University of Cambridge

One of the world’s leading universities, committed to excellence in teaching and research across a broad range of disciplines.


The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s leading universities, committed to excellence in teaching and research across a broad range of disciplines.

The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. To date, 110 affiliates of the University have won the Nobel Prize.

Founded in 1209, the University comprises 31 autonomous Colleges, which admit undergraduates and provide small-group tuition, and 150 departments, faculties and institutions. Cambridge is a global university. Its 19,000 student body includes 3,700 international students from 120 countries. Cambridge researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and the University has established larger-scale partnerships in Asia, Africa and America.

The University sits at the heart of the ‘Cambridge cluster’, which employs 60,000 people and has in excess of £12 billion in turnover generated annually by the 4,700 knowledge-intensive firms in and around the city. The city publishes 341 patents per 100,000 residents.

The University’s Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI)  has been described as the academic ‘engine room’ of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.  It is one of the eleven Interdisciplinary Research Centres established by the University to find solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing humanity.  The Institute comprises a network of about 150 researchers drawn from all six core Schools within the University: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Technology.

It is committed to interdisciplinary collaboration, delivering an ambitious programme of research that brings the natural sciences and technology into intellectual dialogue with the arts, humanities and social sciences.  For example, many collaborative projects with conservation organisations are highlighted below.   The Institute has a core role in the MPhil in Conservation Leadership, a University of Cambridge graduate programme, delivered in collaboration with the wider CCI partners, and in the broader University-wide learning agenda in relation to sustainability.


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The University of Cambridge Judge Business School hosts the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Executive Director’s Office.

As well as undertaking a broad range of impactful research, the University has a vision to deliver a significant and measurable improvement in the biodiversity of the University of Cambridge estate, and the Greater Cambridge Area more generally, in a manner that educates and inspires an appreciation of the natural environment, and that encourages interventions, research and innovation to enhance and protect biodiversity for future. CCI’s Executive Director, Mike Maunder, chairs the University’s Ecological Advisory Panel. The Biodiversity Action Plan is published on the University website.

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