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Student Representation

Undergraduate student representatives are invited to attend a range of meetings relating to the management and administration of the Tripos.  The Faculty has created a tiered system of representation to ensure that students from its various disciplines have a clear voice.  Elections are held in both October and November of each year. 


Elected student representatives sit on the Faculty Board and the HSPS Part I Committee, the primary decision-making bodies in relation to the Tripos.  Faculty Board representatives are elected at the end of the Michaelmas term, and serve for one calendar year (Jan-Dec).


Students also elect representatives to the Student Forum, which is made up of both graduate and undergraduate students from each of the subjects within the Faculty.  The Forum is entirely student-led, Chaired by the Faculty Board Student Representatives, and meets at least once per term or as often as agreed by the members.  Forum representatives are elected at the start of the Michaelmas term, and serve for the academic year (Oct-June); they will also attend Departmental meetings in relation to their subject.  All Part I students will be given the opportunity to run for election to serve as either a Student Forum Part I Representative, or the Faculty Board HSPS Representative, or both.  


Duties of Student Representatives

How to Contact your Student Representatives

The Human, Social, and Political Science (HSPS) Tripos comprises subjects from three Departments:

Each of these departments has a worldwide reputation for teaching and research, and the HSPS Tripos is designed to serve both students who have a clear disciplinary commitment at the time of application as well as those who want a broader multidisciplinary degree.

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Tripos News

HSPS Part I students awarded The Winifred Georgina Holgate Pollard Memorial Prizes, 2017

The prizes were awarded to: Caitlin R. Allt (Robinson), Alice C. Hawkins (King's), Isabelle R.T. Higgins (Lucy Cavendish) and Molly J. Judd (Gonville and Caius).

“I am delighted that the University has recognized Caitlin, Alice, Isabelle and Molly’s exceptional performances in the HSPS Part I examination by awarding them Holgate Pollard Memorial Prizes. These four candidates came at the top of a very large and competitive field of Part I students, and took papers stretching across the whole range of HSPS subjects – Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, and Sociology. We are proud of their performances and wish them all the best in their Part II studies.”  Dr Peter Sloman, Chair of the HSPS Part I Examiners, 2016-17