Clare Hall (University of Cambridge)

College & Education

Europe, United Kingdom, Cambridgeshire

Clare Hall is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England. It is a college for advanced study, admitting only postgraduate students. Informality is a defining value at Clare Hall and this contributes to its unique character. Unlike other colleges in the university, Clare Hall does not have a high table at meals or a senior common room, and it is a single society for all social functions and in the use of the various college common rooms and other facilities. This encourages interaction between graduate students, distinguished visiting fellows and other senior members, aided also by the wide variety of national backgrounds and research interests of the members. The interaction between members of Clare Hall is encouraged also by college seminars, lunchtime discussions and formal lecture series. The latter includes the annual series of lectures relating to human values, given by a distinguished international scholar and sponsored by the Tanner Foundation. They also include the annual Ashby lecture, given by a visiting fellow, and the more frequent ASH seminar (arts, social sciences and history) that were initiated by some of the visiting life members. Other events include art exhibitions, films and small concerts which supplement the wealth of music available in the university. The college retains strong links with scholars, universities and political and industry leaders in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Europe and America. This provides a culturally rich and professionally diverse environment for academic research. Distinguished academics from universities all over the world intending to visit Cambridge during a period of study leave may apply to the college, and the Fellowship Committee recommends successful candidates for election for up to one year. Other facilities in the college grounds include a sports complex with a multi-gym and swimming pool and an adjacent tennis court. It also boasts the finest dining room, food & wine and Formal Hall as rated by Varsity, a Cambridge University student run magazine. The university athletics track is a short run from the main college buildings. It is one of the smallest colleges with 145 graduate students but around 125 Fellows, making it the highest Fellow to Student ratio at Cambridge University.