As a graduate college, Hughes Hall specialises in supporting students studying for taught and research graduate degrees. We also welcome mature students studying for undergraduate degrees. All students share in a distinctive and dedicated academic context created by a mature and committed community of scholars. A distinctive aspect of college life at Hughes Hall is an egalitarian culture where interaction and engagement between Fellows and students is open and encouraged. Unlike most colleges, for example, Hughes Hall does not have a “high table” reserved for Fellows at mealtimes, and walking on the lawns is not a privilege reserved only for Fellows – students are permitted to walk on the grass.
The College has an enviable position at the heart of the City, halfway between the Railway Station and the Market Square. While it enjoys the tranquillity of overlooking the University cricket ground, the main site is adjacent to Mill Road, famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and variety of eateries, and Hills Road, now a commercial centre and the City’s “High Street” but originally the Roman Via Devana linking Cambridge to the Roman capital at Colchester. A short walk across Parker’s Piece, an open park which was famously the place where the rules of Football were first codified, transports students from the scholarly calm of the College to the bustle of the old centre of the City.
The University of Cambridge is over 800 years old, and its unique collegiate system is a central part of the experience of studying here. Historically, Hughes Hall has had a unique role in enhancing and supporting graduate study, and the College welcomes excellent students working in traditional and innovative fields throughout the University.
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