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Postgraduate Admissions


Postgraduate students at Cambridge are supported by two Student Unions – Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) and the Graduate Union (GU), which represent student interests and ensure student’s voices are heard in decision making processes at the University. CUSU represents all Cambridge students and the Graduate Union represents all postgraduate students at the University, and mature undergraduate students. GU is one of the only students’ unions in the UK that works exclusively with postgraduate students.

Both Unions fund the Students’ Unions’ Advice Service, which provides all Cambridge students with free confidential, independent and impartial advice.

The GU is run by a Board of elected sabbatical and student officers, and in the interest of representing postgraduate and mature undergraduate students, their focus is on four key areas: representationserviceswelfare and events.

The main objectives of the Graduate Union are stated in its Constitution. These objects are the advancement of education of postgraduate students at the University and any other persons who are members of the Union by:

  • promoting the interests and welfare of postgraduate students and other members of the Union, and providing support and advice to them
  • being a recognised representative channel between postgraduate students (other than those who are not members of the Union) and the University and bodies external to the University
  • providing social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities and fora for discussions and debate for the personal development of postgraduate students and any other persons who are members of the Union. One of the most significant fora for students is the GU Council, the policy-making body of the Graduate Union. Every college is represented on GU Council, often by their President or another MCR Committee Member, and has one vote. The MCR is an organisation in each College that represents the interests of its postgraduate students.

The Graduate Union also offers a range of facilities and services to help students throughout their degrees. These include printing, thesis binding, gown hire, and room booking, but also weekly events such as Parent and Toddler Coffee Morning, free Yoga sessions, and more.

More details are available on the Graduate Union website, on the GU Facebook page, and on Twitter.