Statutes and Ordinances

The Statutes and Ordinances provide the constitutional framework that allows the University to govern its affairs. The Statutes contain the fundamental constitutional and governance provisions of the University and are subject to approval by Her Majesty in Council. Special Ordinances contain detailed provisions arising from the governance framework provided in the Statutes. Ordinances are detailed regulations and procedures covering all aspects of University business. Revised editions of the Statutes and Ordinances are published annually (usually in October) and previous editions, from 2008 to the present, are available below for reference. Amendments, published in the Reporter throughout the year, are also collated below on a termly basis.

Publication of Statutes and Ordinances 2020

Normally the Statutes and Ordinances published in October each year provides an up-to-date version incorporating all changes approved in the previous academical year. However, as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its production, this November 2020 edition includes only changes approved in the period from 1 October 2019 to 16 April 2020. An updated version in January 2021 will incorporate the changes approved in the period from 17 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.

As the November edition is incomplete, no printed copies will be available to buy in Michaelmas Term 2020. Information on how to purchase thermal‑bound printed copies will be provided once the fully updated edition is available in January 2021.

Statutes and Ordinances, November 2020 Edition

The links below are to the relevant section of the PDF of the November 2020 edition, which incorporates changes approved from 1 October 2019 to 16 April 2020.

Statutes and Ordinances, November 2020 Edition

COMPLETE VOLUME (pp. i–1139)

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7.40 MB file size

Contents and preliminaries

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including title page, imprints, historical note, seals, and preface - 194 KB file size

Index to the Statutes and Ordinances

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193 KB file size

 

Statutes

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Statute A: The Chancellor and the Government of the University

    3–13

88 KB

Statute B: Membership of the University and Degrees

  14–15

40 KB

Statute C: University Offices and Employment in the University

  16–21

59 KB

Schedule to Statute C: Academic Staff

  22–27

56 KB

Statute D: Discipline, the University Courts, and Disciplinary Panels

  28–30

46 KB

Statute E: Trusts

  31–45

91 KB

Statute F: Finance, Audit, Planning and Resource Allocation, Property and Buildings

  46

36 KB

Statute G: Colleges and Collegiate Foundations

  47–52

58 KB

Statute J: The University Press

  53

37 KB

Passages from Acts of Parliament relating to the University of Cambridge,
Procedure for making a Statute for a College,
Rules of Procedure made by the Commissary under Statute A IX 7

 

  54–61

59 KB


Special Ordinances

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Special Ordinances under Statute A: The Chancellor and the Government of the University

  65–71

64 KB

Special Ordinances under Statute B: Membership of the University and Degrees

  71–72

38 KB

Special Ordinances under Statute C: University Offices and Employment in the University

  72–95

129 KB

Special Ordinances under Statute D: Discipline and the University Courts

  95–100

63 KB

Special Ordinances under Statute G: Colleges and Collegiate Foundations
 

 100

37 KB


Ordinances

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Chapter I: The Chancellor and the Government of the University

 103–163

2,128 KB

Chapter II: Matriculation, Residence, Admission to Degrees, Discipline, Conduct, Complaints

 164–245

435 KB

Chapter III: Examinations

 246–259

93 KB

Chapter IV: Preliminary Examinations and Tripos Examinations

 260–442

866 KB

Chapter V: B.A. Degree and M.A. Degree

 443–444

42 KB

Chapter VI: Graduate Students [rescinded]

 445–449

57 KB

Chapter VII: Degrees, Diplomas, and Other Qualifications

 450–606

736 KB

Chapter VIII: Schools and Councils of the Schools

 607–611

55 KB

Chapter IX: Faculties, Departments, and Other Institutions under the Supervision of the General Board

 612–681

360 KB

Chapter X: Institutions under the Supervision of the Council

 682–683

41 KB

Chapter XI: University Offices and Grants of Title

 684–772

431 KB

Chapter XII: Trusts

 773–1047

1,374 KB

Chapter XIII: Finance and Property

1048–1084

357 KB

Chapter XIV: Colleges

1085–1112

134 KB

Chapter XV: Institutions Recognized under Statute G I

1113

17 KB

Appendix I: Procedures and Guidelines

1114–1117

50 KB
 

Amendments to the Statutes and Ordinances

Amendments to the Statutes and Ordinances will be published here, usually on a termly basis:

Previous Editions of the Statutes and Ordinances

Year: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 |2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

The online editions of the Statutes and Ordinances from previous years are available above. Please note that these editions were published in October of the relevant year and DO NOT incorporate any amendments made during the subsequent academical year.

In February 2014, the previous Statutes were repealed and new Statutes and Special Ordinances came into force. For ease of reference, a spreadsheet has been created to help with cross-referencing between the previous Statutes and the current Statutes and Special Ordinances: pdf version   Excel spreadsheet. Appendix II of the Report of the Council on the Technical Review of the Statutes of 28 June 2012, which contains colour-coded cross-references and explanation, may also prove useful.