Jesus College is one of the leading colleges in the University of Cambridge. It was established between 1496 and 1516 on the site of the twelfth-century Benedictine nunnery of St Mary and St Radegund whose ruinous buildings, which included a huge church, were adapted to house it. Today these buildings remain at the College’s centre.
Jesus College is one of 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge, each an independent self-governing body, with its own constitution, endowments and income.
In Cambridge undergraduate teaching is shared between colleges and the University. Lectures seminars and practical classes are the University’s responsibility, and it is the University which conducts examinations and awards degrees. But it is in the colleges that undergraduates receive the individual teaching and guidance that is the distinguishing feature, and a major strength, of the Cambridge system paralleled, in the world of higher education, only at Oxford.