University of Cambridge Jesus College

University of Cambridge Jesus College

Welcome to Jesus College, one of the 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge.

We have a large community made up of undergraduates, graduates, Fellows and staff. Each College in the University is an independent self-governing body, with its own mission and valuesconstitution, endowments and income. The College chooses its own students and elects its own Master and Fellows (faculty).

The College site

Jesus College is on a single large site on a quiet side street in the centre of Cambridge. It was established between 1496 and 1516 on the site of the twelfth-century Benedictine nunnery of St Mary and St Radegund whose buildings, which included a huge church, were adapted to house it. These buildings remain at the College’s centre, and beyond them there are 24 acres of sports fields and gardens.

Undergraduate teaching

In Cambridge undergraduate teaching is shared between colleges and the University. Lectures, seminars and practical classes are the University’s responsibility, and the University conducts examinations and awards degrees. It is in the colleges that undergraduates receive the individual teaching and guidance that is the distinguishing feature, and a major strength, of the Cambridge system.

Every undergraduate has a subject-specific Director of Studies, usually a Fellow of the College, who mentors them throughout their degree course. A Director of Studies also arranges the once or twice-weekly meetings or ‘supervisions’ of small groups of students with a topic-specific teacher, who will discuss their written work and assigned reading and test their understanding of a topic. This personalised system helps students to understand extensive and complex material rapidly, and encourages intellectual rigour, freedom of thought and critical debate.

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