How To Use This Guide

The information provided in this part of the website constitutes Selwyn College’s Student Guide. Along with its companion, the Student Accommodation Handbook, they aim to pull together the information you will need to know about how the University and College work and your role as a student as Selwyn. They are useful for new students and will remain important throughout a student’s time at Selwyn.

This Guide has sections covering everything from the arrangements for coming into residence for the first time, all the way through to how to arrange for graduation. As the appropriate time comes along, or as particular issues arise, you should be able to turn to the relevant parts of the Guide to find out the information you need. The assumption is that at the start of your course you will familiarise yourself with its contents and remember or bookmark it so that you can easily find information again.

The information is very full, but this is not an indication that life at Selwyn is excessively bureaucratic or hemmed in by too many rules and regulations. The size of the College and its tradition of openness mean that we are generally quite informal. Both the Fellows and staff are exceptionally accommodating and helpful, especially if approached in the right way. However, any institution needs to have rules and procedures so that it can function smoothly, and in a community with many people living at close quarters, and often working under pressure, it is important to both understand and follow the rules.

Interacting with the University, its faculties and departments is a more formal and bureaucratic business. The College officers and office staff will help you in this interaction, but to do so they do need your cooperation and understanding.

The various sections of this Guide are organised to help you find as easily as possible the various pieces of advice and information you will need. As well as contact details and information about student life, there are pages that offer help in understanding the way we teach and learn in Cambridge; assistance with access to welfare and support networks; help with financial matters; and guide to matters relating to facilities and activities, discipline, life beyond Selwyn. If you are new to Selwyn and the University it is especially recommended that you read carefully through the sections on ‘Your Work’ and ‘Support and Advice’. As to the rest of the Guide, please look over all the topics so that you know what is in there should you need to refer to it at a later date.

The Guide will be updated through the year as new information becomes available or as policy decisions are made. This also means that it is possible to respond if there are any errors or omissions in this guide. If so, or if you have suggestions. please contact me.

Dr Mike Sewell 

Senior Tutor