The University of Cambridge is one of the world's leading educational institutions with a reputation for excellence throughout its core activities of teaching, learning and research. Such activities require the operation and management of substantial funds, resources, and people supported by a strong, professional administrative base.
At Cambridge, administrators and staff (whether assistant, academic-related or academic) working throughout the University's multifaceted structure provide this base. University administration is carried out by the 'University Offices' - in this context, a term encompassing the various non-academic offices and services in the University. The Unified Administrative Service naturally makes a substantial contribution but not all University administration is carried out by the UAS - much of it is done at School, Faculty, Department (or other institution) level, where staff play a crucial role. Some will be members of the UAS but many are employed directly by the institutions they serve.
As autonomous bodies, the Colleges manage their own administrative functions but there is close liaison with administrators throughout the University.