- The Babraham Institute (map)
Babraham Research Campus
Cambridge CB2 4AT
- +44 (0)1223 496000
- +44 (0)1223 496002
- See also:
- Graduate Studies Prospectus Entry.
The most notable thing about life at Babraham is its distance from the university. Whereas your housemates will stagger out of bed ten minutes before they have to be at work, you’ll need at least half an hour (unless you choose to live in institute accommodation in Babraham itself). It can be a pain, but it can also be good to get out of the town, especially in summer.
Distance aside, Babraham is an excellent place to work. The diverse and rapidly expanding research community is based in pleasant countryside with its own library, sports facilities and social club.
The institute runs its own graduate training programme which involves producing reports and seminars at various stages of your PhD as well as tutorial support in addition to your supervisor. Students also benefit from BBSRC-run courses on computing (molecular biology and applications) as well as personal development skills (presentation skills, technical writing and time management) in addition to university-run courses. Having institute facilities such as the library, reprographics department and centralised equipment on site is more convenient than using university facilities.
Social life at the institute is as good as any other department. The institute organises two free student parties a year, and generally students organise their own social events in town, too. Also, the institute social club organises various events open to all members of the institute.