Clare College Cambridge

Supervisions

Supervisions are the feature which distinguishes Cambridge and Oxford from most other universities in the UK.  They provide the opportunity for you to present and discuss, on a regular basis, your own work.  Supervisors will advise you on your reading, clarify points which may emerge from lectures, set you written work, and read and discuss that work with you.

They also write termly reports on your progress, and your Director of Studies will go through the reports with you at the end of each Term.  The quality of supervisions depends to a considerable extent on your contribution, and it is important that you prepare for them carefully.

The supervision system is an expensive privilege and should never be taken for granted. Supervisors are appointed by the College (through your Director of Studies) for your benefit.  Students will be charged £20 for missed supervisions.