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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. 

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Tuesday 6 June 2017

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What is it really like to study Engineering?

Cambridge Science Festival 2017

Poster for the cambridge science festival

It's nearly time for this year's Cambridge Science Festival, which will run from 13 - 16 March 2017.

The Science Festival provides the public with opportunities to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest and concern and to raise aspirations by encouraging young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Over 170 event coordinators organise talks, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, film showings and debates with the assistance of around 1,000 staff and students from departments and organisations across the University and research institutions, charities and industry in the eastern region.

You can read more, download the programme or search events online on the Festival website.

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Thursday 23 February 2017

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God-Curious: Asking Eternal Questions

The Dean of King’s Stephen Cherry, has this week published a book intended to encourage sixth formers to consider studying theology. Called God-Curious: Asking Eternal Questions, the book came out of Stephen’s observation that, ‘on the whole, introductory books about theology are not as interesting or attractive as the subject itself.’

So, encouraged by our undergraduate admissions team, Stephen wrote some material for the King’s website that put forward the idea that theology is fascinating, fun and important: 

Stephen explains how the book itself emerged.

‘I was aware, as I wrote the new webpages, that there are those who think that theology is only possibly of interest to people who follow one religion or another. So I also wrote some material that made the point that even if you think religion is absurd it’s not going to go away any time soon, so it might be good idea to discover a bit more about how it all hangs together.

I hadn’t been writing for long when I realised that I had more than a few webpages on my hands and so – partly because I had just broken my ankle – I decided to see what happened if I tried to write something more extensive. It wasn’t long before I had the first draft of a little book that argued that theology is fascinating, fun and important, and that it is, in fact, the antidote to fundamentalism.’

Stephen has written more extensively about the book on his blog Another Angle.

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Tuesday 21 February 2017

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Hull, City of Culture 2017

Hull History CentreImage credit: gnomonic

The award "UK City of Culture" is given every four years to a city that demonstrates the belief in the transformational power of culture. Hull was announced the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 in 2013 and will celebrate the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography for the year with an arts and cultural programme. 

If you are interested in the Arts and Humanities, why not have a look at what Hull UK City of Culture 2017 has to offer this year? This is a good opportunity to develope your academic interest in your field, so look out for talks, exhibitions and other interesting events in Hull!

Some suggestions that you might find interesting:

Do you like literature? Why not start getting your teeth into Dylan Thomas' poetry with a performance of the soundtrack to the film Set Fire To The Stars?

If you are interested in history, you could visit the Hull History Centre to view the Hull Charters. 

And in the exhibition Lines of Thought you will be able to see drawings by famous artists from Dürer to Degas, Michelangelo to Matisse and Rembrandt to Riley, so delve into the history of art with these great masters.

For more information see the Hull City of Culture 2017 website and especially their What's On page.

Date posted: 

Sunday 1 January 2017

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Cambridge Shakespeare Festival 2016

Fellows Garden

King's College Gardens

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival takes place in July and August, with eight plays performed outside in some of the beautiful College gardens. Do see the website for full details.

11 July - 30 July 2016:

Character from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Credit: Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

1 - 20 August 2016:

1 - 27 August 2016:

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Tuesday 19 July 2016

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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.

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Friday 29 April 2016

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New Tracks in Education

Are you interested in how we learn and what makes people tick? Do you want to learn more about international development and how educational inequalities can be overcome? Or are you interested in the role of Literature, Drama and the Arts in society? If so, Education might be the course for you. Education at Cambridge is a rigorous and rewarding interdisciplinary degree. You follow one of three tracks, combining in-depth study of a particular field of interest with an examination of wider educational and social issues:

The Education, Psychology and Learning track focuses on education from a psychological perspective; exploring human development and education in a variety of social and cultural environments.

Education, Policy and International Development provides critical perspectives on education’s role in social and economic change and on approaches to addressing education inequalities globally.

Education, English, Drama and the Arts combines the study of English Literature, and the option of studying Drama, with key issues in Education, such as debates around creativity, learning and culture.

Please note, the Education Course is not offered at King's College, but is available at many other colleges (see course availability).  Find out more on the Faculty of Education website.

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Friday 18 March 2016

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Shakespeare Solos

First pages of a shakespeare folioCredit: POP

To mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, leading actors perform some of Shakespeare's greatest speeches in a video series for The Guardian.

The first six videos include speeches from Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III.

Students who study English at Cambridge take a paper (a module) on Shakespeare in their first or second year, but it can be daunting deciding where to begin with 37 plays and over a hundred poems to be getting on with!

You might like to start by looking back at what you’ve already covered. Maybe you've studied one of Shakespeare’s Tragedies at school (Macbeth, King Lear or Hamlet may be familiar?) or one the Comedies (Much Ado about Nothing or Twelfth Night?). You may even have studied a play that fits more problematically into both of or between these categories, such as The Tempest or The Merchant of Venice. Have you ever read some of Shakespeare's sonnets, or one of his longer poems such as Venus and Adonis? Have you ever read, or seen performed, one of the History plays?

David Morrissey's performance of the opening speech of Richard III might be a good place to start.

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Wednesday 24 February 2016

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