The Dean (Dr Charlotte Summers) is responsible, together with the Master and Tutors, for disciplinary matters. She also deals with certain routine matters, such as authorizing parties and booking public rooms, and is available for consultation by arrangement (email to arrange a convenient time).

The College’s various rules and regulations are essential to managing the life of a community in which hundreds of people are living and working in close proximity to one another. It is also responsible for upholding various University regulations, the law of the land and other obligations. The rules help ensure that members of Selwyn enjoy good working conditions, that they do not make each others’ lives and work impossible, and promote the responsible use of the facilities provided by the College. Students are also subject to University regulations; a summary of these regulations, which are enforced by the Proctors, can be found in University publications.

This page includes two of the most basic of Cambridge’s rules.

6.0.1 Matriculation

Junior members of the College become members of the University by matriculating (putting their names on a list) at the beginning of their first term of residence. By doing this, they promise to observe the Statutes and Ordinances of the University, and to pay due respect and obedience to the Chancellor, and other officers of the University. The College holds a dinner for all first-year undergraduates to mark this event.

6.0.2 Residence (‘Keeping Term’)

In order to obtain a BA Honours degree at Cambridge, it is necessary not only to pass examinations but also to have completed nine Terms of residence (six Terms for Affiliated students). There are three Terms: Michaelmas, Lent and Easter; the first two are of 80 days each, the third 70 days. Within each Term there is a period called Full Term. For 2019-20 the dates are:




Michaelmas Term 2019

1 October

8 October

6 December

19 December

Lent Term 2020

5 January

14 January

13 March

24 March

Easter Term 2020

10 April

21 April

12 June

18 June

For future years, see:

In most subjects, all formal lectures and supervisions are given during Full Term. In order to keep Term for purposes of a degree, an undergraduate must reside in Cambridge for a period equivalent to the length of Full Term, i.e. 60 days (59 nights) in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms and 53 days (52 nights) in the Easter Term. If any nights are spent away from Cambridge during Full Term, they must be offset by residence during the period of Term, either before or after Full Term. Days kept in excess of those required in any Term cannot be transferred to a subsequent Term. At the end of each Term, you will be required to sign a list to indicate that you have kept that Term. (See the Student Accommodation Handbook for more information.)

Full Term always begins on a Tuesday. Lectures normally start on the Thursday and run for eight weeks (four in the Easter Term), ending therefore on a Wednesday. Full Term itself ends on a Friday.