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Foundation Year


The Foundation Year will be taught by a dedicated teaching team made up of specialists in one or several subjects in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Alongside the teaching staff, the Foundation Year is supported by professional services staff who ensure the effective running of the course. The course is overseen by the Foundation Year Management Committee which includes representatives from across the University and which reports to the University's General Board of the Faculties.

The programme is generously supported by a cornerstone gift from founding benefactors Christina and Peter Dawson.

For the swiftest response to enquiries, view our contact details here.

Dr Alex Pryce

Foundation Year Course Director
Bye-Fellow, Fitzwilliam College

Alex is responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of the Cambridge Foundation Year. Her professional experience includes work in widening participation and student recruitment at the University of Oxford and research communications at Cranfield University and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She holds a DPhil in English at the University of Oxford specialising in contemporary Northern Irish poetry and feminism. She is a sixth form governor, a regular reviewer for poetry magazines and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Cerys Minogue

Foundation Year Course Coordinator

Cerys is responsible for the overall management and administration of the Foundation Year course at Cambridge. Prior to working on the Foundation Year, Cerys coordinated the PhD in Politics and MPhil in Public Policy programmes in the Department of Politics and Interational Studies at the University of Cambridge. Cerys holds an MLitt in Women, Writing and Gender from the University of St Andrews.

Laura Davies

Student Recruitment Coordinator

Laura delivers a range of student recruitment activities, including communicating regularly with applicants, teachers and their advisors. She previously worked on a programme encouraging young people from disadvantaged and disengaged background to consider their post 18 options and increase their confidence as well as other Outreach and Widening Participation projects. Laura holds an MSc in Energy Engineering with Environmental Management from the University of East Anglia.

Debbie Gray

Admissions and Data Services Administrator

Debbie administers the admissions process for the Foundation Year. Before joining the Cambridge Admissions Office, Debbie worked in postgraduate administration for the Degree Committee for Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.