as fundamental to the nature of Cambridge
    • the interdisciplinary nature of the Colleges as a major stimulus to teaching and learning
    • the enhanced quality of experience for students and staff through College membership

    University staff

    • recognition and reward of the University's staff as its greatest asset
    • the encouragement of career development for all staff

    Other activities

    • the opportunities for broadening the experience of students and staff through participation in sport, music, drama, the visual arts, and other cultural activities

    Research at the University of Cambridge

    In Cambridge, we are committed to achieving excellence in research and scholarship, and to ensuring that our research contributes to the well-being of society. We seek to provide a creative and supportive environment in which ideas are generated and can flourish. The excellence and diversity of our research across the Schools of Arts & Humanities, Humanities & Social Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Technology, Physical Sciencesand Biological Sciences, and our role as one of the founder members of the Cambridge Network, means that in addition to our achievements in fundamental research, we are also well-positioned to make significant contributions to the global innovation agenda and, by conveying the implications of our research, to contribute to the formulation of policy.

    In addition to the activities ongoing within the six Schools, we have identified a number of Strategic Initiatives & Networks which build on the existing research base in Cambridge to tackle research challenges that can only be addressed by multi-disciplinary teams of researchers. Our aim is to provide academic leadership in these areas and to develop strategic partnerships with academe and industry around the world to advance research, and the impact of that research, in these fields.

    More information

    Major Researchers
    Introducing some of the eminent researchers who have worked at the University of Cambridge over the centuries.

    Sources of the University's research income, and links to further data.

    Read about Nobel prize winners, honorary degree holders and recipients of recent awards and prizes.

    Centres & Institutes
    An alphabetical list of the Research Centres and Institutes associated with the University.

    Funding Agency Committee Members
    Highlighting the role of University members who serve on the committees of funding agencies

    Strategic Initiatives & Networks
    Our current portfolio of cross-disciplinary Initiatives and Networks

    Research Horizons magazine
    Downloadable copies of the University's research magazine


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