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Cambridge University Land Society (CULS)

What is the Cambridge University Land Society?

Contact with the Department does not cease on graduation.  The Cambridge University Land Society (CULS) is the oldest, largest and most active Departmental Alumni Society in the University and has almost 1,000 members, all alumni of the University of Cambridge working in property, be they surveyors, architects, lawyers or working in the finance eand investment sectors, and including some influential players.

CULS organises around 15 events annually ranging from breakfast briefings and panel discussions on topical themes, through tours of new iconic additions to the London skyline to drinks receptions and dinners.  Amongst its members are some of the most influential players in the property industry today.  Free Student tickets are available to most events on application.

Each year the Society organises at least one Careers Event in Cambridge for Land Economists, usually in October, and Society Members work with the Department Mentoring Programme to provide Mentors for graduates and undergraduates.

The work of the Society is carried out by a Committee and a number of Forums covering Real Estate Finance, Rural Affairs, the Global Economy, Commercial Property and Europe. It has an active forum of younger members, the Silver Street Group, which organises events for members who have graduated within the past 15 years.

The Society makes a number of Annual Prize Awards to graduates and undergraduates for academic excellence in the Tripos and MPhil degree examinations:

  • The Noel Dean Prize – for best performance in Part II of the Land Economy Tripos
  • The Gordon Cameron Prize – for best performance in Paper 7 Regional Economics
  • The Mike Turner Prize – for best performance in Paper 15 Advanced Techniques in Finance
  • The Douglas Blausten Prize – for best the highest overall mark on the REF Dissertation
  • The Alistair Ross-Goobey Prize – for the best overall performance on the REF MPhil

The Society publishes an annual magazine, free to members, including articles and contributions from members on property and wider issues.

Surplus funds from sponsorship and ticket sales of events go towards supporting the Department of Land Economy.  In 2010, a CULS Fellowship was established for the teaching of a valuation and accounting module for first year students and in 2011 the Society was able to give financial support to a Readership in Real Estate Housing Finance.  It has also established a Research Fund to support teaching staff with the cost of doing their research.

The Society has supported the setting up this year of the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board which will contribute time, global industry knowledge and financial support to the Department of Land Economy.

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Why should you join?

Because you will meet interesting people, go to fascinating places, keep in touch with fellow graduates and further your business contacts.  Networking at CULS events can put you in touch with influential people who could help you along your career path.

Membership is free whilst a student and for one year after graduation.

How do I join?

Complete the Membership Application Form and send to the address shown, or email the Society Secretary, Ali Young,