Members Entitlements and Services

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MA Degree

The main Congregation for newly eligible MA alumni next year will be on Saturday 20th May, 2017 at 10.00am.

This will be for the matriculation year of 2010

The Praelector’s Office will attempt to contact all those newly eligible, early in January 2017. 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, or by telephone on 01223 338404.

MA Dining Privileges

Members of the College who are Masters of Arts are welcome to dine at the High Table four times a year, and to take wine in the Combination Room after dinner; there is no charge either for dinner or for wine. (Please note that there are likely to be a few occasions each year on which MAs cannot be accommodated in this way – e.g. special dinners or other College entertainments.)

We regret that, for reasons of space, MAs exercising this privilege may not bring guests, except that once a year an MA may apply for permission to bring (and pay for) a guest. The MA privileges described above also apply to all members of the College who hold a Cambridge doctorate, whether or not they are MAs.

If you wish to dine, please give notice to the Catering Office, either in writing (The Catering Manager, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ) or by email ( or by telephone (01223 338547, between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday). Please also let us know if there is/are any Fellow(s) whom you would particularly like to meet when you come to dine (though of course we cannot guarantee that they will be able to dine on the night when you come). Dinner is at 8 pm during Full Term and at 7.30 pm 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.

While MAs are welcome to dine as a party, please note that the total number of MAs and guests dining on any one night is normally limited to 6.

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

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, second only in grandeur to our own Wren Library.  You may also benefit from a 10% discount on all purchases at Heffers bookshop and, if you wish to order over the phone, take advantage of free post 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.