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Information for Undergraduate Offer Holders

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Congratulations on securing an offer to study at Girton College 

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Information for Offer Holders starting October 2022

Page updated: 12 Jan 2022.

Dear offer-holder,

First of all, congratulations on being offered a place at Girton College! I have no doubt that, when you come here, you will find it to be a vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive community where you will very quickly feel at home.

I am the Director of Chapel Music at Girton and, at this time of year, a big part of my job is making sure that offer-holders know that we are on the lookout for new singers to join our chapel choir for the forthcoming academic year. One way to do this is through the University's official choral awards scheme, to which you can apply here: Choral awards | Undergraduate Study (cam.ac.uk) or by completing the forms below.  The Choral Awards application deadline is 15 February 2022.

You can, however, contact me at any time between now and when you arrive in order to talk about the possibility of your joining us, although I'd love to hear from you sooner rather than later!

Girton choir is now one of the best chapel choirs in Cambridge with a rapidly-growing profile. We undertake at least one international tour each year, having recently been in Italy and Singapore (both in 2019), Israel & Palestine (2018), Portugal (2017), Canada (2016), and Hong Kong (2015), and make weekend visits to major British cathedrals (most recently to Gloucester, Salisbury, and St Paul's cathedrals). In July 2021, due to COVID-19, we undertook a domestic tour, visiting venues in Cambridge, Ely, and London.

In addition to Radio broadcasts (our most recent one being on BBC Radio 4 in December 2021 - you can hear part of it here: Whence is that Goodly Fragrance...? arr. George Taylor - YouTube) we have also made a CD recording each year for the past six years and are currently planning our next one. These are released internationally and have received great critical acclaim; our most recent recording reached the Top Ten of the worldwide classical charts and was nominated for a 2021 International Classical Music Award. You can listen our recordings here: https://toccataclassics.com/?s=Girton 

The choir sings two (occasionally three) services per week but the workload is often divided so that the average time commitment is usually five hours per week (with an occasional maximum of seven). There are around twenty-four singers in the choir each year and our social ethos is strong, relaxed, and friendly. You can find out more about what we do on a week-by-week basis by visiting our pages on Facebook (The Chapel Choir of Girton College, Cambridge - UK) and Instagram (girtoncollegechoir), and lots of our recordings can be heard on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, etc.

If you are interested, please do feel free to contact me at any time (gw377@cam.ac.uk), and do let me know if you’d like to meet online at any point to arrange an informal chat about singing in the choir.

I'll look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Gareth Wilson,
Director of Chapel Music,
Girton College,
Cambridge

As detailed in your offer letter, the College needs to see evidence of any application for Student Financial Support. Please complete the form below and return it to the Tutorial & Admissions Office together with any required paperwork.  This can be sent electronically as a PDF document to: applicants@girton.cam.ac.uk

Having issues with applying for Student Finance? 

A few students have contacted us as they have had trouble finding the correct course on Student Finance. Please note that on the drop down menu you must select ‘Girton College – University of Cambridge’ and then find your Undergraduate course. NOT ‘University of Cambridge – Girton College’ as this will only show you Postgraduate courses.

  • If you are having trouble with this, please see our helpful guide (PDF).
  • If you contact Student Finance, they may tell you to contact us (Girton College). Please do not do this until you have followed the above steps. 

The University of Cambridge is committed to the principle that no UK student should be deterred from studying at Cambridge because of financial difficulties, so the College and University offer generous bursaries of up to £3,500 a year depending on household income. Information on how the scheme works can be found below.

Many of you will already have sent in proof of your GCSE and AS Levels during the application process. As per your Offer Letter, we do require proof of any grades you have received.

If you have not already done this, please send in a copy of your exam certificates by emailing them to applicants@girton.cam.ac.uk by 1 August 2022.

As detailed in your offer letter, the College needs to see proof of identity for all students holding offers. To enable us to do this all offer-holders who have not already been asked to provide ID for reasons such as for fee status or immigration purposes, must provide us with a copy of a valid photographic identity document. 

Acceptable documentation is as follows: 

UK students 

  • A valid UK passport is the preferred form of ID.

If preferred form of ID is not available, then one of the following would be acceptable: 

  • Current photo-card driving licence, full or provisional, issued in the UK or Ireland which includes confirmation that the holder was born within the EEA (included next to date of birth on the card. N/K means ‘not known’ so would not be acceptable). 
  • A full birth certificate issued by UK authorities, long or short form acceptable. This includes certificates issued in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland and by UK authorities overseas such as Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces. 
  • Certificate of naturalisation or registration as a British Citizen.

EEA and Swiss students 

  • A valid passport or 
  • Current national identity card

Sending documentation

Please send a copy of your ID as a password-protected PDF to: applicants@girton.cam.ac.uk

Then, please send the password to access the secure document in a separate new email/message.

If you are unable to provide ID based on the acceptable documentation listed above or have any other queries regarding this, please email applicants@girton.cam.ac.uk

Please find below a copy of the Terms of Admission sent to you with your offer letter, as well as links to the important documents referred to in the Annex to that document.

You are strongly advised to read the Terms of Admission and all of the important documents carefully before you take up your offer.

Please note that the documents are subject to change prior to you joining Cambridge and you are advised to re-read the documents nearer the point of admission. 

The College and the University work together to offer the maximum possible support to all disabled students. Now that you have received an offer (whether conditional or unconditional), we would like to give you a further opportunity to let us know if you have a disability and if you will require any support or advice when you come up to Cambridge.* 

Some prospective students are reluctant to disclose a disability as they fear that it may be viewed negatively. We would like to assure you that the disclosure of a disability will in no way adversely affect your offer (although the offer may, of course, still be subject to other conditions, such as academic achievement).

The earlier that we are aware of any disability, the better we are able to ensure that all the arrangements you require are in place before you start here (eg study skills support, suitable accommodation and exam access arrangements). You may also find that you are eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) or other available funding to support your requirements.

Like all the Colleges at Cambridge, we work in close cooperation with the Disability Resource Centre (DRC). Their dedicated team of experts provide support, advice and guidance for disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties. With your permission, our College staff can liaise with them to create a support plan that meets your requirements. If you would like to discuss any of this further with a member of the DRC Team, then either phone +44 (0)1223 332301 to speak to one of their Disability Advisers, or email disability@admin.cam.ac.uk

We strongly recommend that you inform both us and the DRC if you have any disability.* To do this, please complete the Disability Disclosure Form at: http://www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk//student-information-form or complete the form below and return it to the DRC.

Please also tick the consent box to give the DRC permission to send a copy of the form to the College. Upon receipt of this form online, the DRC will send you an email with further important information for disabled students. Information is also available on the DRC website at: https://www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk/ 

*If you have already disclosed your disability as part of your application you do not need to return the form.

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