The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and a self-governed community of scholars. Founded in 1209, it aims to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide, reflecting the high-quality original research carried out by its staff and the intellectual achievements of its students. The university employs more than 10,000 staff, while more than 12,000 undergraduate and over 7,000 postgraduate students live and work in one of the university’s 31 autonomous Colleges.

In the recent UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in universities, 47% of its research was rated as world-leading and a further 40% rated internationally excellent – one of the best results in the country. Cambridge academics have received three Nobel Prizes and a Kavli Prize since 2008 for research in the fields of physiology and medicine, chemistry and astrophysics.

The excellence and diversity of the university’s research attracts students, academics and business interest from across the world: 41% of faculty and 33% of the student body are from outside the UK. When combined with its international examination and publishing businesses, the university has an annual turnover of over £1.6 billion.

Case studies

The case studies below are just a snapshot of the range of activity taking place at the University of Cambridge. From world-class research and collaboration with industry to innovative programmes designed to improve access for all students to higher education.