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10th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground

Studying at Cambridge



The Conference will be held at Churchill College, one of the 31 Colleges of the University of Cambridge. 

In 1958, a trust was established with Sir Winston Churchill as its chairman of trustees, to build and endow a college for 60 fellows and 540 students as a national and Commonwealth memorial to Winston Churchill; its Royal Charter and Statutes were approved by the Queen, in August 1960. Uniquely amongst the Cambridge Colleges, Churchill College was founded specifically to pursue excellence in the teaching and research of science, engineering and technology. 

More information about the history of the college is available here.


The city of Cambridge is one of the most important and beautiful in the UK, famous throughout the world for its university and colleges. Its academic excellence and range of business, commercial and scientific interests are reflected in the wide variety of visitors and the number of events and meetings that take place here every year.

The University of Cambridge comprises numerous tourist attractions of special interest to TC204 conference visitors, including the 26 ancient Colleges: Trinity College (Newton’s own college, houses the Wren Library with numerous scientific manuscripts including Newton’s Principia), the Old Cavendish Laboratory where Crick and Watson discovered DNA, the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, containing the Canterbury Gospels and the Bury Bible, King’s and St John’s Colleges which have beautiful chapels and world-famous choirs which sing daily at public services.

The city has attractive architecture, both ancient and modern. It also has huge cultural appeal, a wide variety of arts and entertainment and superb shopping facilities. There is a programme of arts and science events all year round, with a range of festivals in summer including the world-famous Cambridge Folk Festival. Some of the city’s main attractions are related to the well-known colleges of the University of Cambridge, including the libraries, churches and the famous college gardens, such as King’s College and St John’s College. And no visit to Cambridge would be complete without experiencing punting on the River Cam.

For information on things to do and see in Cambridge,

The University

The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is formed from a variety of institutions which include 31 colleges and over 100 academic departments.  The University is a collegiate system where the central university is responsible for teaching and the colleges deliver some teaching but are primarily residential communities. Information on how the University works can be found here.

A University Visitor Guide is available to download here.

Things to do and see

Many people visit Cambridge each year to see the historic university, its buildings and the beautiful Backs. Walking tours around the city centre are available daily. King’s College Chapel is probably the most famous building in Cambridge, with its fan vaulted ceiling, stone carvings and stained glass. There is a market in the city centre which is open every day, as well as a range of shops including small independent and larger high street stores and designer labels.


Accomodation is available at Churchill College in ensuite single study bedrooms  for the nights of Sunday 28 and Monday 29 June, with a limited number of rooms available on Tuesday 30 June. Bookings can be made with your registration.

For those wishing to stay in a local hotel, please note that this is a busy time in Cambridge, so you are encouraged to book your hotel accommodation early to guarantee availability. 

The Visit Cambridge website has a hotel booking service with information on local hotels and guest houses, as well as self catering options.

You can also book accommodation in one of many other Cambridge Colleges.

Travel information

Cambridge is within easy reach of London Heathrow and Stansted airports, with good motorway, rail and bus connections to other parts of the UK. London Stansted is the nearest airport, with a direct rail link to Cambridge, as well as easy access by coach and car. You can find more information by visiting Visit Cambridge or the travel information here.

Tourist Guides

There are daily official guided walking tours of Cambridge - the Visit Cambridge website has more information. A walking tour will bring the city to life for you, explain the history and be able to answer questions you may have along the way. 

There are also several apps which provide self guided tours around the city of Cambridge. Each tour shows you the main places of interest and historic sites, as well as some of the more ‘secret spots’ that a visitor would not normally see.