Welcome to the Gonville & Caius MCR website!
Caius (pronounce ‘Keys’ or you will get your ears boxed by a Caian – ‘Key-an’) is one of the oldest and largest colleges in Cambridge. The Caius MCR (short for ‘Middle Combination Room’, as opposed to the ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’ Combination Rooms where undergraduates and Fellows, respectively, meet to socialise) is known for its welcoming social events. The Caius MCR is also basically the Caius Graduate Union.
The events we organise include dining events known as ‘Superhall’, a lavish Christmas Dinner, weekly “Port Nights” (where grads enjoy free port in the MCR), several bops (dance parties) a year, Summer X (an all-day garden party/bop), pub quizzes, a bi-monthly roster of MCR-SCR talks (during which a graduate student a fellow each give a 20 minute presentation of their research), green allotments for growing your own herbs and veggies, and a healthy smattering of other, less regularly scheduled events.
We’re a friendly bunch — small enough in number to create a vivid sense of community, but large and diverse enough to cater to a student body of true depth and brilliance — with MPhils and PhDs from across the world conducting research across the full gamut of disciplines. Wherever you’re from, whatever you study, and however you enjoy spending your time, we hope you’ll feel at home in the Caius MCR.
We’re also proud to say that, in keeping with its commitment to academic excellence, Caius is by far among the most generous colleges in terms of studentships and other funding opportunities it offers to graduate students. Unlike almost every other college, Caius offers several studentships each year that provide a stipend in addition to covering all university and College fees. For a detailed description of the array of financial support available for applicants, please visit the College’s Postgraduate Finance page.
Contacting the Admissions Office
If you have a question about graduate admissions, you may well find the answer on the main college website: http://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or would like to seek clarification or advice on any matter, please contact the Admissions Office. Alternatively, please feel free to contact either the MCR President or Vice-President at (see MCR Committee section for e-addresses), respectively, with any questions.