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On arrival in Cambridge all students Matriculate, which means they agree to abide by the rules that govern the University and their college, and by signing the declaration form become life members of both. The rules include regulations on where students may live, and the number of days they must be present within Cambridge during each of the University’s terms (“keeping residence”).

Every student has a College Tutor, who, with the College Nurse and College Counsellor, is integral to providing pastoral care and supporting student welfare. The Tutor and Nurse can advise students on specialist contacts and resources elsewhere within the University. In addition, a Tutor will monitor student progress, and work with supervisors and departments when required, for example, signing documentation that asks for a College representative’s approval.

For undergraduates, and some postgraduate courses, Hughes Hall will assign a Director of Studies, the person who guides students through choosing their papers, and appoints supervisors for each chosen subject.

From the College’s Edwin Leong Library students can access online material for their courses, or use internet facilities to further their research. Students also have access to academic resources through the University departments and libraries, or may choose to develop other skills, such as taking a course through the Language Centre or as part of the personal and professional development scheme.

Finally, Hughes Hall celebrates its students’ successes, with recognition of outstanding academic achievements in its annual prizes. Ultimately, the presentation of students for degrees during the Graduation Ceremonies in Senate House marks the successful completion for each individual.