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Lucy Cavendish aims to provide the best of Cambridge’s education and research to all students.

Our mission

Lucy Cavendish College’s mission is to attract, support and unlock the potential of students from non-traditional and underrepresented backgrounds who are driven by a desire to make a difference and who are committed to having a positive and lasting impact on society.

Our ethos - in the words of our students, staff, and researchers

  • “Inclusive”, “Friendly”, “Supportive”. 
  • “Global”, “Dynamic”, “Transformative”. 
  • “Outward-facing”, “Impactful”, “Inspiring”.

Our Admissions Policy

We are proud to take a bold stance on widening participation in admissions. We have three specific targets:

1. To admit a majority of our students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds

2. To have a student population that is representative of UK society by 2025

3. To increase our number of international students from underrepresented countries

For academically outstanding students seeking an unrivaled education and a community that reflects modern society, Lucy Cavendish offers a unique environment in the heart of the historic university that all can truly call home.

Our Global community

Lucy Cavendish College is a truly global student community and international students make up a significant proportion of our student population. Our world map shows the countries from where Lucy students come.

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Our Values

  • Rigorous: we are committed to the highest academic and professional standards
  • Ethical: we act with integrity and are open and accountable
  • Collaborative: we are a supportive global community with a friendly, engaging approach
  • Inclusive: we are committed to equality and diversity with respect for the dignity of all
  • Enabling: we look for potential and provide opportunities for a positive impact on the world
  • Dynamic: we work with energy, enthusiasm, innovation and positivity


We are engaged in cutting edge, world-class research