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.
Each year the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford organise a series of joint conferences for Year 12 (or equivalent) students* and their teachers/HE advisers.This year they will be held in Edinburgh, Merseyside. Newcastle, Surrey, Lisburn, Birmingham and Swansea from mid-March to the end of March.
The conferences will cover:
Courses available at Oxford and Cambridge
Applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Life)
Student finance and careers
Oxford & Cambridge Admissions for Teachers and HE Advisors - new programme for 2017 at most venues
Do you want to study Engineering in the future? Or do you just want to see how a large University Department is run from the inside? Then this is your chance! Each year, the Department of Engineering offers a small number of work experience placements to school students, so here is your oportunity to get an inside look.
In 2017, work experience placements will take place during the week commencing Monday 10th July. The closing date for applications for the 2017 round of Work Experience placements is Monday 9th January 2017. For more information and download of the application form please visit the Work Experience Website.
Booking has opened for the February Year 12 Saturday Masterclasses in Cambridge. These events provide you with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within your school syllabus, and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge.
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (If you're interested in languages, consider giving yourself access to languages, cultures, politics etc outside of Europe. You can study Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures on their own, or you can comine with a language that you already study, such as French, German, Spanish)
Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion (Recommended if you enjoy subjects such as Philosophy, Ethics as well as Theology. See Why study Theology?)
Classics (You don't need to have studied Latin or Greek before - give it a try)
History and Politics
History and Modern Languages
Law (You don't need to be studying law at school to apply for Law)
If you are at a state school from one of the areas listed at the bottom of this post (but not Cambridge), please read about the link area accommodation scheme if you need accommodation the night before the event. Otherwise, if you need accommodation, this page may be helpful.
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.
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:
The CUSU Shadowing Scheme is open for applications again! The Shadowing Scheme brings UK students from schools without a tradition of top university entry to Cambridge for three days.
Over three weekends (Thursday to Saturday) in January and February prospective students come to Cambridge and spend time with a current undergraduate. The idea is to give people with little or no experience of university a taste of student life at Cambridge, by 'shadowing' a Cambridge student, studying a subject that they are interested in. Shadows stay in college accommodations, eat their meals in the college halls and follow their mentors to lectures, seminars and supervisions. They also get the chance to have a taste of social life and the fun activities that Cambridge students enjoy in their free time to get a rounded picture of what studying at Cambridge means.
For full information please see the CUSU Shadowing Scheme website.