Sustainable Urban Futures Programme

Welcome to Sustainable Urban Futures

Congratulations on being invited to the Sustainable Urban Futures residential.  I would like to welcome you to Churchill College, where you will be staying from the 19th-23rd August.  Please make sure that you read our emails carefully and add to your safe senders to help ensure that our emails do not go to your spam folder.   Rachel is your point of contact. If you have any questions or about your visit please email her and she will get back to you.


Timeline – What happens now

  1.  Please complete the consent form (link to survey) by Friday 1/6/2024. This confirms your place on the residential. If you have not returned the form by this date then your place will be re-offered to another applicant.
  2. Attend the SUF online Q&A – for participants and parents. This is a chance to ask any questions and hear a bit more about the program. We are running 2 of these, you can choose which you would like to attend:
    27/6/2024, 16:30-17:30 (zoom link)
    28/6/2024, 17:00-18:00 (zoom link)
  3. Book your travel tickets to Cambridge – do this by 1/7/2024
  4. Complete the pre-week form (link to survey will be sent in online Q&A) with some questions and where applicable, details for travel reimbursement by 1/7/2024
  5. Attend the SUF pre-week assignment session online. This is a great opportunity to meet some other people who will be on the programme and start thinking about sustainable development. Put this date in your diary.
    5/8/2024, 3-4pm (zoom link)
  6. Complete the pre-week assignment and submit in advance, by 12/8/2024. Also bring this along to the residential as it forms the start of a project you will be doing in the week (on your phone is fine).
  7. Visit Cambridge 19-23rd August

Activities during the week (19th-23rd August)

Sessions are sustainability focused and will include: Architecture, Archaeology, Design, Humanities, Engineering, STEM. There will also be trips off-campus to different Cambridge University departments, museums and points of interest

This is an outline timetable. When the 2024 timetable is confirmed, this will be updated with specific sessions 

Current confirmed academic sessions:

  • Architecture and Design for Sustainable Development
  • Psychology of designing urban environments for wellbeing
  • Migration, poetry & race
  • Sustainable Energy & Electronics, in Engineering department
  • Geopolitics and environmental justice in unrepresented nations
  • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Accommodation & Meals

  • Whilst you are staying with us at Churchill College, you will be staying in one of our undergraduate rooms – just like a real university student! This will include a single bed, all bedding (duvets, pillows and covers), towels and other furniture including drawers, a wardrobe, a desk and chair.  Your room may be an ensuite room or you may share a bathroom
  • All meals will be provided during your stay (breakfast,  lunch and dinner). You will not have access to a kitchen, so if you wish to bring or buy any additional snacks, please bear in mind they will need to be stored in the room in which you are staying (if not consuming immediately).
  • On the Wednesday night, students at various groups of colleges will be joining together for a “formal hall” – this is what Cambridge call a sit down meal that is served to you.  Students in Cambridge would normally dress slightly more smartly for these events but this just means no jeans and trainers usually.  However, if jeans and trainers is all you have that is absolutely fine!

Arrival & Departure Information

  • You will need to arrive at Churchill College between 14:00 and 15:00 on Monday (no later than 15:00 – but don’t stress if you have travel problems, we’ll get you sorted out). Between this time we will register you as arrived, and give you a place to store your luggage. Please keep out a small(er) bag with anything you might need for the rest of the afternoon.
    • If you are travelling a distance that makes arrival by 15:00 on the Monday difficult for you please contact Rachel (
  • At 15:00 all students and undergraduate student helpers will gather in a designated location in the College for the first session
  • After the afternoon sessions, you will have a break when you will be able to collect your room key, get your luggage, drop that off into your room and head for dinner.
  • On your final day, you will need to clear out your room and hand your room key in by 8:30am. You can store luggage in College until you need to leave for home after the Friday sessions end at 15:00 pm. 


Travelling to and from Cambridge & Churchill College, and Travel Costs

The best way to travel to Cambridge is generally public transport, though this might vary slightly depending on where you are travelling from. Your travel costs by public transport will be covered in advance or reimbursed by the Sustainable Urban Futures Programme. A travel form will be provided at the Q&A webinars – this is to tell us details of your journey and submit reciepts.

Please think carefully about your journey, taking into account the time by which you need to not only be in Cambridge, but arrive at the college (details below) as well. This includes, for example, considering trains vs coaches – as travel costs will be covered, please take the best route (i.e. quickest) over the cheapest! If you want some advice please do not hesitate to contact us and ask!

For travel home, allow yourself at least 1 hour to travel from the college to the station – it doesn’t take quite this long, but this will give you sufficient time to collect your things, say bye to your new friends and not have to rush. We recommend that you do not book trains to leave Cambridge before 16:00 on Friday.

We have a web page of detailed information here – How to find us – but we have summarised some of this below. The web page includes maps and helpful links for travel.

  • By Train

There are two train stations in Cambridge – the main station (CBG), and Cambridge North (CMB). We recommend that you travel to Cambridge! The “Universal” Bus goes from stop 8 at the train station to “Storey’s Way” stop which is very close to Churchill College. If you have a student card this usually costs £1 for a single from the station to the stop.

  • By Bus/Coach

Please see “travelling by public transport” on the college “How to find us” webpage.

  • By Car

Please see “travelling by car” on the college “How to find us” webpage.


Travel expenses

The cost of your travel will be reimbursed by the college if you have receipts and have booked in advanceYou must keep your travel receipts and bring them with you for reimbursement

  • Travel will be reimbursed on the receipt of a completed travel form. 
  • Reimbursement payments will be made after the residential
  • We will not reimburse Ubers or Taxis to the station – there is a good bus link!
  • If you are travelling by car then we will reimburse your journey using the mileage calculator on Google maps – however, given our focus on sustainability, we will only reimburse car travel where there are no public transport options available.
  • If you are unable to pay for travel in advance please contact Rachel and the college will discuss how we may be able to help with this.

We hope all the above information is helpful for your planning. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the above or otherwise!

Pre-week assignment

This will focus on Sustainable Development and is intended to help you get the most out of your experience and support university subject choice exploration and applications. We estimate that it will take 1-2 hours to complete and will be a research-based task to answer questions about Sustainable Development and informal settlements.  More detail will be given at the pre-week assignment online session.