Advanced student

Postgraduate.

Bedmaker/Bedder

Traditional term for a cleaner in College (short for bedmaker; they do not make beds). Selwyn has replaced the term by ‘Housekeeping Assistant’.

Bursar

The College’s senior financial and administration officer.

Come Up

Arrive in Cambridge at the beginning of term.

Court

The area with the big bit of grass you’re not allowed to walk on. Known as a quad (quadrangle) in Oxford.

Intermit

If a student is ill and has to miss a significant part of their course, they may request permission to take a period away, usually a year, before returning to College.

Director of Studies

The Fellow of the College (or other senior member of the University) responsible for overseeing an undergraduate’s academic studies.

Division of Term

The day that marks the mid-point of Full Term, at the end of the 4th week.

Easter Term

The term after Easter and before the undergraduates’ big, long holiday.

Exeat

Permission to spend a night away from Cambridge. Students must sign out and back in again whenever they are away from Cambridge.

Fellow

An academic or Senior Member of the College.

Formal Hall

Formal dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fresher

First-year undergraduate student.

Full Term

Shorter than Term, eight weeks long. All undergraduates must stay in residence during this time.

General Admission

The four days at the end of June/early July on which most BA degrees are awarded.

Gowns

Black cape, to be worn on formal occasions (formal hall, chapel, matriculation). Graduates and Fellows wear a longer BA or MA gown.

Go Down

Leave Cambridge at the end of term.

Graduands

Students being presented to receive their degree, having successfully passed their exams.

Gyp Room

A very small kitchen, only really suitable for preparing snacks, not feasts.

Hall

Dining Hall.

Hostels

College accommodation in detached houses, on or adjacent to, the main site.

JCR

Junior Combination Room. Undergraduates are members of this.

Junior Members

Undergraduates and postgraduates.

Keeping Term

Satisfying the residence requirements of the University.

KFC

Kitchen Fixed Charge (not Kentucky Fried Chicken). A lump sum that covers part of the overhead costs of the kitchens.

Lent Term

Term between Christmas and Easter, surprisingly!

Master

The Head of the College. His name is Roger Mosey.

Matriculation

Ceremony of entry to the College and the University. Having promised to obey the College and University rules, students become members of the College.

May Ball

Post-exam celebration – in June!

May Week

Also in June. The week after the end of the Full Easter Term; highlights include May Balls and garden parties.

MCR

Middle Combination Room. Graduates are members of this.

Michaelmas Term

Term before Christmas.

MMC

Minimum Meals Charge: an agreed termly minimum spend on meals.

Pigeonhole

Where your mail is left for you (in the Porters’ Lodge).

Porters’ Lodge

Porters’ Lodge. Where the porters are to be found.

Porter

College employee responsible for security, signing in and out, mail and spare keys. They do not carry bags.

Postgrad

Graduate student.

Praelector

College Officer responsible for matriculation and graduation ceremonies.

Proctor

University Officer in charge of discipline and administration.

Reading

Studying – “I am reading Natural Sciences”.

Rediit Book

Used to be a book you sign on the day you come into residence at the beginning of each term. Now done in the Porters Lodge electronically by scanning your University Card.

Residence

Cambridge is a residential University; students are required to spend a certain number of nights each term in order to be eligible to take their degree. Once you have come up, you are in residence.

SCR

Senior Combination Room. Fellows are members of this.

Senior Members

Fellows and Directors of Studies.

Snow Ball

Ball at Selwyn held in December.

Supervisions

What would be called tutorials in any other University!

Supervisor

The academic responsible for your Supervisions

Term

A longer period than Full Term. There is no formal teaching outside Full Term.

Keeping Term Form/Terminal Exeat

The form that must be signed in the presence of your Tutor at your end of term meeting to confirm your going down and coming up dates.

Tutor

A Fellow who oversees your welfare and acts as your advocate in various matters.