The reputation of Emmanuel as ‘the friendly College’ has grown over the years. This reputation, like the College’s excellent record of academic achievement, is primarily due to our students.
Emmanuel is a community that lives by principles of mutual support and collective responsibility. Part of the reason for our success, besides the more formal collegiate supervision system, is the striking supportive relationship that has grown up between students in different years of their courses and which persists as one group graduates and another group of freshers arrives.
The result of this is that Emmanuel’s students continue to excel in their exams, their sport and their music, while still finding time to enjoy an active and inclusive social life. The College provides the framework – excellent facilities for sport, computing and music; terrific teachers; a recently rebuilt library and with one of the best reading rooms in Cambridge; a student-run bar and so on – but the students do the rest.
Emmanuel is first and foremost an intellectual community in which individuals can develop to their full potential. It’s also aesthetically pleasing: the spaciousness and quiet architectural beauty of the grounds and buildings, in the very centre of Cambridge, surprise everyone who enters. The Head Gardener believes that gardens are to be used, so the two ponds, with their ducks and moorhens, the tennis courts in summer, the swimming pool and the large grass area known as the Paddock, are there for all members of the College to enjoy. However, the grass in Front Court is sacrosanct: only ducks and Dons, and snowmen that appear mysteriously in the middle of the night, are allowed on it.