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Frequently asked questions
About past students
The University’s Student Registry verifies full time Cambridge degrees for official purposes such as employment. Requests for verification should be made in writing, giving as detailed information as possible for the individual and qualification(s) concerned and the reason for your enquiry, such as background check for employment.
Further information is available on the Student Registry’s webpage.
For enquiries before 1900 (including women) there is now an online database of Cambridge alumni, which is searchable in a number of ways.
For dates between 1900 and approximately 1940, please contact the University archivist. You may find the attached guide, kindly compiled by the archivist, helpful in locating the information you seek.
Recruitment opportunities for students and graduates of the University are handled by the Careers Service, which is available to alumni throughout their lives.
Contact information and full list of the services available to recruiters can be found on the Careers Service website.
Please email us with the individual's details and we will update our records and notify the relevant College.
Please note that due to space restrictions we are not able to print obituaries in CAM. However Colleges' publications may do so - please enquire with the relevant College's development and alumni relations office directly.
An alumnus/alumna of the University is someone who has both matriculated within the University and studied within the University on an approved course.
What communication is there between the University's Development and Alumni Relations office and alumni?
For Alumni Groups
We publicise events run by officially recognised alumni groups on our website. If you would like us to add your event to our website or require further information, please email email@example.com. We also undertake recruitment emails for groups - please get in touch if you would like to find out more about this.
We regret that it is not possible for us to advertise group events in CAM or the monthly alumni e-newsletter due to space constraints.
Alumni are entitled to a wide range of benefits including a CAMCard which entitles you to membership of the University Centre, free entrance to College grounds (when open to visitors) and discounts from Cambridge University Press, Heffers, local hotels and restaurants, and more. Alumni can also sign up for Cantab.net, the University's email for life service.
For details of the benefits available to alumni, please see our 'Alumni benefits' page.
You could also check out the various local hotels with which you can get a discount on production of your CAMCard. For other accommodation options please see the tourist information website or telephone +44 (0) 1223 457581.
Find out how to get a copy of your degree certificate, academic transcript or a letter verifying your study at the University on our 'About your degree' webpage.
Please email us to make an initial enquiry, making sure you give us as much relevant information as possible - details that are most useful include:
- Full name, including any initials and previous names (eg maiden name) while at the University
- Subject(s) and Cambridge degree(s)
- Matriculation and/or graduation year (or an approximation thereof)
If we do have their details on our database, we won't be able to release them to you, but we may be able to contact them on your behalf. Please note that we are not able to confirm whether we have contact details in the event that we are able to identify the alumnus/a/i/ae you seek for data protection reasons.
All alumni are able to join the University's official LinkedIn group and may post discussions and other items of interest there.
The alumni magazine, CAM, also carries advertisements; if you would like to advertise in CAM, please contact our media agent, Landmark at firstname.lastname@example.org and +44 (0)20 7520 9474.
We are always delighted to receive your letters and encourage the debate that inevitably arises from these communications. Letters that are not included in the print edition will be posted on our CAM webpages.
The Development and Alumni Relations office looks after the University's alumni database.
We keep in touch with all University alumni, provide services to them and maintain relationships with potential and existing donors. Colleges also have alumni databases and the University and the Colleges co-ordinate their approaches.
The University updates its database with information provided primarily from alumni themselves, but also from Colleges and from Cambridge in America (the University's affiliate office in the USA).
Would you like to know more?
Our full data protection statement can be found at www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/data-protection.
The University's Development and Alumni Relations office has provided an online service so that you can view and modify the contact details we hold for you and manage your e-communication preferences. In order to keep your information safe, this is password protected.
You will need:
1) Your alumni number - this can be found on your CAMCard, the address carrier sheet that comes with your alumni magazine or a recent edition of the e-newsletter. If you do not know your alumni number, you can fill in our online update form.
2) The name of your first College - this is the College where you studied for your first Cambridge qualification. If you did not attend a College please fill in our online update form.
3) Your date of birth
You can choose what type of alumni communications you receive from the University and how much to interact with the alumni website by logging in. However, if you want to opt out of this facility entirely, please email email@example.com with the subject 'I opt out' or call +44 (0)1223 760163.