Welcome to the website of the Cambridge Society of Paris, which is affiliated to the Cambridge University Development and Alumni Relations office (CUDAR) and enables Cambridge University Alumni in France to maintain contact with each other.
Interested in becoming a member?
Most members hold Cambridge University degrees, although membership is open to any person who has an appropriate connection with the University, which may include exchange students, research graduates and, of course, teaching staff.
Members are of all ages, disciplines and professions and many are French. The Society has no political or commercial aims and, although we are part of the Cambridge Alumni Groups network, does not act as a direct fundraiser for the University.
Most of the Members of the C.S.P. are resident in the Ile de France, but the Society welcomes those who visit Paris from time-to-time and wish to keep in touch with fellow “Cantabrigians” and to facilitate this, we have created a new "Country Member" category for those Alumni resident outside the Ile de France Regions with a reduced subscription. If this applies to you, please contact Tony Banton, Hon. Secretary on email@example.com to be sent the updated membership application form.
An annual membership fee is payable, based on the calendar year, although those joining in the Michaelmas term are granted membership through to the end of the following year. We also offer reduced rates to those aged uner 30. Membership is offered free to all current students, whether undergraduate or post-graduate, with that membership running to the end of the 3rd year after first joining the Society (meaning that the membership of a current student joining in 2018 is valid until 31st December 2020).
To apply to become a Member, please click on Membership in the menu bar to download the on-line form and return it with your payment either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Tony Banton, Hon. Secretary, 39 rue de Bazeilles, 59200 Tourcoing.
The Cambridge Society of Paris has been active since 1996 and provides a platform for Cambridge graduates, mostly based in and around Paris, to retain a contact with the University through the activities and events of the Society. We aim to be a focal point to enable University alumni to enjoy themselves, to meet others to mutual benefit and to use the talents they honed during their time at Cambridge to help others on their way.
This does of course give us the challenge of catering for as broad a range of tastes and personalities as we can: To organise events that will interest our Members: To get access to venues that Members would find it difficult to access without us: To use the Cantab network to bring over interesting speakers: To mark traditional Cambridge and Oxford rivalries – and links – with either our own competitions or by watching Blues matches together.
Many of our events are organized jointly with Oxford, and our regular Monthly Drinks on each first Wednesday of the month allows us to invite other groups while providing a first taster to potential members of who we are and what we do. The programme of events section below - and above all the Events page of the website - provide a fuller picture of what we do, but our aim is to provide a mix of networking, cultural, thought-provoking and just “plain fun” events, formal and informal, to match all tastes.
As well as bringing Cambridge graduates together, the society also has a wider goal of promoting Cambridge in France and fostering links with other alumni associations, including Oxford of course, but also the French “Grandes Ecoles”, other UK universities and those from the United States.
Current students are not forgotten, with an annual “Welcome” party to congratulate students based in France on gaining a place at our University and the Society offers one or more Bursaries each year for a project relevant to France or French society or history.
The Society invites active participation from its members, including ideas for new events, and is run by a Committee which is renewed in part each year in order to include those with new ideas and allow fresh talent to participate in our development.
Formal events: restricted to members of the Society and their guests
Annual Dinner: a formal “Black-Tie” event, usually early in the year, with a prestigious speaker with a Cambridge Connection. Recent speakers have included Prof. David Reynolds, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Lord Owen, and Lord Rees.
Garden Party (jointly with the Oxford University Society of Paris): takes place in June, hosted at the British Ambassador’s Residence
Boat Race and Varsity Rugby: viewed with OUSP members in a pub in the Paris area.
Annual Presidents’ Cup Pétanque match against OUSP: usually “à la rentrée”
Golf and snooker matches against OUSP are also organised as opportunities arise
Debates and dinners
We have several regular venues, where debates (usually with OUSP as sparring partners) or topical presentations are organised.
In addition C.S.P members are frequently invited to similar events organised by OUSP, including their Quarterly Dinner which has covered subjects such as what the world might have been like if Adolf Hitler had not existed and “The end of the European dream”.
The highspots are a reserved performance of a Shakespeare play in the open air theatre in the Bois de Bologne, accompanied by Champagne and strawberries, in June and the Annual Carol Singing at the Travellers Club on the Champs Elysées, with mulled wine and minced pies in December.
Informal and other events
First Wednesday Drinks: Alumni are invited but both C.S.P and OUSP to gather on the First Wednesday of every month, currently at Murphy’s House near Opéra, where “Happy Hour” prices are available.
Welcome event for new students: Organised in September to congratulate students based in France on gaining a place at our University, this has been in the form of a Wine Tasting for the last few years.
Members of the Society are also able to use the monthly events diary to provide information about the events that they organise or in which they are involved. Commercial or political undertakings are, however, proscribed.
This statement explains how the Cambridge Society of Paris “we” and “our”) handles and uses the personal data we collect about our members and our past, current and future supporters (“you” and “your”). Developing a better understanding of our members and supporters allows us to keep in touch with you, in order to keep you apprised of our activities and developments, to provide services to you, and to identify ways in which you can support us, through donations or other forms of financial and non-financial support.
We are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold.
Personal data that we hold
We may hold information relating to you from a number of sources. A significant proportion of the information we hold is that which you provide to us (for example, you may give us information by filling in forms on our website, or by corresponding with us by telephone, email or otherwise).
Most records contain:
- details of your education (e.g. your College(s), the courses you have completed, dates of study)
- your contact details (and we update these whenever you let us know that they have changed)
- details of your interactions with us, including:
- your membership with us
- your attendance at our events
- personal data provided by you for a specific purpose (e.g. disability and dietary preferences for event management purposes)
- your communication preferences, to help us provide tailored and relevant communications
- information about your areas of interest and extra-curricular activities
How we use your data
Your data is used by us for a number of interdependent purposes in support of alumni relations, supporter communications and fundraising. These include:
- inviting you to our events
- sending you publications (e.g. updates about our activities)
- sending you tailored requests for donations to the Society’s Trevor Brown Bursary Fund
- administrative purposes (e.g. in order to process a donation you have made or to administer an event you have registered for or attended)
- conducting surveys
- sending you details of volunteering opportunities
- internal record keeping, including the management of any feedback or complaints
Communications to you may be sent by post, telephone or electronic means (principally by email), depending on the contact details we hold and the preferences expressed by you about the types of communications you wish to receive.
If you have concerns or queries about any of these purposes, or how we communicate with you, please contact us using the details listed below.
We will always respect a request by you to stop processing your personal data, and in addition your statutory rights are set out below.
When we share your data with others (our partners)
We share the above categories of data with the University and Colleges. Any transmission of data to or from the University and Colleges is managed through agreed processes that comply with relevant data protection legislation. The University and each College has its own data protection statement and procedures.
How we protect your data
We ensure we have appropriate data sharing arrangements in place before sharing your personal data.
We do not sell your personal data to third parties under any circumstances, or permit third parties to sell on the data we have shared with them.
We also facilitate communication between individual members, but in doing so we do not release personal contact details without prior permission.
Any transfers of your data overseas (outside of the European Economic Area), as set out above, are protected either by an 'adequacy decision' by the European Commission (declaring the recipient country as a 'safe' territory for personal data) or by standard contractual clauses adopted by the European Commission (which give obligations for the recipient to safeguard the data) or, before 25th May 2018, based on our self-assessment of the risks involved with the transfer and its determination that the data will be adequately protected during and after the transfer. Further information about the measures we use to protect data when being transferred internationally is available from us (via the contact details are set out below).
You have the right to:
- ask us for access to, or rectification or erasure of your data
- restrict processing (pending correction or deletion)
- object to communications or direct marketing
- ask for the transfer of your data electronically to a third party (data portability)
You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Commission Nationale d’Informatique et Libertés (CNIL) at https://www.cnil.fr/fr/plaintes.
The legal basis for processing your personal data for the interdependent purposes set out above is that it is necessary for the pursuit of our legitimate interests. We always handle your personal data securely and minimise its use, and there is no overriding prejudice to you by using your personal information for these purposes. In addition, there is no statutory or contractual requirement for you to provide us with any personal data.
The controller for your personal data is the Cambridge Society of Paris, and we can be contacted at email@example.com.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions about the above information or you wish to ask us not to process your personal data for particular purposes. Where you have specific requests relating to how we manage your data, we will endeavour to resolve these, but please note that there may be circumstances where we cannot comply with specific requests.
We will retain your data indefinitely in support of your lifelong relationship with us or until you request us to do otherwise. We will publish any changes we make to this data protection statement and notify you by other communication channels where appropriate.
Where you exercise your right to erasure, we will continue to maintain a core set of personal data (name, college and membership details) to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in future.