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Camtools for supervisors

We maintain course Camtools sites and if you register with us as a supervisor we will add you to the appropriate site. We also maintain a site for

Part I supervisors and you will also be added to this site.

The sites for the BMB and MIMS courses have the contents of the Course Handbook already added.

These are described as "Resources" and can be accessed as PDF files by clicking the "Resources" link in the menu at the left of the page. The bulk of it is information about the practicals but it includes timetables, a statement of Aims and Objectives, a reading list, information and guidance about the examination, and sets of recent Tripos examination papers. Lecturers have been encouraged to make their handouts, and any supplementary material such as PowerPoint Slides available – and these will usually be posted once a set of lectures has been completed.

The supervisor site contains specimen answers to the data handling examination papers (Section II for MIMS, Paper 3 for BMB). We suggest and prefer that these are not revealed to the students until they have attempted the questions themselves. Lecturers may also place supplementary resources for the use of supervisors on this site.

For those of you unfamiliar with Camtools advice for new users is given below.


Essential Maths resources

To help with elementary mathematics, there is an open publicly-viewable site at that is also available on CamTools called "Essential Maths”.

The site has four modules:

"Scientific Notation, Powers and Prefixes", "Amount and Concentration: Making and Diluting Solutions", "Understanding Using and Manipulating Equations" and "Logarithms and Exponential Equations".  There is also a suite of diagnostic maths tests.  There is a link to the site in the Resources folder of the course CamTools sites. Any feedback regarding the content or delivery is welcomed - please contact Dr Jenny Koenig (


Logging in to CamTools

If you are within the University and have a CRSid (with an associated @cam e-mail address and default Hermes account), we shall use that to register you for CamTools sites. CamTools is accessed through the CARET web site at and you login using the Raven login button and your Raven password. You will get an automatic e-mail welcome message from the CamTools system administrator about accessing CamTools, unless you have chosen to "suppress" your e-mail address. In order to receive automatic e-mail notifications from CamTools, you need to have an email address set in the Lookup directory that is not "suppressed". To check your Lookup entry go to , login using your Raven password, and click on the “your page" link. Clicking the edit button allows you to change your attributes, including setting your preferred e-mail address if you have a CRSid but routinely use a different e-mail address such as If you have forgotten (or do not have) a Raven password, go to Raven users can also edit their details in Lookup directly from CamTools by following the “Personal tools" link at the top of the screen. In Personal Tools, choose “My Account” and follow the instructions to change Lookup settings.


If you are a Guest user from outside the University without a CRSid, we shall use the email address that you have given us. You will get an automatic e-mail message from the CamTools system administrator that gives instructions that you need to follow to complete the registration process. When that is completed, you use the "Friends login" button on the CamTools welcome page.


Using CamTools

Once logged in to CamTools, you will be taken to "My Startpage" which has a list headed "My Courses and Projects" which will include the course site and the Supervisors' site. Click to enter your chosen site. There is a “Help” link at the top right of your Startpage. This leads to the Help Page which gives access to both written help materials and to short tutorials.