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MA Degree

In the January of the relevant year, the Praelector’s Office will contact all those newly eligible for their MA Degree. If you have not received any information, this may be because we do not have your up-to-date mailing address and email contact address. You can update this information yourself on CamSIS by registering for Extended Self-Service.

Please ensure that we have your up-to-date mailing address and email contact address. You can update this information yourself on CamSIS by registering for Extended Self-Service.

If you are interested in having your MA conferred, but have not yet received any information either by post or email, please contact the Praelector’s Assistant, Mrs Janice Chambers, via [email protected], or by telephone on 01223 338404.

MA Dining Privileges

September 2021: Regrettably, it is not yet possible to book alumni dining in College but we will let you know when the situation changes. You can find below full details about your Dining Privileges under normal circumstances.

The College is pleased to welcome back Members of the College on up to four occasions per year to dine at High Table, at no charge. Wine may be taken in the Combination Room following dinner, also at no charge.

To be eligible to take advantage of these Dining Privileges you must either:

  • have Matriculated and completed a BA degree at Trinity and hold the status of (or be eligible to be awarded) the Cambridge MA;

or:

  • have Matriculated and completed the minimum of a 1 year course (e.g. MLitt, MPhil, PhD), and be at least six years and one term since your Matriculation

Please note:

  • There are likely to be a number of occasions each year on which MAs cannot be accommodated in this way – e.g. special dinners or other College events
    • Out of term time, High Table may, unfortunately, be cancelled at relatively short notice due to a small number of Fellows dining that day. Any cancellations will be communicated with as much notice as possible.
  • For reasons of space, MAs may not bring guests when exercising their Dining Privilege. Once per year, an MA may apply for the Vice-Master’s permission to bring (and pay for) a guest.
  • Again, due to limited space, there are a limited number of places available each day. We regret that groups numbering greater than six in size will not be able to dine using their MA Dining Privileges (if larger groups would like to dine in College, please contact [email protected] to find out more about available packages).

If you wish to dine, the first step is to enquire with the Catering Office for availability, either in writing (The Catering Manager, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ) or by email ([email protected]) or by telephone (01223 338547 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday).

Please also let us know if there are any Fellows whom you would particularly like to meet when you come to dine (although, of course, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to dine on the night when you come). A list of upcoming alumni diners is published in the Fellows’ Parlour each week.

Dinner is at 8pm during Full Term and at 7.30pm in vacation; sherry is available in the Fellows’ Parlour half-an-hour beforehand. Please note that a gown should be worn only by those MAs who are resident in Cambridge.

Hiring a Trinity Punt

September 2021: Self-punting is also now available on production of your Members’ Card – the rule of six applies. Garrett Hostel Lane are offering chauffeur punts for up to six. The punts are accessed from outside the Brewhouse Gate and you will be required to sign in. For further information please contact the Puntman on 01223 338483.

Staying in College

September 2021: Regrettably, it is not yet possible to book alumni accommodation in College. We will let you know when the situation changes. If you have any questions please contact us.

Access to University Library for MAs

Cambridge MAs are entitled to use the University Library and to borrow 10 books for eight weeks. In order to obtain a Reader’s Ticket, you will need to make an appointment with the Library’s Admission Office at least the day before you would like to use the Library. You will need to provide two pieces of supporting documentation, ie personal ID and current proof of home address. If you have only recently received your MA, you should also bring your MA certificate with you.

University Library Admissions Office

Opening hours:
Monday-Thursday 09.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00
Friday 09.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.45
Saturday 09.30-12.45

Contact details
Telephone 01223 333030
Email [email protected]

Visiting the College and your Members’ Card

September 2021 -Please note: Alumni may now visit the external areas of the College.

You do not need to arrange your visit in advance, and you may bring a maximum of four guests. Please show your Trinity Members’ Card at the Porters’ Lodge at Great Gate, or at the Queen’s Road end of The Avenue. You will be required to take a temperature check on arrival. If you have any questions, or require a Members’ Card, please contact us.


Most Colleges, especially those including Trinity that are on the river, need to control visitor numbers. Quiet study, especially in the early summer before Tripos, and large numbers of tourists do not mix well.

All Colleges make an exception for members of the University, whether currently resident or returning for a visit. We have produced the Trinity College Members’ Card so that you can show it at the Great Gate, where you will normally be welcomed and without further question.  Please note that very occasionally there may be exceptional circumstances which will result in members and their guests not being able to gain entry to some areas of the College. We would, however, ask that you respect the privacy of current members living in College and note that it is generally not possible to visit one’s old rooms.

Your Members’ Card should also enable you to visit any other College or College building, including King’s College Chapel.  You are also entitled to a 10% discount on all purchases at Heffers bookshop and, if you wish to order over the phone, take advantage of free postage and packing in the UK.

If you do not already have a Members’ Card, or have lost it, please contact the Alumni Relations & Development Office and one will be sent out to you.

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