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University policies and procedures


Changing Colleges

It is not normally possible for a student to transfer from one College to another. Colleges will only agree to consider transfers on an exceptional basis and when there are compelling grounds for doing so. Any transfer of a student is subject to the agreement of both the outgoing and incoming Colleges.

For queries please contact the Chair of the College Transfer Panel at transfers@ois.cam.ac.uk.


Changing courses

In order to ensure that Departments and Faculties are made aware of students transferring into or out of their Tripos, and in other cases where students’ course details change, Colleges are asked to complete this Student Course Change form.

Please note that the form should be completed as soon as a student’s request to change subject has been approved internally within the College, including any progress requirements that the College may have set. Only then should it be sent to the relevant University bodies.

Circumstances in which the form should be completed:

  • The College has agreed to a student changing Tripos.
  • A student changes Tripos as a natural result of course choices: for example moving into Chemical Engineering after completing Part IA Engineering, or moving into Part IB Natural Sciences after completing Part IA Mathematics with Physics.
  • A student is given permission by the Examination Access and Mitigation Committee to intermit or to repeat all or part of a year.
  • An appeal launched by a student (either in the College or in the University) results in a change in the student’s study plan; for instance the student is permitted to continue into Part III after having first been denied permission.
  • Any other student circumstance that might affect a Department.

Once complete, the form should be sent to relevant administrative staff in both the new and previous Departments. In the case of the Natural Sciences Tripos, the form should be sent to the Coordinator for the Natural Sciences Tripos in Educational Quality and Policy (Student Services Centre, New Museums Site, or email to natsci@admin.cam.ac.uk). Copies should also be sent to the relevant Directors of Studies, Tutor and Tutorial Office.


Confidentiality

This document is good practice guidance for Colleges to use as they wish, on student confidentiality arrangements in a welfare context.


Death of a student

This document is a template for Colleges to create procedural aspects for the death of a student.


Admissions

Undergraduate admissions guidance for College staff can be found in the CAO's Undergraduate Admissions Handbook (Raven-protected).

For postgraduate admissions guidance for College staff please go to the PAO's Moodle site.


Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) survey

The Student Registry contacts graduands 6 months after completion of their course to undertake a survey of the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DHLE) on behalf of the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA). Colleges receive request for personal contact details of postgraduate students completing their study during that term, undergraduates annually (usually in May) and one Year postgraduate students (for example Diplomas and Certificates) by 31 July of that year.

Coded information from the survey is sent to HESA and used in anonymised form primarily for statistical analysis. The University also uses such information to prepare statistical analyses about postgraduate destinations. Data is published on the CamDATA: course information and statistics website and is also available on the Careers Service website.

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