Who We Are

Hughes Hall is a progressive and innovative College in the University of Cambridge. We have a distinctive identity amongst the Cambridge colleges, reflecting our history and long-standing mission to bridge the academic and external worlds, applying academic study to achieve substantive practical benefits in the world. At the time of the College’s foundation, this was carried through in the College’s exclusive mission to train women for the teaching profession. Over time, the College has developed this mission to extend into all areas of academic and professional activity.

We are one of only four colleges amongst the colleges that make up the University of Cambridge that is dedicated to mature students (over 21-years-old). We have a proud tradition of egalitarianism and excellence. There are around 600 student members and 200 senior members.

Students are taking degrees in all the areas offered by the University. However, there is a special focus in college on five subjects with particular application to real-world problems – Law, Business and Economics, Medicine and Life Sciences, Education, and Engineering and the mathematical and physical sciences. We are the second largest college for postgraduate students together with around 100 mature undergraduates and medical students. The mixture of undergraduates, masters and PhD students is seamless, with friendships spanning all degree levels and ages.

Together, we form one of the most internationally diverse academic communities in the University, with students from over 75 countries at any one time. The senior membership is made up of world-leading academics working across University departments, senior people in government departments and public life around the world, and leading members of the business, legal, and financial professions.

We are one of only four colleges amongst the colleges that make up the University of Cambridge that is dedicated to mature students