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Postdocs of Cambridge Society


Newcomers and Visiting Scholars



While Cambridge’s collegiate system might seem challenging and confusing to newly arriving postdocs, it can be especially difficult for their families to find social contacts. This is where the Newcomers and Visiting Scholars (NVS) group might be able to help. The NVS is a volunteer-run group offering a wide variety of regular activities for newly arriving scholars as well as their families. No matter if you are simply looking for insights while moving to Cambridge, if you would like to improve your English through informal conversations, if you want to join storytelling sessions with your children, or if you intend to attend one of the many other group activities reaching from cooking sessions to local walks; the NVS are happy to support you. Click here to register with them (no Raven login required) or have a look at the current term’s programme.

NVS Regular Events:
You must check their calendar to confirm the event is happening before attending.
For some events you must register to be a member.
** Book via Ticketsource. You can also find more information about the specific events here.

The NVS holds informal Tuesday morning coffee meetings during as well as outside of term and pairs them with English conversation practices and talks for a wide variety of experts and fields.

Additionally, the NVS regularly hosts the following group activities, among others, which are open to all members:
Art Group Art experience for all abilities

Coffee Mornings Informal discussions, advice and support

College Evensong Visit a different college chapel each week

Cookery Group Recipes, dishes, and tastes from around the world

Craft Workshops Creative craftwork

Crochet and Knit Group For beginners or experienced, share skills and learn more

Cultural Discussion Group Discuss topics and issues from a multicultural perspective

English Conversation Group Improve your spoken English in a relaxed, informal and friendly setting

Pub Visits Explore traditional English pubs

Storytelling Read aloud sessions of picture book stories for children

Tea Parties Served with a personal touch

Walking Group Small groups visit interesting places

World Women Writers Discussions on a variety of written pieces