ICE Cambridge. What rights do ICE students have?

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Hey everyone, I am looking to participate and apply for the undergrad Certificate in Philosophy.

I would like to know if students studying at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education have the same rights as full-time students at Cambridge University.
So, I read on the ICE website that if you are studying for a qualification that is at least one academic year in length (i.e. Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma) you can apply for a University card. This gives you access to many facilities at Cambridge.

Does anyone know if ICE students are also theoretically eligible to apply for a CAMCard, as well as receiving a free @cantab.net e-mail address like other alumni?

Can ICE students also join the Cambridge Union?

Do you know of any other rights and perks for students studying at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education?

I have not found anywhere information on whether there is an awards ceremony for an ICE undergrad certificate. Does anyone know the answer to this question maybe?

Thanks for your help!
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I'm an ICE student, and yes I have a university card and life membership to the cambridge union. The university card isn't optional, you're automatically given one upon enrollment.

As for the almuni camcard and cantab.net I'm unsure, since it may require marticulation. Not all courses in ICE require marticulation, (only the postgraduate programmes I believe). But we do have university emails like any other student.

At the moment, I have full access to all facilities and societies/events within the university, all you need is a university card.

Edit: If you do want to join the union I recomend getting life membership during the freshers period. They offer a small discount during this period.
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I'm an ICE student, and yes I have a university card and life membership to the cambridge union. The university card isn't optional, you're automatically given one upon enrollment.

As for the almuni camcard and cantab.net I'm unsure, since it may require marticulation. Not all courses in ICE require marticulation, (only the postgraduate programmes I believe). But we do have university emails like any other student.

At the moment, I have full access to all facilities and societies/events within the university, all you need is a university card.

Edit: If you do want to join the union I recomend getting life membership during the freshers period. They offer a small discount during this period.
Thank you for your answer. Sounds really great! I will also contact the university to find out if we are eligible to apply for a CAMCard and a free @cantab.net e-mail.
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Thank you for your answer. Sounds really great! I will also contact the university to find out if we are eligible to apply for a CAMCard and a free @cantab.net e-mail.
If you've got a @cam.ac.uk email address, then you will be able to transfer this to a @cantab email after graduation. You should get one year free.
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(Original post by Bamwam234)
I'm an ICE student, and yes I have a university card and life membership to the cambridge union. The university card isn't optional, you're automatically given one upon enrollment.

As for the almuni camcard and cantab.net I'm unsure, since it may require marticulation. Not all courses in ICE require marticulation, (only the postgraduate programmes I believe). But we do have university emails like any other student.

At the moment, I have full access to all facilities and societies/events within the university, all you need is a university card.

Edit: If you do want to join the union I recomend getting life membership during the freshers period. They offer a small discount during this period.
Actually, I would like to ask one question. How easy was it to get your Cambridge union membership? I was checking their online form and it seems they don't ask for my CRSid. What are the exact steps to get their membership?
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Actually, I would like to ask one question. How easy was it to get your Cambridge union membership? I was checking their online form and it seems they don't ask for my CRSid. What are the exact steps to get their membership?
Extremely easy. Just type in your details, do the college as "University of Cambridge" and pay the membership fee, from then you're a life member.

It's a very trust based system, I don't think they care as long as they get money out of it. Any fraudulent sign ups would have just wasted £180 on access to an outdated website, without access to any events.

If you're in ICE for an award bearing course that lasts at least one year, you will automatically be sent a university card in the post. When in Cambridge go to the union building during office hours, present your university card and ID and they'll make a life membership card for you on the spot.

Membership to the Cambridge union automatically gives you reciprocal membership to the Durham and Oxford union too. As well as free access to the national liberal club in London.
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Extremely easy. Just type in your details, do the college as "University of Cambridge" and pay the membership fee, from then you're a life member.

It's a very trust based system, I don't think they care as long as they get money out of it. Any fraudulent sign ups would have just wasted £180 on access to an outdated website, without access to any events.

If you're in ICE for an award bearing course that lasts at least one year, you will automatically be sent a university card in the post. When in Cambridge go to the union building during office hours, present your university card and ID and they'll make a life membership card for you on the spot.

Membership to the Cambridge union automatically gives you reciprocal membership to the Durham and Oxford union too. As well as free access to the national liberal club in London.
Awesome. I will be registering tomorrow probably. I am still waiting for my university card to arrive though, but I was told that it would be arriving any time now.
As Reality Check mentioned earlier, we are apparently eligible to apply for a free @cantab.net e-mail. I will be talking to the university tomorrow about the CAMCard. I will let you know once I have any definite answer.
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Extremely easy. Just type in your details, do the college as "University of Cambridge" and pay the membership fee, from then you're a life member.

It's a very trust based system, I don't think they care as long as they get money out of it. Any fraudulent sign ups would have just wasted £180 on access to an outdated website, without access to any events.

If you're in ICE for an award bearing course that lasts at least one year, you will automatically be sent a university card in the post. When in Cambridge go to the union building during office hours, present your university card and ID and they'll make a life membership card for you on the spot.

Membership to the Cambridge union automatically gives you reciprocal membership to the Durham and Oxford union too. As well as free access to the national liberal club in London.
Just got their answer and it seems that the ICE Certificate courses and diplomas do not qualify for alumni benefits. The reason being, individuals on these courses do not matriculate within one of the 31 Colleges of Cambridge.
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If you've got a @cam.ac.uk email address, then you will be able to transfer this to a @cantab email after graduation. You should get one year free.
Do you know this from your experience? I just got an email from the university claiming the ICE Certificate courses and diplomas do not qualify for alumni benefits...
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Do you know this from your experience? I just got an email from the university claiming the ICE Certificate courses and diplomas do not qualify for alumni benefits...
My experience is of the university proper, where our @cam email addresses became @cantab if we so chose. Clearly this isn't the case for your course.
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Extremely easy. Just type in your details, do the college as "University of Cambridge" and pay the membership fee, from then you're a life member.

It's a very trust based system, I don't think they care as long as they get money out of it. Any fraudulent sign ups would have just wasted £180 on access to an outdated website, without access to any events.

If you're in ICE for an award bearing course that lasts at least one year, you will automatically be sent a university card in the post. When in Cambridge go to the union building during office hours, present your university card and ID and they'll make a life membership card for you on the spot.

Membership to the Cambridge union automatically gives you reciprocal membership to the Durham and Oxford union too. As well as free access to the national liberal club in London.
Did you need to activate the university card first, before collecting your Cambridge Union card? If yes, how do you activate your university card?
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Did you need to activate the university card first, before collecting your Cambridge Union card? If yes, how do you activate your university card?
I just got it in the post, presented it (with photo ID) to the union reception and they made me a card. You don't need to activate the card, I don't know what that would mean.
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I just got it in the post, presented it (with photo ID) to the union reception and they made me a card. You don't need to activate the card, I don't know what that would mean.
Cool! Thx!
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