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VC congratulates voluntary group for supporting University staff and their families over the past 50 years


The University’s Newcomers and Visiting Scholars (NVS) group was originally founded in 1971 to offer community support for spouses of new University staff. Since then, they’ve welcomed many visitors and their families from around the world to help them settle in and make new friends at Cambridge. The NVS is open to anyone who is new and attached to the University in some way, whether here alone or with family.  

The NVS is a success thanks to its network of volunteers who help to provide support and a wide range of activities and social events, helping members to make connections and form friendships during their time at Cambridge. 

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Toope invited the NVS’ members and volunteers to mark 50 years of invaluable support at a celebratory event on 15 June. 

He congratulated the NVS, of which his wife Paula Rosen is a former President, on its work of welcome and hospitality: 

“How important that there is an organisation that looks out for those who might not yet feel part of the Cambridge ecosystem, and – crucially – makes their spouses and families feel welcome, too. Thank you all for making Cambridge friendlier, warmer and more welcoming”. 

Joining the Newcomers and Visting Scholars membership 

For those who are from overseas, a ‘country representative’ will be assigned and offer a warm and personal welcome. 

Members can join a variety of activities including art, cookery, cultural discussion groups, English language conversation, walking groups and tours of the city. View their events calendar

You can register to become a member and receive email updates at

You can also join their Tuesday morning coffee meetings throughout the year, with different speakers each week in term time.  For more information, email:


20 June 2022