Student loneliness is a pervasive issue in Cambridge, and one of the most frequent causes we have found in our research is the short, intense eight week term. We believe that Cambridge education can work better for everyone; the quality and rigour of undergraduate courses should not rely on squeezing as much work as possible into such a short space of time.
The solution is reform to the Cambridge term. We have shown that with relatively minor changes, we can create weekends that fall to the end of the week, not midway through; we can create a full Freshers'/Welcome Week for new students to get to know their city and colleagues; and we can create a Reading Week where you can engage with extracurricular activities, visit family and friends, catch up on missed work, or explore academic areas of interest in more depth.
We are currently consulting on this proposal for a vote at the end of term by Student Council. For more information, see Ben's blog below or get in touch at


Project timeline

Reading week progress update

Wed 09 Jun 2021

We are delighted to announce that Cambridge University has established a working group to look into the practicalities of implementing a reading week for Michaelmas and Lent Terms.

Reforming the Term: Update

Wed 31 Mar 2021

I was absolutely delighted that two weeks ago our All Members’ Meeting passed a motion mandating us to lobby for changes to the Cambridge term, including a reading week and a full welcome/freshers’ week.