Cambridge is rich in cultural diversity. From beautiful University and College buildings, museums and art galleries, quaint gardens and punts on the River Cam, to a vibrant restaurant and café scene, our employees are surrounded by the wonderful features of this unique city.
You can find a wide-range of high street shops and 3 shopping centres, with independent alternatives at the historic market and nestled within the passageways in the city centre. You will find a cinema, bowling alley, a nightclub and various live performances At the Cambridge Leisure Park, with further entertainment options at the Corn Exchange, Arts Theatre and the ADC Theatre. Further information can be found on the Visit Cambridge website.
If you prefer the faster pace of life, London is a 45 minute train journey away. For those travelling from overseas, Stansted Airport is just 45 minutes away and Heathrow Airport under 2 hours away. The University is a short distance from a host of other attractions such as Ely Cathedral, Newmarket Races and various wildlife parks and stately homes. Cambridge is also within easy reach of the beautiful Broads and coastlines of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Further information about attractions in and around Cambridge can be found at Visit Cambridge, the official tourism website for the city.
The University has a Community Affairs team which supports community and outreach work. Its activities offer opportunities to employees and the public to become involved in various charitable programmes and educational events such as:
- The Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which is the only free arts, humanities and social sciences Festival in the UK and offers hundreds of presentations, workshops, film screenings and performances.
- The Cambridge Science Festival, which offers many talks and hands-on activities which celebrate the ways in which science, technology, engineering and mathematics are changing our lives.
- Open Cambridge, a weekend when a diverse range of University and non-University establishments open their doors and offer exclusive behind the scenes visits of their venues.
The annual Bridge the Gap charity walk through the Cambridge colleges.
The University helps new employees settle in through central University induction events and local induction activities. We also provide a range of essential information through our online learning packages. These cover various topics, including induction, equal opportunities and health and safety.
Additional support is offered to those new to Cambridge in the form of the Newcomers and Visiting Scholars Group. It helps newly arrived wives, husbands, partners and families of Visiting Scholars and Senior Members of the University to settle down in Cambridge and gives them an opportunity to meet local people.
The University of Cambridge welcome and support individuals from under-represented groups and have various staff networks which help to progress equality; these include the Women’s Staff Network, the Disabled Staff Network, the Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff Network. We also hold a wide-range of Equality and Diversity events on a regular basis.
The University was ranked in the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2011.