The University is justly famous for its heritage of scholarship, historic role and magnificent architecture. This heritage supports one of the world's most important centres for teaching and research. The collegiate structure gives a strong sense of community, and the University is determined to remain at the forefront of international scholarship and research.

The University of Cambridge is in the middle of the greatest expansion in its history. Through the generosity of benefactors, the University has been able to create a new science and technology campus to the west of the city centre, and is now expanding further to the north west of Cambridge.

In order to continue to maintain its reputation as a world-leading institution, the University’s investment in the North West Cambridge Development aims at providing the right facilities to attract and retain the best staff and researchers across the globe. This ambitious long-term plan will transform a 150 hectare site into a new district that will be part of both the University and the City. The investment in affordable homes for University key workers, community facilities to enable residents to thrive, and a place that is rich with quality architecture and landscape will transform this area and enable the University to meet its growth needs into the future.

The arts and humanities have seen dynamic changes in their Sidgwick Site location and expansion in the city centre.

Sustaining a world-class university demands investment in new facilities, new areas of study, and most importantly, in people; continued fundraising efforts and innovative partnerships will be vital. The University celebrated its eight hundredth anniversary in 2009, marking the legacy of eight centuries and determined to remain among the world's greatest universities.