The colleges at the University of Cambridge were originally an incidental feature of the system. The hostels were gradually absorbed by the colleges over the centuries, but they have left some indications of their existence, such as the name of Garret Hostel Lane.Hugh Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, Cambridge's first college, in 1284.
However, Homerton College only achieved full university college status in March 2010, making it the newest full college (it was previously an "Approved Society" affiliated with the university).
In medieval times, many colleges were founded so that their members would pray for the souls of the founders, and were often associated with chapels or abbeys.
Oliver Cromwell, Parliamentary commander during the English Civil War and head of the English Commonwealth (1649–1660), attended Sidney Sussex. Cambridge alumni have won six Fields Medals and one Abel Prize for mathematics, while individuals representing Cambridge have won four Fields Medals.
Examination in mathematics was once compulsory for all undergraduates studying for the Bachelor of Arts degree, the main first degree at Cambridge in both arts and sciences. In the First World War, 13,878 members of the university served and 2,470 were killed.
The University of Cambridge Sports Service is excited to share the news from the Cambridge University Boat Club on Chief Coach Steve Trapmore's new position in the GB Olympic Rowing program.