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Engaging and diverse programming develops individuals and strengthens the Scholar community.

Being a student at the University of Cambridge presents you with many opportunities for academic development alongside social and cultural activities. In addition to University and College events, the Gates Cambridge community hosts a wide range of events to enable its diverse members to form a strong and vibrant community at and beyond Cambridge. These are summarised below.

Example Trust-led events

  • Orientation (new Scholars) - a four-day programme for new Scholars to get to know each other and the Cambridge system. Much of it is spent getting muddy in the beautiful Lake District.
  • Welcome Dinner (new Scholars) - once new Scholars have cleaned off the mud of orientation, the Trust holds a formal welcome dinner for new arrivals.
  • Annual Lecture (all) - a new but important event where a eminent speaker talks on a topic of importance and current interest - the entire Cambridge community is welcome.
  • Graduation Dinner (current Scholars) - a formal dinner to celebrate the graduating class of Scholars.

Example Scholars' Council and Scholar-led events

  • Academic events: e.g. Scholar Symposia at which Scholars speak to the community on their topic for five minutes and take questions.
  • Social and cultural events: e.g. Annual Gala, Winter Party, Thanksgiving Dinner, Scholarship swaps and trips outside Cambridge.
  • Scholar-led activities: outreach work, language tables, film and literature clubs and much more.

Learning for Purpose

Cambridge post-graduate study is a unique and powerful time to not only gain valuable skills within one’s field or discipline, but also to develop cross-cutting skills and experiences often absent in scholars’ usual degree-centred training. Learning for Purpose is designed to address this gap and support a wide-ranging set of paths and interests in the diverse scholar community. The programme is organised by Scholars with the support of the Trust, and all are encouraged to participate and get involved. For more information visit