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

The complete 2020 edition of the Statutes and Ordinances is now available in PDF format from the links below. This 2020 edition, published in March 2021 following delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, incorporates all amendents approved during the 2019–20 academic year. The interim November 2020 edition, incorporating changes made from 1 October 2019 to 16 April 2020, has been archived.

Statutes and Ordinances, 2020 [complete edition]

The links below are to the relevant section of the PDF of the 2020 edition, which incorporates changes approved from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020.

Statutes and Ordinances, 2020 Edition

COMPLETE VOLUME (pp. i–1136)

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7.34 MB file size

Contents and preliminaries

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including title page, imprints, historical note, seals, and preface - 156 KB file size

Index to the Statutes and Ordinances

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115 KB file size

 

Statutes

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Statute A: The Chancellor and the Government of the University

    3–13

81 KB

Statute B: Membership of the University and Degrees

  14–15

36 KB

Statute C: University Offices and Employment in the University

  16–21

50 KB

Schedule to Statute C: Academic Staff

  22–27

46 KB

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

  28–30

39 KB

Statute E: Trusts

  31–45

103 KB

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

  46

28 KB

Statute G: Colleges and Collegiate Foundations

  47–52

55 KB

Statute J: The University Press

  53

27 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

57 KB

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

  72

73 KB

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

  72–96

172 KB

Special Ordinances under Statute D: Discipline and the University Courts

  96–100

100 KB

Special Ordinances under Statute G: Colleges and Collegiate Foundations
 

 100

47 KB


Ordinances

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Chapter I: The Chancellor and the Government of the University

 103–163

2.07 MB

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

 164–242

417 KB

Chapter III: Examinations

 243–257

92 KB

Chapter IV: Preliminary Examinations and Tripos Examinations

 258–440

866 KB

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

 441–442

31 KB

Chapter VI: Graduate Students [rescinded]

 443

16 KB

Chapter VII: Degrees, Diplomas, and Other Qualifications

 444–601

751 KB

Chapter VIII: Schools and Councils of the Schools

 602–606

45 KB

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

 607–675

356 KB

Chapter X: Institutions under the Supervision of the Council

 676–677

32 KB

Chapter XI: University Offices and Grants of Title

 678–769

441 KB

Chapter XII: Trusts

 770–1044

1.36 MB

Chapter XIII: Finance and Property

1045–1081

357 KB

Chapter XIV: Colleges

1082–1109

128 KB

Chapter XV: Institutions Recognized under Statute G I

1110

16 KB

Appendix I: Procedures and Guidelines

1111–1114

43 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 | Nov 2020

The online editions of the Statutes and Ordinances from previous years are available above. These editions were published in October of the relevant year and DO NOT incorporate any amendments made during the subsequent academic year. The November 2020 edition incorporates amendments from 1 October 2019 to 16 April 2020 and is only available in pdf format.

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.