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Graduate support and events

The MCR have a full schedule of events for the first week in October to let you meet your fellow Catz students and become acquainted with life in Cambridge!

For more information on the events due to take place, please visit the MCR website at

Freshers Week will conclude with the Matriculation dinner on the evening of Monday 8th October. Please complete the Graduate Matriculation Dinner form by 21 September if you would like to attend.

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The Graduate Research seminars are held fornightly on Monday lunchtimes during term time  and bring together St Catharine's Fellows and Graduates in an informal setting. They are an opportunity for St Catharine's Graduates to present their research to a non-specialised audience. Talks range across all disciplines and once each term, a Research Fellow is also invited to give a talk.

Seminars are held in the SCR where a free buffet lunch is available starting at 12.45pm and seminars start at 1pm and last about 30 minutes. A further 15 minutes lively discussion takes place after the talk, with seminars concluding at 1.45pm.

Details of the previous year's programme are given on the link above, with this year's programme to follow at the start of term.

Twice a year all Graduate students are invited to formal dinners with the Master and Fellows. The Gostlin dinner is held in Michaelmas Term, followed by the Fellows' and Graduates' dinner in Lent Term. At the end of Easter Term  a Garden Party is held in the Sherlock Court. You will receive a formal invitation to these events a month in advance by the Graduate Office.

The College Chaplain is the Rev’d David Neaum. He trained for the Anglican (Church of England) priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge, and served in the parish of Marnhull, Dorset, and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, before coming to St Catharine’s. David has degrees in both philosophy and theology and is currently completing a doctorate through the Faculty of Divinity.

David is available to talk to anyone, of any faith or none. If you wish to speak with someone in confidence on any matter, be it to do with work, money, stress, relationships, family, homesickness, addictions, or simply being ‘you’, the Chaplain is there to listen. You may even have something to celebrate!

Please never feel isolated or that there is no-one to talk to. David can help if you wish to be put in touch with your own faith leaders and communities or if you would like spiritual direction, guided reading, the opportunity to talk about your faith or doubts or to share in prayer.

The welfare of students is a high priority for the College and new postgraduate students are welcome to make an appointment for an informal conversation in the first few weeks of term. To do this, either speak with David when you see him around College, or contact him by e-mail:

As a Graduate student with more specialist needs, the University or Faculty libraries will be your main source of books and jorunals, however St Catharine's has two working libraries on the main site that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Induction sessions are not compulsory for postgraduate members of College, but there will be guided tours offered during the first week of term. Alternatively, feel free to approach the Librarian or Assistant Librarian directly to learn how our collections can help you with your studies.

The College Library also facilitates access to a wide range of electronic resources maintained by the University. We're as happy to provide assistance with ejournals and databases as we are with printed books and medieval manuscripts. So let us know if you need help with any of these.

More information about the College libraries (we have two) can be found by following the link above. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the librarian, Colin Higgins, directly by email ( We look forward to meeting you in October.

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