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News & Events

We hope all Magdalene students have been enjoying the sunshine and have had a relaxing summer break.

As the beginning of a new Cambridge term draws near we’re looking forward to giving a warm Magdalene welcome to our new undergraduates starting on the 1 October.

If you would like to apply to Magdalene for 2017 entry don’t forget that the University of Cambridge UCAS application deadline for interview in Cambridge is 15 October 2016, 6pm (UK Time).

University Statement on EU Student Funding

Following the EU referendum result, the University has issued a statement regarding the implications for current students, offer holders, and applicants from the European Union.

Importantly, it is envisaged that current students, offer holders, and those intending to apply for admission in 2017 will be continue to be charged fees at the UK fee rate. The full statement can be found here. We will provide further information as it becomes available.

Peter Peckard Announcement 2016

The College is pleased to announce the third award of the Peter Peckard Prize, established in honour of one of our most distinguished eighteenth century Masters, an early campaigner against the slave trade. The prize is funded by the generosity of two Magdalene Members, and is awarded for an essay or similar composition on the subject of modern forms of slavery.

The judges have awarded the prize for an essay entitled ‘Totalitarianism exported: North Korean Labourers in the EU’, written by Eduardo Park Monteria Baptista from Jesus College. This essay is a study, based on extensive original documentation, of the issues posed by the employment of doubtfully legal North Korean labour in European settings, issues which manifest in some urgent questions about the rights and dignities of these workers within Europe as well as in their home country. It argues that EU employment practice in this regard amounts to a dangerous collusion with North Korea, such that any moral challenge to the North Korean regime from Europe is compromised. It is a powerful and original study which deserves a wide readership.

Eduardo will receive the award at the prize giving event on 6 October this year attended by the Master, Senior Fellows and the two alumni whose donations made this prize possible.



Events for Potential Applicants

Magdalene is keen to encourage young people with the academic potential to succeed at Cambridge to apply here, regardless of their background. With this in mind, we run events throughout the year.

The main college Open Days for all subjects in 2016 took place on 29 June, 30 June and 1 July (30 June and 1 July were also university-wide Open Days). The programme for these days can be viewed here. Next year, the main open days will be 5, 6, and 7 July 2017. Again, these will coincide with the university-wide Open Days.

In the meantime, there will be other events, some subject-specific, throughout the 2016-17 academic year and details about those will appear here in due course.

Pepys Library

The Pepys Library is unique: a magnificent collection of 3,000 books and manuscripts put together by Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) and bequeathed at his death to Magdalene College, where he had been a student.  The volumes, still preserved in the original glazed bookcases or ‘presses’ which were designed in 1666 by Pepys himself, provide a world-famous resource for scholars and researchers.  Samuel Pepys’s brilliantly witty, observant and illuminating Diary is among the treasures of his Library. 

Housed in the elegant and iconic Pepys Building, the Library welcomes visitors during the Public Opening Hours.

Information for Visitors and Researchers

Opening Hours

Kipling Manuscript Published

Visit Us

The College and Pepys Building is open all year to visitors excluding April to June. Access times to The Pepys library can be found here

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