The University of Cambridge is over 800 years old, and its unique collegiate system has become a central part of the experience of studying here. The University is a confederation of its colleges, schools, faculties, departments and various other institutions. The 31 autonomous colleges have a special status in the structure as each is self-governing despite being closely tied to the University.
All students studying in the many faculties and departments of the University of Cambridge are firstly members of a college. The University is responsible for the administration of the courses of study which lead to the award of degrees, and the colleges provide for all the students’ other needs – providing accommodation, communal meals, library facilities, sport and social facilities and a supportive academic community.
Hughes Hall is the oldest of the University of Cambridge’s six graduate colleges. Together, the graduate colleges admit about 35% of all graduate students in the University — offering facilities and support appropriate for older students. We are a growing community that began life with a history of pioneering in the provision of education to women teachers. These days we are proud of the diversity of nationalities and academic subjects represented among the 500-550 men and women who now make up our student body covering all the degrees offered at Cambridge.
The majority of the College’s Fellows are active academics, engaged in teaching and research in the University, though the College also has a unique “City Fellows” scheme which appoints Fellows who are active in the City of London. As a group, the Fellows form the Governing Body which is the highest authority in the College. In addition to the Governing Body Fellows, the College appoints a number of Post-Doctoral Research Associates, Honorary Fellows, Life Fellows and Quondam Fellows – further enhancing the range and diversity of the Senior Membership.
Hughes Hall concentrates on providing a mature atmosphere for learning; thus we do not admit standard age undergraduates. Unless you already possess a degree you must be at least twenty-one years of age to come to Hughes.