Cambridge is a university city located 55 miles (88 km) north of London. The city lies at the heart of “Silicon Fen”, a term given to the region around Cambridge that is host to more than 5,000 businesses involved in the knowledge economy, high-tech manufacturing, software and IT, and life science. Famous for the University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209, the city is also home to the main campus of Anglia Ruskin University, which has its origins in the Cambridge School of Art founded by John Ruskin in 1858. Each university has just over 20,000 full time students. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Cambridge is ranked No.3 in 2023 and has been ranked no lower than seven in the last 10 years.
The city is host to two NHS Foundation Trusts. Firstly, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which comprises Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie, a women’s hospital, and regional centre of excellence for maternity care. Addenbrooke’s is a leading national centre for specialist treatment in organ transplantation, cancer, neurosciences, paediatrics, and genetics. It not only serves as the affiliated teaching hospital for the University of Cambridge but is also an integral component of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). As part of the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, it stands among the six academic health science centres within Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP). Furthermore, Addenbrooke's plays a key role in the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC). Another significant institution is Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This establishment ranks among the foremost heart and lung hospitals in the UK.
Cambridge sits at the eastern end of the “Oxford - Cambridge Arc”, where a recently announced new regional partnership board, backed by £2.5 million (€2.8 million) of government funding, will help Oxford and Cambridge compete for investment on the global stage. It is also an integral part of the hugely successful life sciences and technology “Golden Triangle” that includes Oxford and London. Trains run regularly into London King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations with the quickest journey time being under 50 minutes. The drive time into central London is approximately 1 hour 45 mins. London Heathrow airport is under two hours by car or public transport, with London Luton airport just over one hour by car and c.1 hour 30 mins by public transport, and London Stansted airport 50 mins by car and 30 mins by train.