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Newcomers and Visiting Scholars


Newcomers and Visiting Scholars has been in existence since the 1960s, and is here to welcome all members of the University of Cambridge to the City.  As a volunteer run group which runs regular activities, groups and events, we hope we can make your time with the University of Cambridge the best it can be.  Please see our programme for further details of what we do.  

We are funded by the University of Cambridge and currently have three offices, one with the Accommodation Service at Kellet Lodge in Tennis Court Road, one with the Office of Post Doctoral Affairs (OPDA) at 16 Mill Lane and our office at North West Cambridge.  Our group is flexible and enthusiastic to start new activities. As an NVS member, if you have ideas or suggestions, we'll be happy to assist you in jumpstarting your projects by offering advice, financial resources as far as we are able, and most importantly volunteer enthusiasm.  We currently have 61 active volunteers in our group, below please find a few who help run the group and feel free to contact us with your suggestions and ideas.



Committee Members


Other committee members

  • Tom Baer

  • Naheed Kandill

  • Rosemary Pattenden 


English conversation class Leaders


  • Christopher Johnson

  • Gill Maynard

  • Marianna Fletcher Williams


Tuesday morning co-ordinators 

  • Simone Castello

  • Janet Dye

  • Christine Halstead

  • Ann Roseblade

  • Liz Tavner

  • Sally Williams


Country representatives

  •     Tina Alexander -  Turkey and Central Asia
  •     Hyungi An - South Korea, North Korea
  •     Tom Baer - India, Malaysia and others
  •     Andrea Bronskill - Canada, USA
  •     Sally Broom - South America
  •     Simone Castello - Spain, Italy
  •     Julie Darsley -  Australia, Israel, UK, European Countries
  •     Naheed Fakoor - Middle East Countries
  •     Genevieve Guetemme - France
  •     Gill Maynard - Russia and Eastern European Countries
  •     Mayumi Naito - Japan
  •     Jennifer Donkin - Germany
  •     Christine Qu - China
  •    Jenny McGuigan - Mexico