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Student benefits

As a student of the Institute of Cancer Research, which is a member of the University of London, you can enjoy a range of social activities and support.

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Sports and social activities

At our Sutton site, there is a small gym which is free to join. There is also the UPS Club (a sports and social club) which has a bar, squash court and large sports hall. It runs a variety of activities, including yoga classes, Pilates, tennis and badminton. Membership of the club is free for students, although there is a small charge for some activities.

There is a Cross Site Social Committee that organises various social activities to encourage staff and students from across the ICR to get to know each other. Past events have included an annual quiz night, a barn dance and a salsa evening.
At our Chelsea site, there is no dedicated gym and sport facilities due to its central London location. However, there is an additional budget for sports nights so that students can try out new activities such as climbing, ice skating, and volleyball.


Welfare and disability support

Your welfare is important to us. That's why we offer a range of support services to help you during difficult times. The Academic Dean's team has an open door policy where students can discuss issues of concern. The ICR also provides access to the Employee Assistance Programme - a free 24-hour counselling service for all staff and students.

We are committed to providing a non-limiting and fully inclusive environment for all our staff and students. Disability covers a range of impairments – including mobility difficulties, long-term illnesses, dyslexia, and mental health conditions. You are not obliged to disclose a disability, but you are encouraged to do so, as this will enable you to receive appropriate support.

Find out more on our welfare and disability support webpage.

Career support

Free careers advice, guidance and information is offered to all current ICR students by The Careers Group, which is the University of London’s higher education careers service. ICR students are also permitted to continue to receive advice for up to one year after they finish their studies.

To find out more about our careers’ sessions and events, see our career support webpage.

Student discounts

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a confederation of 600 students’ unions and represents the interests of more than seven million students. As a University of London student you are eligible to apply for TOTUM – which is the new name for the NUS extra card. TOTUM brings you over 200 UK student discounts for a variety of services, including eating out, entertainment, fashion, health and fitness, music and technology, supermarkets, and travel.

If you wish to purchase a TOTUM card, you must speak to the ICR’s NUS co-ordinator who will assist you with the process. See the Student Committee page on Nexus for more details (an ICR login is required to access Nexus).

You are also eligible for student discounts on Oyster and rail travel. See our accommodation and transport webpage for more information.

ICR values

Our values – developed together as an organisation – make it clear how each and every one of us work to meet our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.