The Office of Intercollegiate Services is responsible primarily for providing support to the 31 Colleges of the Collegiate University. It services a number of committees that facilitate the operation of business both between Colleges and with the University of Cambridge.
The Colleges are independent and self-governing academic institutions, but at times need to work together to further their own missions and those of the Collegiate University. The Office of Intercollegiate Services provides mechanisms to assist Colleges in acting collectively on issues where it is sensible and practical for them to do so. This includes sharing good practice and other information to improve the services for its members (and especially its students), and commissioning expert advice on topics of mutual interest.
This website hosts a range of resources and other information for the Colleges.
The staff of the Office of Intercollegiate Services are responsible for:
- servicing a range of intercollegiate committees, and joint committees between the Colleges and the University of Cambridge;
- ensuring proper communications between those committees and the individual Colleges;
- managing a number of intercollegiate mechanisms relating to financial and employment agreements between the Colleges;
- acting as an agent where the Colleges form consortia to manage business of joint or mutual interest.