Welcome to the Insurance Section

The Insurance Section is part of the Finance Division, and has responsibility for University insurance matters.

We are responsible for overseeing all insurance matters relating to the University and its staff and students. We issue the University’s insurance policy, published in the Cambridge University Reporter, which offers comprehensive advice to staff on all insurance matters that may affect them during the course of their work. Our team is also able to provide specialist advice on particular issues to University institutions and to individuals.

The University provides insurance for employees who are required to travel overseas for business and also for members of supervised departmental field trips. We provide information about this scheme and offer guidance on the application process.

How the Insurance Section uses personal information

Information provided for the of purpose of arranging insurance cover or making a claim against the University’s insurance policies will used and stored by the University of Cambridge’s Finance Division solely for the contractual or legitimate business purposes for which it has been provided.

The information may be shared with the University’s insurers and/or insurance intermediaries solely for the purpose for which the information has been provided. Insurers may use and share your information with other parties where they are required or permitted to do so by law to validate information and to prevent fraud and money laundering.

See Information Compliance for details of how we handle personal information.


Members of the University should always follow the advice of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (F&CO). No travel should be made to regions with a strict "no travel" rating. For less severe ratings the wording of the guidance should be interpreted conservatively. Where a region has the rating "essential travel only" journeys to that area should be avoided.

The University's travel insurers advise against travel to regions with a negative F&CO rating, however where members of the University are already in such a region our insurers will do their best to arrange medical assistance and provide other elements of the cover. Anyone in a region with a negative F&CO rating should contact the insurance office at insurance.section.online@admin.cam.ac.uk or (0)1223 332216 or 339659.

The University's travel insurers will consider claims for cancellation of trips due to negative F&CO guidance where bookings for flights and accommodation were made prior to negative advice from the F&CO. Evidence of the booking date will be required as part of the claims process. If you need to make a claim for cancellation of a trip due to negative F&CO guidance please contact the insurance office at insurance.section.online@admin.cam.ac.uk.