Members’ Entitlements and Services

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MA Degree

The Praelector’s Office attempted to contact all those newly eligible for their MA Degree, in January 2020. If you have not yet 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 degrees@trin.cam.ac.uk, or by telephone on 01223 338404.

MA Dining Privileges

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 catering.bookings@trin.cam.ac.uk 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 (catering@trin.cam.ac.uk) 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

Punts can be hired by Trinity members at a special rate of £10 per hour, for which it will be necessary to show a members’ card. The punts are available between 11am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am and 6.30pm Saturday to Sunday. Guided tours are available at around £8-12 per person, depending on numbers (young children free).
If you require more information, please telephone the Puntman on 01223 338483.

Staying in College

Alumni may, subject to availability, book a single student guest room for their own use for a maximum of four consecutive nights. To check availability, please contact the Accommodation Office.

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 admissions@lib.cam.ac.uk

Visiting the College and your Members’ Card

Cambridge is visited by ever more tourists as each year passes.  Most Colleges, especially those like Trinity that are on the river, have been obliged to exercise ever more control over visitor numbers.  Quiet study, especially in the early summer before Tripos, and happily noisy tourists do not mix well.

All Colleges, however, make an exception for members of the University, whether currently resident or returning for a visit.  Given the press of numbers with whom our Porters have to deal, it is good to have some easy means of identification.  That is why we have produced the Trinity College Members’ Card.  If you are able to show it at the Great Gate 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.

The 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.