34 Facts About University Cambridge


University of Cambridge is a collegiate research university in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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University Cambridge quickly established itself as a global leader in the study of mathematics.

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University Cambridge alumni have won six Fields Medals and one Abel Prize for mathematics, and individuals representing University Cambridge have won four additional Fields Medals.

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Cambridge University Act 1856 formalised the university's organisational structure and introduced the study of many new subjects, including theology, history and Modern languages.

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University of Cambridge began to award PhD degrees in the first third of the 20th century; the first Cambridge PhD in mathematics was awarded in 1924.

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University Cambridge contributed significantly to the Allies' forces in World War I with 13,878 members of the university serving and 2,470 being killed in the war.

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University Cambridge was one of only two universities to hold parliamentary seats in the Parliament of England and was later one of only eight represented in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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Each Christmas Eve, The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols sung by the Choir of King's College, University Cambridge are broadcast globally on BBC World Service television and radio and syndicated to hundreds of additional radio stations in the US and elsewhere.

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University Cambridge is divided into several sites where departments are located.

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The West Cambridge site is undergoing a major expansion and will host new buildings and fields for university sports.

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University Cambridge has 31 colleges, two of which, Murray Edwards and Newnham, admit women only.

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School in the University of Cambridge is a broad administrative grouping of related faculties and other units.

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University of Cambridge is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities, the G5, the League of European Research Universities, and the International Alliance of Research Universities, and forms part of the so-called golden triangle of research intensive and southern English universities.

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In 2021, Cambridge introduced an over-subscription clause to its offers, which allows the university to withdraw acceptances if too many students meet its selective entrance criteria.

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Statistics released by the University Cambridge show that some colleges regularly receive particularly high numbers of applicants, and these colleges tend to take fewer applicants from the Pool.

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Public debate in the United Kingdom continues over whether admissions processes at Oxford and University Cambridge are entirely merit-based and fair, whether enough students from state schools are encouraged to apply to University Cambridge, and whether these students are offered sufficient admission.

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University of Cambridge has been criticised for admitting a lower percentage of Black students, though many apply.

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In January 2021, University Cambridge created foundation courses for disadvantaged students.

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University of Cambridge has research departments and teaching faculties in nearly every academic discipline, and ll research and lectures are conducted by university departments.

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Cambridge University Library is the central research library, and holds over eight million volumes.

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Cambridge University operates eight arts, cultural, and scientific museums, and a botanic garden.

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University's publishing arm, the Cambridge University Press, is the oldest printer and publisher in the world and the second largest university press in the world.

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University Cambridge Assessment plays a leading role in researching, developing, and delivering assessments across the globe.

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University of Cambridge is routinely ranked among the world's top five universities, and has sometimes been ranked as the world's best.

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University Cambridge has been highly ranked by most international and UK league tables.

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University of Cambridge is closely linked with the development of the high tech business cluster in and around Cambridge, known as Silicon Fen and sometimes referred to as the Cambridge Phenomenon.

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One privilege of student life at Cambridge is the opportunity to attend formal dinners at a student's respective college, known as Formal Hall and occurring regularly during terms and daily at some of the university's colleges.

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University Cambridge has an athletic track at Wilberforce Road, an indoor cricket school, and Fenner's cricket ground.

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In biology, University of Cambridge alumni include Charles Darwin, famous for developing the theory of natural selection and explaining evolution, is an alumnus of Christ's College.

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University Cambridge is widely considered the birthplace of the computer; mathematician and father of the computer Charles Babbage designed the world's first computing system as early as the mid-1800s.

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University of Cambridge has a strong reputation in the field of politics, having educated:.

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University of Cambridge alumni are responsible some of the world's greatest advances in technology, and several have gone on to found or co-found leading technology companies, including:.

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University Cambridge was mentioned as early as the 14th century in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.

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University Cambridge has been the setting for all or parts of numerous novels, including Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Rose Macaulay's They Were Defeated, and Tom Sharpe's Porterhouse Blue.

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