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Subject Masterclasses in November 2016

Subject Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within their school syllabus and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge. They are aimed at academically able Year 12 students from any school/college. Including two taster lectures delivered by leading academic members of staff from the University and the opportunity to discuss and ask questions, the masterclasses offer students a true flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge.

Booking is now open for November 2016 Masterclasses in:

  • Medicine - 5 November 2016
  • History - 5 November 2016
  • Engineering - 5 November 2016 (to be confirmed)
  • Politics and International Studies - 5 November 2016
  • Genetics and Biochemistry - 12 November 2016
  • Physics - 12 November 2016
  • Archaeology - 12 November 2016
  • Music - 12 November 2016
  • Law - 26 November 2016
  • Chemistry - 26 November 2016
  • Psychological and Behavioural Science - 26 November 2016
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies - 26 November 2016

Please be aware there are only a limited number of spaces available so students are advised to book their places quickly.

Masterclasses are continually added throughout the year and you can register you interest for future events here.

Posted: 26 September 2016

The Subject Matters open for booking

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The Subject Matters is an event for Year 10 and 11 students, run by the University of Cambridge each autumn. Practical and informative sessions will highlight the importance of suitable A Level (or equivalent) subject choices when making an application to a selective, research-led university, and help students access information to make informed A Level choices. In addition, students are provided with information about the University of Cambridge, higher education and career opportunities as well as an overview of the application process and next steps. All sessions are delivered by Admissions Tutors and students have the opportunity to ask questions.

When will the sessions be held?

The Subject Matters sessions will take place in Cambridge on the following dates:

  •     Saturday 15 October 2016 AM
  •     Saturday 15 October 2016 PM
  •     Friday 28 October 2016 PM
  •     Saturday 29 October 2016 AM
  •     Saturday 29 October 2016 PM
  •     Saturday 12 November 2016 AM
  •     Saturday 12 November 2016 PM

How do I make a booking?

To book your place please use the online booking form.

 

Posted: 25 September 2016

King's Year 13 Open Afternoon - 20 September

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King's is running an open afternoon on Tuesday 20 September for prospective students - see our open days page for further details and to book a place. This is an opportunity for you to get to know the college a little better. It is designed for students who will be applying this October. There will be a talk, subject sessions, the chance to chat to current King's students and a tour of the college.

Many other colleges are also running open days in September for students who are applying this year - do see this page for the events available.

If you are visiting other Colleges and would like to see King's on the same day, do introduce yourself at the porters' lodge and say that you will be applying to Cambridge. The porters will be happy to let you walk around the public areas, and you might find our self-guided tour useful so that you know what you are looking at. NB if there is a 'College Closed' sign at the front gate, please don't be put off as this just means that tourists cannot enter.

Posted: 27 August 2016

Subject Choices - thinking about your options

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If you’ve just received your GCSE results – congratulations! If you haven't started thinking seriously about what subjects to take at A level or IB, now is a good time to look at your options.

Some courses at university require certain subjects at A level or IB (or an equivalent qualification) and so it’s worth thinking about what kind of course you might apply for, and even just whether you’re more interested in the sciences, humanities or the arts – or a combination of these!

Maybe you’re not sure at this stage what broader area you might want to study, or even what kinds of courses are on offer? King’s has put together some advice on choosing your subjects.

We also offer advice for students taking the International Baccalaureate on choosing subjects.

Posted: 26 August 2016

Scrambled Eggs Podcasts

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Scrambled Eggs is a series of podcasts aimed at helping Year 11 and 12 students to explore their subjects and think about what they'd like to study at University. These are ten to fifteen minute discussions with university academics, many of them professors from the University of Oxford. Here are just a few:

Click here for the full list of podcasts.

Posted: 25 August 2016

Want to sing while you study?

When people think of Cambridge, they perhaps think first of the academic side of studying here - students taking challenging courses and working hard for their degree. But students also have lots of opportunities to do the things they enjoy outside of their studies here. Did you know that there are more than 25 choirs just across the Cambridge Colleges, as well as university-wide choirs like the Cambridge University Chamber Choir (CUCC) and CUMS Chorus? King's has two main choirs - King's College Choir (male voice) and King's Voices (mixed voice) - as well as an active music society, flute choir, and student bands and club nights.

Whatever sort of music you're into, or whatever instrument you play, there's something for everyone. And if you want to pursue music formally while studying here, there are also instrumental awards and choral awards that you can apply for. These are assessed separately from your application for a place at the university, which is based purely on your academic potential for your chosen course.

For those interested in singing in a choir, The Cambridge Choral Experience is designed to give students a chance to sample the rich choral culture that Cambridge has to offer and to experience singing in some of Cambridge's amazing chapels. Please note that these events are only open to students attending non fee-paying schools:

  • Saturday 18 June 2016: Years 7-11
  • Sunday 19 June 2016: Years 12 and 13

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 17 May 2016.

Posted: 29 April 2016

Join The Conversation

models hugging each other Read about the science of hugs. Credit: Meg Cheng

The Conversation is an online source of news and views from the academic and research community. Their aim is to allow for a better understanding of current affairs and complex issues - so that conversations are started!

Here are a few recent articles by subject:

Posted: 12 April 2016

Student Life FAQs

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We recently welcomed a group of Year 12 students from East Yorkshire into King's. Some important and interesting questions about student life came up, which we hope might be helpful for others!

Do you stay in college accommdation for all years of study?

Yes, normally. All Colleges except St Edmund's provide accommodation for three years, and many also allow an additional year  for students taking one of the four-year courses. See, for example, the King's accommodation page, which explains the range of modern and traditional rooms, how the room ballot system works, and the choice of rent lease periods.

Students on longer courses, such as Medicine (6 years), are likely to live outside the College accommodation at the end of their course when they have graduate status, however there is a lot of support provided by the university's accommodation service to help with this (Medicine students often share a house close to the hospital, which works well for Medicine clinical studies).

What is the workload like on a Cambridge course?

Cambridge courses are demanding, but they can also be very rewarding. We provide unparalleled learning opportunities for our students. Not only are you taught in the lecture theatre by academics who are experts in their field, but our supervision system means that you receive more personal tuition from them too. One of the most distinctive characteristics of our courses (also called Triposes at Cambridge) is that they cover the subject area very broadly in the initial years and then offer a wide range of options in which to specialise in the later years.

In terms of workload, this varies somewhat from subject to subject - you might like to watch 'A Day in the Life' to get a sense of what a typical week might be like for a sciences, arts or humanities student.

How expensive is studying and living in Cambridge?

For UK and EU students, Cambridge University charges £9,000 a year in tuition fees for all courses. It is important that you understand that UK and EU tuition fees will not need to be paid up front. Students will be able to pay their fees through government loans that are repaid after graduation, and only once a graduate earns more than £21,000 per year. For details of these loans and the further financial support available please see our financial support page.

With living costs, these can vary depending on your lifestyle - for example, depending on how much you like to spend per week on food (Cooking for yourself? Eating in the college dining hall? Going out for dinner?). A reasonable estimate for total living costs for 2016/17 is £8,500 for UK students for the three terms of the normal academic year. Overseas students should increase this figure for extra travel or accommodation costs according to their circumstances (we recommend that overseas students allow £9,570 per year). There may be some additional financial support available for maintenance (living costs) as well as tuition fees.

Do you have much spare time while studying? What is social life like at Cambridge?

While the courses at Cambridge can be quite intense, students still find time to socialise, get involved in sports, music, theatre or student unions, join societies (student clubs) - there are so many opportunities to have fun as well as study!

King's provides a relaxed and friendly environment where it's easy to meet people. When new students arrive each year, we have a Freshers' Week designed to welcome them and ease them into College life. More generally, King's is a fairly small community with lots of events and activities throughout the year, so there are plenty of opportunities for friendships to develop. Students from all backgrounds quickly feel at home in College. For more information on what it's like to study different subjects at King's, check out our student perspectives. We also have more general FAQs here.

Many thanks to the students from East Yorkshire for their questions!

Posted: 29 March 2016

30 March and 7 April - Informal Meetings for Prospective Students

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A view of Bodley's Court in King's

Are you thinking of making an application to Cambridge this October, and would it help to come and talk to us at King's? Wednesday 30 March or Thursday 7 April would be good times if you're able to come to Cambridge as we're holding meetings for prospective students on these days. It's nothing complicated - just a chance to meet Heather (one of our Admissions Officers) and ask any questions that you have at this stage. The meeting will be followed by a short tour of the college, or if you'd prefer to walk around the grounds of King's using our self-guided tour, you'll be very welcome to.

If you're interested in attending one of these informal meetings, do send us a quick email to book a place, including your name and the course you're interested in. We'll then send you further information.

Posted: 17 March 2016

Read All About It

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Keeping up-to-date with what's happening in the news can be a great way to explore your subject whatever course you're interested in studying, but especially for those with an interest in Politics and International Relations, Economics and Law. Here are just a few recent articles from different sources:

Current affairs programmes such as Panorama or Dispatches (both UK) or debate shows such as The Big Questions (UK) can also be useful for topical stories.

 

Posted: 23 February 2016

Sutton Trust Summer School

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Applications for the University of Cambridge’s summer schools – run in conjunction with the Sutton Trust – are now open.  Offering twenty five different subject streams across four weeks of July and August, these week-long residentials give students a real insight into what life at the University is like. The residentials are specifically designed to increase the educational opportunities of gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds - please check the eligibility criteria. All costs for the week (and travel to and from Cambridge) are covered, so there is a zero cost to participants.

More information about the application process can be found on the website. As well as covering traditional subjects, the summer schools also include a number of new topics that students may enjoy.  Details of these subjects can be found via the links below:

Applications are open until the 11 March 2016 and should be completed online through the Sutton Trust's website.

Posted: 11 February 2016

INSIGHTS Public Lectures

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Do you live near a university? Do check for public lectures. For example, the INSIGHTS lectures at Newcastle University are free and open to all.

Attending university lectures is a brilliant way to inform, stimulate, and excite debate.  These lectures aim to cover a wide range of disciplines and are a great way for you to explore contemporary issues, particularly those that affect our daily lives. Here is a taster of what is on offer:

Upcoming Lectures

You can also listen to recordings of previous lectures if you explore the archive section. You may find the recordings ordered by theme especially useful (click on the headings in the menu on the left of the page).

Posted: 5 February 2016

Friday 19 February - Informal Meeting for Prospective Students

View of Bodley's CourtAre you thinking of making an application to Cambridge this October, and would it help to come and talk to us at King's? Friday 19 February would be a good time if you're able to come to Cambridge as we're holding a meeting for prospective students for an hour that day. It's nothing complicated - just a chance to meet Heather (one of our Admissions Officers) and ask any questions that you have at this stage. The meeting will be followed by a short tour of the college, or if you'd prefer to walk around the grounds of King's using our self-guided tour, you'll be very welcome to.

If you're interested in attending this informal meeting, do send us a quick email to book a place, including your name and the course you're interested in. We'll then send you further information.

Posted: 1 February 2016

Year 12 Summer Schools

Bodley's Court lawn

Applications are open for the Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer Schools in Cambridge! These are very popular subject-specific residentials in July and August for eligible students in Year 12 (or equivalent) at state-maintained schools in the UK.  The programme includes lectures, seminars, discussion groups, practical work and social activities, as well as the opportunity to meet current staff and students and to live in a Cambridge College. The residentials are free of charge.

The Sutton Trust Summer Schools provide a very useful insight into what it is like to study at Cambridge so do apply for a place if you are curious to find out about studying at Cambridge and don't have much information about this already. Equally, please be aware that we receive far more applications than we have places available. It is important to read:

For full information and booking, please go to the Cambridge Admissions website. The application deadline is 11 March 2016. Good luck!

In more general terms, you may also find the King's page about applying with limited support or advice helpful.

Posted: 18 January 2016

Oxford and Cambridge Year 12 Student Conferences around the UK

Students in a College

Student conferences are a good opportunity to find out more from subject specialists, students and admissions staff

Bookings are open for the 2016 Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences, which will take place in Swansea, Birmingham, Merseyside, Newcastle, Lisburn, Edinburgh and Surrey during March.

The conference covers courses available at Oxford and Cambridge (sessions led by subject specialists), Applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including student life) talks, and plenty of opportunities to chat with current students and admissions staff at both universities and find out what studying at Oxford and Cambridge is really like. You will need a teacher to book a ticket for you if you would like to attend - do read the information on the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference website and ask a teacher to book your place (see the links to the different events on the right-hand side of the webpage linked above).

tracking our migratory birds to Africa and back

Posted: 5 January 2016

Nautilus – Science, connected

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The online and print journal Nautilus is not just for scientists. In fact, there are articles and blog posts on everything from ‘The Cello Music of the Spheres’ to ‘Why Red Means Red in Almost Every Language’.


“We are here to tell you about science and its endless connections to our lives. Each month we choose a single topic. And each Thursday we publish a new chapter on that topic online. Each issue combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story told by the world’s leading thinkers and writers. We follow the story wherever it leads us. Read our essays, investigative reports, and blogs. Fiction, too. Take in our games, videos, and graphic stories. Stop in for a minute, or an hour. Nautilus lets science spill over its usual borders. We are science, connected.”


Here are just a few links to articles in different subjects:

You can find articles on many more subjects through the links on the right of this page.

Posted: 9 October 2015

CUSU Shadowing Scheme

The CUSU Shadowing Scheme brings UK students from schools without a tradition of top university entry to Cambridge for three days in January or February. Prospective students come to Cambridge on the Thursday afternoon and stay until Saturday lunchtime. In that time you will spend time with a current undergraduate, studying a subject that you are interested in, who you 'shadow'.

As a 'shadow’, you'll see everything students can get up to on a day-to-day basis: lectures, supervisions, getting involved with student societies, clubs and sports teams, socialising and so on. You will also be given a lot of information about the application process by both students and Admissions Tutors. The scheme is open to Year 12 (England and Wales)/ S5 (Scotland)/ Year 13 (NI) students - click here for the appliction pages. For the last two years (2014 and 2015), the Scheme has been also open to mature student applicants, i.e. those who will be 21 or over at the time they start their course.

The idea is to give people with little or no experience of university a taste of student life at Cambridge, in real time, with real people. The Shadowing Scheme is specifically for students with little or no history of university in their family, students who have great reservations about applying to Cambridge or students whose school rarely sends students to University. The whole trip is funded by Cambridge University Student Union, the University, and the Colleges – all accommodation and food is free, and travel costs to and from Cambridge may be reimbursed on a needs basis. The Scheme is really popular; we receive more applications than places. As such, we ask that standard-age applicants are on track to achieve As and A*s in your A-Levels (or equivalent). If you already know that you want to apply to Cambridge or Oxford, or you have friends or relatives who have studied at Cambridge or Oxford, please come on an Open Day or other Cambridge scheme for which you are eligible instead.

The 2016 Shadowing Scheme will take place on:

  • Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 January 2016
  • Thursday 28 January - Saturday 30 January 2016
  • Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 February 2016 (also open to mature student applicants)

If you have any questions about the Shadowing Scheme, please contact the CUSU Access Officer.

Posted: 5 October 2015

The Subject Matters

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For more information, see The Subject Matters

Each autumn, the University of Cambridge runs practical and informative sessions for Year 11 students. The events, called The Subject Matters, highlight the importance of suitable A Level (or equivalent) subject choices when making an application to a selective, research-led university, and help students access information to make informed A Level choices. In addition, students are provided with information about the University of Cambridge, higher education and career opportunities as well as an overview of the application process and next steps. All sessions are delivered by Admissions Tutors and students have the opportunity to ask questions.

When will the sessions be held?

The Subject Matters sessions will take place in Cambridge on the following dates:

  •     Saturday 17 October 2015
  •     Friday 30 October 2015
  •     Saturday 31 October 2015
  •     Saturday 7 November 2015

How do I make a booking?

To book your place please use the online booking form.

 

Posted: 5 October 2015

Online Lectures and Seminars

Keyboard with green button saying Learn Even if you’re too far away to attend an event, or don’t have the free time to sign up for events going on nearby, there are some fantastic resources online to let you catch up with things you might have missed!

So if you didn't catch the “The Art of Science and Curation” series which took place at the Faculty of Classics in Cambridge last year, recordings of its seminars are still available online. You can listen to perspectives on objects in museums from Archaeologists, Historians, Curators, Art Historians – even Librarians.

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) often makes videos of its events, which include presentations on  Gender in the History of Political Thought and Heritage Places in Africa.

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge also post videos of their previous seminars and lectures.

And to watch and listen to lectures in a whole range of disciplines, Academic Earth host a collection of free online college courses from some of the world’s top universities – you can follow lecture courses in everything from Cognitive Neuroscience to Critical Reasoning for Beginners.

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Posted: 15 September 2015

Aged 21+? London event!

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Older students can apply to a standard-age College or to a mature college - it's your choice! Details

There is information about applying at the age of 21 or more on both the Cambridge university website and the King's website.

On Saturday the 19th of September, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and Harris Manchester College, Oxford are running an event for students aged 21+ in central London. There will be talks about studying at Oxbridge and the application process, as well as the opportunity to meet academics and Cambridge students to discuss applications in a group, or one to one with Admissions Tutors. Please see the information.

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Posted: 7 September 2015

Friday 4 Sept - Informal meeting for prospective students

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Are you thinking of making an application to Cambridge this October, and would it help to come and talk to us at King's? Friday 4 September would be a good time if you're able to come to Cambridge as we're holding a meeting for prospective students for an hour that day. It's nothing complicated - just a chance to meet Kristy (one of our Admissions Officers) and ask any questions that you have at this stage. If you want to also walk around the grounds of King's using our self-guided tour, you'll be very welcome to.

If you're interested in attending this informal meeting, do send us a quick email to book a place, including your name and the course you're interested in. We'll then send you further information.

Posted: 24 August 2015

A level or IB Subject Choices

Pete - Thinking about your options?

If you’ve just received your GCSE results – congratulations! If you haven't started thinking seriously about what subjects to take at A level or IB, now is a good time to look at your options.

Some courses at university require certain subjects at A level or IB (or an equivalent qualification) and so it’s worth thinking about what kinds of course you might apply to, and even just whether you’re more interested in the sciences, humanities or the arts – or a combination of these!

Maybe you’re not sure at this stage what broader area you might want to study, or even what kinds of courses are on offer? King’s has put together some advice on choosing your subjects.

We also offer advice for students taking the International Baccalaureate on choosing subjects.

Posted: 20 August 2015

Have you received AS Level results today?

If you're receiving your AS level results today - congratulations! If you haven't started thinking seriously about applying to university this year, now is a good time to look at your options.

If you're thinking of applying to Cambridge for the first time today, don't worry - there's still time! The application deadline for UK students applying through UCAS is the 15th of October, and the King's website offers lots of advice to students thinking of applying. Whether it's what courses Cambridge offers, choosing a subject and what subjects to pursue to full A-level, or how to apply to Cambridge with limited support and advice from your school, we're here to help.

As there are a couple of weeks of the summer holiday left, you might want to check out our page on developing your academic interests. We hope you'll take some well-earned rest, but now is a great opportunity to spend some time thinking around and outside of your subject. Browsing some of the other posts on this page might give you some ideas.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

NB: Students taking the International Baccalaureate, Pre-U, or other linear qualifications won’t have any public examination results in Year 12 or equivalent.  That’s absolutely fine; we can assess your application without them.  Please do submit a high school transcript so that we can take all your academic achievements to date into account, including any internal assessments.  See the King’s advice on compiling and submitting your transcript.

Posted: 13 August 2015

Digital.Bodleian

Old Schools Quadrangle, Bodleian Library, OxfordOld Schools Quad, Bodleian Library, Oxford. Image credit: Mikael Korhonen

The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford currently holds 11,746,808 printed items, 25,314 miles of archives and manuscripts, and 1,250,000 maps. The newly launched Digital.Bodleian aims to open some of this extraordinary collection to users from around the world for learning, teaching, and research.

You can now browse...

... among many other collections.

The Cambridge University Library has its own Cambridge Digital Library. Most recently, a first selection of items from the Royal Commonwealth Society Library and the entire Lewis-Gibson collection of medieval Jewish manuscripts has been added to the online collection.

Posted: 11 August 2015

FutureLearn

Basic Science: understanding numbers from the Open University is a four week course beginning on 6 July. The course explains how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything from atoms to oceans.

Here's an opportunity to explore and develop your academic interests this Summer, whatever your subject, wherever you live.

FutureLearn offers free online courses, developed by leading universities and cultural institutions. For example, beginning next week (29 June) you could explore Literature of the English Country House with the University of Sheffield, or deploy Real World Calculus with the University of Sheffield.

Posted: 23 June 2015

Booking opens for Cambridge Open Days

Tour of King's with a current student

Booking is now open for the Cambridge Open Days on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2015. If you are are thinking of applying for undergraduate study at Cambridge in the coming admissions round (either for entry in October 2016 or deferred entry in October 2017) you and up to two supporters are invited to visit the University of Cambridge and its colleges.

King's will be holding an open house for all Cambridge Open Day visitors from 9am to 5.30pm each day. Please do call in at your convenience to meet and chat to the admissions team and our current students and take a tour of the college. We will also be offering subject meetings (the programme will be published on our website nearer the time). We look forward to seeing you!

Posted: 28 April 2015

#CambTweet Q&A: Saturday 21 March

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A message from Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) to all prospective students:

Interested in a quick, easy way to find out what life is really like as a student at the universities of Oxford or Cambridge? Here's one that won't even involve you leaving your computer - it's on Twitter! #CambTweet and #OxTweet are student-run Twitter-based schemes: student volunteers tweet daily about their lives at the universities - everything from what and how they’re studying to getting involved with clubs/societies and hanging out with friends. This Saturday (21 March) from 9-10pm, we are running a joint online Question and Answer session: many of our volunteers will be online especially to answer your questions about becoming and being a university student, so if something is on your mind that you want answered, tweet us with it!

CUSU also publish an Alternative Prospectus.

Posted: 17 March 2015

Trinity College Residentials for UK Sixth Formers in Cambridge

Fountain, Great Court, Trinity College, CambridgeFountain in the Great Court, Trinity College, Cambridge. Image credit: Matthias Rosenkranz

Trinity College, Cambridge is offering subject-specific residential visits in the Easter and Summer vacations. They are completely free, including accommodation and all meals, and they are open to applications from all students at UK schools who will be at least 16 by the first day of the residential.

Booking has now opened for the Humanities Residential which will take place during the Easter vacation from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 April.

Applications will be opening soon for the following residentials which will take place during the Summer vacation:

  • Science Residential: Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 June
  • Law Residential: Tuesday 30 June to Wednesday 1 July
  • Music Residential: Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 of July
  • Language-based Humanities Residential: Monday 24 – Tuesday 25 August

Keep checking the Access at Trinity website for updates.

Posted: 23 February 2015

What's the Big Idea?

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The Big Idea is a monthly podcast, in which a group of academics is brought together from across the University of Edinburgh to debate topical issues and showcase their research. Recent editions have focused on the Scottish referendum on independence, our relationship with technology, and women's role and participation in society. As you listen, ask yourself how each academic makes connections between their own work, their colleagues' work, and current affairs. Try linking your work in any subject to your work in another subject and / or the news.

Posted: 17 February 2015

What's on? Public lectures at a university near you

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Universities share their latest research in public lectures, open to all, free of charge:

If you can't make it on the day, universities very often publish videos or transcripts of their public lectures on their websites after the event. For example, browse the latest uploads to the University of Cambridge's Video and Audio Service.

Posted: 7 February 2015

A Good Read?

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How do you make the reading you do in your own time count? One way to help yourself think independently and engage critically with your reading is to start or join a reading group. Take your inspiration from Radio 4's A Good Read, where the presenter and her two guests each choose a book they've enjoyed reading, introducing it to and discussing it with the others. Why not swap recommendations with a friend and meet to discuss your responses to each other's choice?

Posted: 4 February 2015

Year 12 UNIQ Summer Schools at Oxford University

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How will you be spending your Summer vacation?

UNIQ is a programme of free summer schools at the University of Oxford. UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education and who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Choose from a wide range of courses and spend a week attending lectures and seminars in Oxford in July or August. Applications close on 12 February, so get going now!

See also the Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer Schools for a similar opportunity in Cambridge. Sutton Trust Summer Schools also run at other top UK universities.

Posted: 2 February 2015

Oxford Pathways: Year 12 Study Days on 17, 18, 19 March

Sheldonian Theatre, University of OxfordSheldonian Theatre, University of Oxford. Image credit: Julie Anne Johnson

The Oxford Pathways Programme is now taking bookings for its Year 12 Study Days on 17, 18 and 19 March. Subjects on offer range from Biomedical Sciences to Earth Sciences, History to Economics and Management, and Classics to German. The Study Days are open to Year 12 students, at non-selective state schools or colleges in the UK, who have the potential to make a competitive application to Oxford University. See a sample timetable and book online. There is some accommodation available, free of charge, for those who are travelling furthest: make your request on the booking form. Applications close this Friday 30 January, so act swiftly!

Posted: 26 January 2015

The Cycle of Terms

'Parking problems': bicycles pile up outside King's. Credit: Phil Shirley

Full term began for our current Cambridge students last Thursday.  To celebrate the new academic year,  join them in their morning pedal to lectures by watching this video.

A number of our current students write about a typical day during termtime in their King's Student Perspectives.

All the best for the new academic year to everyone!

Posted: 13 October 2014

The X Factor: Multidisciplinary (and Interdisciplinary) Approaches to Classics

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At the recent Classics Faculty Sixth Form Study Days, King's Classicist Ingo Gildenhard explained how multidisciplinary approaches to Classics underpins teaching and learning at Cambridge.

The Classics Faculty is divided into caucuses, each of which brings a different approach to the study of Classics: Caucus A (Literature); Caucus B (Philosophy); Caucus C (History); Caucus D (Art and Archaeology) and Caucus E (Linguistics).

Dr. Gildenhard gave an example of how his colleagues in different caucuses each brought a different approach to the study of Ovid's Ars Amatoria [The Art of Love] in a recent lecture series:

  • A: Poetics, or: The (S)expert at Work
  • B: Sexual Ethics [gender relations, feminist readings]
  • C: The Empire Strikes Back [Ovid and Augustus, the politics of the Ars, Ovid’s banishment to the Black Sea]
  • D: Sex and the City [Ovid and the monuments, his rewriting of Rome’s urban topography]
  • E: The Language of Love (and Sex) [how can we understand the different range of meanings of Latin words to English dictionary equivalents - does raptor mean ‘rapist’ or ‘seducer’? and how does it relate to rapina and rapio?]

The students and academics gain enormously from exploring these multidisciplinary perspectives.  If and when they combine two or more approaches to address a particular topic, thereby transcending any one discipline, their work becomes interdisciplinary.

For this reason, King's Classicist John Henderson and his colleague Geoffrey Lloyd pioneered an X Caucus (Interdisciplinary) in the 1980s, to allow and encourage Cambridge students and academics to cross disciplines in their study of the Classics.

Multidisciplinarity is not restricted to Classics! You will be able to find multidisciplinary (and interdisciplinary) approaches to almost any topic. Have you got the X Factor? Think of a topic that has caught your attention in one of your A Level subjects and ask yourself what your knowledge and skills in your other A Level subjects can bring to it.

 

Posted: 9 October 2014

In Our Time

Students discuss their work with their supervisior in a King's supervision.A King's supervision in progress

What do we mean when we say that we're looking for students who can think critically and independently?

Listening to Radio 4's In Our Time programme will give you an insight into what Cambridge is looking for in our students, our methods of teaching and learning, and our interviews. Each week, presenter Melvyn Bragg discusses a topic in depth with three academics.  You'll notice how in the course of forty-five minutes the guests identify the key questions to be addressed, examine all sides of the debate, frame clear and confident arguments of their own, and engage enthusiastically and flexibly with each other. Much of the teaching and learning at Cambridge happens in similar small group discussions, known as supervisions. In many respects, our interviews model the format of a supervision, so that we admit the students who will benefit most from this style of teaching.

But most importantly, tuning into In Our Time will give you insight into your subject, whatever it may be! The BBC has an archive of 646 programmes and counting, which cover wide-ranging topics in culture, history, philosophy, religion, and science. Last week, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed the philosophy of solitude.  This week, they'll discuss the medieval writer and mystic Hildegard of Bingen. Whatever your interests, you'll find a relevant programme.  You're just as likely to become fascinated by a topic you'd never heard of or thought about before.

Posted: 25 June 2014

Universities Celebrate the Tour de France in Yorkshire and Cambridge

Bicyles outside King's College, CambridgeBicyles outside King's Credit: Paul Shirley

The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 is coming to Britain!

Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

The University of Leeds has been counting down to the start of Stage 1 with a timepiece crafted by Engineering students, among other events.

The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds is showing Maxine Peake's tribute to British cycling champion Beryl Burton from 30 June to 19 July. The theatre is also host to a panel discussion on women in sport on 30 June.

Stage 2: York to Sheffield

The University of York cycled the solar system last weekend in readiness for Stage 2.

Academics from Sheffield Hallam University will lead athletes and commentators in a discussion of the Tour de France's impact on science and techology, health, and economy in its Science of Cycling event on 30 June.

Stage 3: Cambridge to London

The peloton will roll past King's College at the start of Stage 3. The University of Cambridge Museums are marking the occasion. The Polar Museum is holding an exhibition called 'Reinventing the Wheel: Bicyles in the Polar Regions' from 10am to 4pm on 1 - 12 July. The Fitzwilliam is hosting Cambridge Cycle of Songs on the steps of the museum from 11.30 to 12.30 on 7 July.  Local school choirs will sing from nine pieces specially commissioned from composers and poets to celebrate iconic locations along the Tour's route in Cambridge.

As the Tour crosses the English Channel again, Britain's celebration of the bicycle continues. The annual Stockton Cycling Festival returns on 11 - 13 July.

Posted: 24 June 2014

The 2014 Cambridge Open Days Programme is published!

Cambridge Open Days programme cover

The large Cambridge Open Days are on Thurs 3 and Fri 4 July. This event is for students who are considering an application in September/October 2014.

Do explore the 2014 Cambridge Open Days programme for details of course presentations and sample lectures in your subject, College opening times and locations. If you are interested in visiting a particular College, their website will normally have more detail. At King's, we're open from 9 until 5.30pm as part of the Cambridge Open Days, and we invite you to join tours of the College, subject meetings (students only for those) and chat with current students and admissions staff. See the details for Thurs 3 July and for Fri 4 July.

Booking is required. Although there are no general places left for the Cambridge Open Days, there are still plenty of places available for students who book to attend a College Open Day (you will also be able to attend Cambridge Open Day events in the afternoon) or a North East Welcome Event (please email us for details if you're from the North East). Please see the information about how to attend the Cambridge Open Days now that registration has closed.

We hope to see you there! If you can't attend, don't worry though, as the information that you need to make a successful application is also available online, and you are welcome to email us with any questions.

Posted: 18 June 2014

Use Your Local Library

Student studying in King's College Library

King's graduate Zadie Smith (English, 1994-1997) celebrated and defended local libraries in this 2012 essay, explaining that:

"Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay."

At Cambridge, our students have 114 libraries to choose from.  You can take a virtual tour of the King's College Library and watch Cambridge students' quest for the perfect desk.

As your exams come to an end and a lovely, long Summer beckons, you'll have more time to read around your subject.  If you don't already use your local library, you will find out where it is and what it has to offer here.  If your local library doesn't have what you're looking for, you can request an inter-library loan.

Your local university library may be able to help, too.  For example, Newcastle University's Sixth Form Access Scheme provides reference facilities for Year 12s and 13s in the North East of England.  The University of Reading Library offers similar opportunities to local sixth formers.

Posted: 17 June 2014

Are you going to a UCAS Higher Education Convention?

Hull Paragon Station.
Credit: Phil Richards

There are lots of UCAS Higher Education Conventions on at the moment. These are a great opportunity to talk to reps from different universities and explore your options further. There will be a lot of people there, so our advice is to make a list of the universities that you particularly want to talk to, and also to think about what questions you will ask them before the event. Good luck!

Posted: 15 June 2014

Universities Week: 9 - 15 June 2014

Elvet Bridge, Durham

Elvet Bridge on the River Wear, Durham. Credit: Tim Rawle

Next week is Universities Week! From Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June, universities across the UK are inviting us to be inspired, get involved and discover the work that they are doing to improve the way we live our lives.

As part of Universities Week 2014, you can...

  • Dive into Durham. Find out about the amazing discoveries made by Gary Bankhead, underwater archaeologist at the University of Durham, in the River Wear.  The exhibition opens at Palace Green Library, Durham, on Saturday 7 June
  • Try to tell a human from a machine at Turing 2014.  King's mathematician Alan Turing famously asked 'Can machines think?'  The University of Reading is conducting live Turing tests - pitting man against machine - at the Royal Society in London on Saturday 7 June
  • View the Cleveland College of Art and Design's Degree Exhibition 2014.  The students' work will be showcased to the public at Church Square, Hartlepool from Friday 6 to Saturday 14 June

Find an event near you.

Posted: 5 June 2014