An exceptional year: 2022 examination results

Friday 16 September 2022


The College is proud to announce an exceptional set of results for the cohort of students who sat University examinations in 2021–22. Given the challenges that the current cohort of students faced since the start of the pandemic, it is particularly remarkable that St Catharine's:

  • Came top of all Colleges for the percentage of students (53.3%) who achieved First Class degrees in the final year of their studies, including integrated Master’s degrees;
  • Ranked second highest for the percentage of all year groups who achieved First Class results (38.5%; the University average was 29.9%); and
  • Came fifth for the percentage of all year groups who achieved either First Class or Upper Second Class results (83.4%).

In September 2022, the University of Cambridge’s Information Hub released 2021–22 examinations results for each College across a number of metrics1. This year’s assessments were conducted in a range of formats: in-person and remotely (with or without online proctoring). Due to the change in formats for examinations, it would not be appropriate to make direct comparison to previous years; however, it is interesting to note that 34.2% of finalists achieved Firsts in 2019.

Across the entire University data set, there is a gender gap in the proportion of students being awarded First Class results: nine percentage points different separate students identifying as male from their female counterparts. This gap is noticeably narrower – fewer than three percentage points – for St Catharine’s finalists. 

Dr Holly Canuto (2020), Senior Tutor at St Catharine’s, commented:

“I am delighted with how our students approached the examination period this summer and they should be proud of these exceptional and well-deserved results. The College has earned a reputation for leading the way in student welfare provision in Cambridge, thanks to the generosity of our donors, and we are convinced this provides the optimal conditions for our students to succeed and thrive, regardless of their background. Any student at St Catharine’s who has concerns about with their degree is offered a range of support: from the world-class teaching provided by our Fellows, to the health and wellbeing expertise of our wider student welfare team."


1. University of Cambridge. Information Hub. Available online: