Posted: 13 September 2016
Geography fieldwork summer school
The Yorkshire Wolds
Credit: Isobel Bowditch
Do you want to bring classroom learning to life, improve your geographical skills and knowledge and prepare for university?
The Royal Geographical Society's Learning and Leading programme is holding a fully funded, residential fieldwork summer school for geography students at the end of their first year of AS studies (or equivalent) in August 2016 at the Cranedale Centre in Yorkshire. Packed full of outdoor fieldwork in a variety of environments with some additional team-building exercises and classroom based GIS and data analysis sessions, the Summer School is run by experienced geography tutors from the field centre. It is tailored to supplement the national curriculum and introduce you to new and exciting ways of studying geography.
There are only 16 places available and the deadline for applying is 5pm on Friday 20 May 2016. Please read the guidance notes for full details and eligibility guidelines before applying and click here for an application form.
Posted: 16 May 2016
University of York Subject Conferences
Heslington Hall, University of York
Credit: John Robinson
The University of York have several Subject Conferences scheduled for June and July this year. These events give Year 12 and mature students the chance to explore a particular subject in depth and have a taste of what university level study is like. The days include lectures, some practical workshops, a campus tour and the opportunity to talk to staff and current students.
13 June 2016 - Philosophy - includes a keynote talk from leading academic Owen Hulatt, lectures from research academics in the Department of Philosophy, seminar sessions and an optional campus tour. Deadline for applications: Monday 6 June 2016
22 June 2016 - Psychology - an exciting look at the mind, brain, and behaviour. It includes taster lectures on current research, hands-on practicals and demonstrations, as well as the chance to speak with current students about their experience as undergraduates. Booking required, limited places.
6 July 2016 - Chemistry - includes a keynote lecture by a member of academic research staff from the Department of Chemistry, a tour of spectroscopic techniques, molecular modelling workshop, lab activities, advice on applications, and an optional campus tour. Deadline for applications: 27 June 2016
Posted: 13 May 2016
Subject tasters at Cambridge including an overnight stay
The Wren Library at Trinity College
Are you in Year 12? Do you want to attend subject taster events but struggle because you live some way from Cambridge? Some Cambridge Colleges offer taster events including an overnight stay, which will be very helpful if you want to find out more about what studying your chosen course will be like. There is no obligation to apply to the College organising the event (though you are welcome to if you want to).
All of the following residentials are free of charge, including accommodation and all meals. Do read the full information and check for eligibility criteria before making an application:
At Corpus Christi College:
At Trinity College:
Booking for all events below closes on 23 May. It's an extended deadline - please ignore the part on the page where it says that booking has closed. You'll see the extended deadline on the application form.
30 June - 1 July - Law residential
26 - 28 July - Language-based humanities residential
16 - 17 August - Biological and Medical Sciences residential
30 - 31 August - Women in STEM residential
(If you are interested in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering or Engineering)
Posted: 5 May 2016
Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Credit: Phil Dolby
You may have read in the news recently that 23 April 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
On last week's BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live, Edward Wilson-Lee (Faculty of English) and Victoria Bartels (Faculty of History) contributed to the commemorations of the death of Shakespeare.
The BBC Shakespeare Festival has lots more TV & Radio programmes coming up, as well as articles on historical performances, and Much Ado Near Me, which features regional Shakespeare resources, including clips and articles for Newcastle, York and the Tees.
There are also upcoming events in and around London as part of Shakespeare400, a season of cultural and artistic events throughout the year celebrating Shakespeare's creative achievement and his profound influence on culture across the centuries. Events include theatre, music, opera, dance, and exhibitions. Some highlights:
- Exhibition - Shakespeare Revisitied: Portraits of contemporary authors re-telling Shakespeare - Shakespeare's Globe, London, 20 April – 2 May 2016
- Talk - Shakespeare, Language and the Elizabethan Mind - St Botolph’s Hall, London, 5 May 2016
- Screening - Shakespeare on Film: A season of film, TV and special events in cinemas - various dates and UK locations
- Performance - Henry V (Open Air Theatre) - Regent's Park, London, 17 June - 09 July 2016
Posted: 24 April 2016
Student Life FAQs
King's College Fun Day
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
Year 12 Mathematical problem-solving day (female only)
- at a non-selective state-maintained school, sixth-form college or academy in the UK
- studying A level Maths (and Further Maths if offered by your school), IB Higher level Maths, or equivalent
- considering applying to study Mathematics or a very closely-related subject at university?
Then do have a look at this mathematics problem-solving day on Monday 18 April
This full-day event is designed to be a stimulating introduction to advanced mathematical problem-solving, and will help students to develop their mathematical thinking and confidence in tackling challenging problems. The day will include morning and afternoon interactive problem-solving workshops, as well as talks giving an accessible insight into some of the areas of maths you may encounter at university.
NB. a limited number of travel grants available, particularly for schools/colleges which are a considerable distance from Cambridge.
Posted: 9 March 2016
A round up of forthcoming Year 12 events in Cambridge!
There are lots of events in Cambridge and new ones are being advertised regularly. Here is a quick round up of key dates. Click on each link to see info and to book a place:
- 7 - 20 March - Cambridge Science Festival
- 11 March - Linguistics Open Day
- 11 March - Modern and Medieval Languages Open Day
- 11 March - Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Open Day
- 14 March - Progress in English Studies Conference
- 18 March - Classics Open Day
- 21 March - Identities, Boundaries and Movement of People study day
- 22 March - Crime and Punishment study day
- 23 March - Sciences / Maths (STEM) study day
- 24 March - Biological Sciences subject day
- 4 April - Biological Sciences subject day
- 8 April - Chemistry masterclass
- 8 April - History of Art masterclass
- 8 April - Linguistics masterclass
- 8 April - Politics and International Studies masterclass
- 9 April - Archaeology masterclass
- 9 April - Law masterclass
- 18 April - Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion Open Day
- 23 April - Education masterclass
- 23 April - Engineering masterclass
- 23 April - History masterclass
- 23 April - Medicine masterclass
- 30 April - Maths Open Day (including at King's)
- 7 May - Maths Open Day
- 7 May - Music Open Day
- 22 June - Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Open Day
- 28 June - Medicine Masterclass (you need a teacher to fill in the form)
- 29 June - Law Open Day
- 29 June - Classics Study Day
- 30 June - Cambridge University Open Day (all subjects, all colleges)
- 1 July - Cambridge University Open Day (all subjects, all colleges)
If you would like to look around King's whilst you are in Cambridge for one of these events, remember that the public areas of College are always open to prospective students. If you introduce yourself at the porters' lodge, the porters will give you a copy on the self-guided tour for prospective students, which will show you what you are looking at, and please feel free to email us after your visit with any questions.
We welcome requests from students at state schools in the areas (except Cambridge) listed below to stay overnight the night before events if accommodation is not provided. If this is relevant to you, please read the full information about the Link Area Accommodation Scheme and how to book an overnight room at King's.
Posted: 25 February 2016
What does it look like? Virtual tours!
A supervision in an academic's room in King's - lots of books!
Increasingly, UK universities are offering virtual tours so that prospective students who can't visit have the opportunity to look around.
If you are thinking about studying at Cambridge University, you may have read about the Cambridge Colleges where students live, socialise and have subject supervisions in small groups with an academic, but sometimes we know that it can be hard to imagine what they look like if you've not had a chance to visit.
At King's, we have virtual tours so that you can look around the grounds, the College library and our Chapel. In each case, you can use the 'navigate' button in the top left of the screen to move from place to place. You may also find our map and facilities section useful.
Newnham College. Credit: Steve Cadman (cropped)
You may also want to look inside some of the other Cambridge Colleges. Thanks to Google Streetview, you can look inside: Trinity Hall, Newnham College, Queens' College, Gonville & Caius College, and St John's College. In each case once you are on Googlemaps, you need to look out for the yellow man in the bottom right corner of the screen, and drag and drop him onto the map where the College is in order to look inside.
Fitzwilliam College. Credit: Alvin Leong
Other Colleges have tours more like the King's ones, such as Selwyn College, Pembroke College, Fitzwilliam College, and Sidney Sussex College. Although there is much more to a College community than the buildings and gardens, sometimes liking how a College looks can be the thing that inspires you to find out more on the College websites.
As well as belonging one of the Colleges, all students at Cambridge also go to the relevant faculty for their course (there's a building for each subject), where you are taught in lectures and can use any labs, studios or equipment that is needed, as well as the specialist faculty library. In your faculty, you are taught with students from all of the Colleges who study the same subject as you, so it's also a good chance to meet more people who share your academic interests.
Foyer in the Music Faculty
Posted: 5 February 2016
7 Things you need to know about prime numbers (filmed lecture)
Credit: Maret Hosemann (cropped)
Prime numbers are fundamentally important in mathematics. In this Year 12 talk by Dr Vicky Neale (Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford), discover some of the beautiful properties of prime numbers, and learn about some of the unsolved problems that mathematicians are working on today.
For more maths talks and other online resources, see the Millenium Maths Project website.
Posted: 3 February 2016
Reith Lectures on Black Holes (Stephen Hawking)
Credit: Lwp Kommunikáció
Each year the BBC invites leading speakers in different fields to deliver the Reith lectures, which are broadcast on Radio 4. The subject of this year's Reith Lectures is Black Holes and the speaker is Stephen Hawking. If you have not already caught them, you might enjoy the following Radio 4 broadcasts:
Lecture 1: Do Black Holes have no hair?
This was broadcast on 26 January.
A transcript is also available if you prefer to read the lecture.
Or you might enjoy this illustrated animation.
Lecture 2: Black Holes ain't as black as they are painted
This will be on Radio 4 next Tuesday at 09:00
..and if you'd like to test your knowledge, do have a look at this quiz on black holes.
NB. This is an example of a resource that can be accessed from lots of different places. We tag such posts with 'all locations'. If you live some way from Cambridge, clicking on the all locations page can be useful so that you filter out events in Cambridge and events in specific areas of the UK.
Posted: 27 January 2016
Year 12 Summer Schools
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:
- the application information
- the detailed eligibility criteria
- how we select students for the summer schools
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
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).
Posted: 5 January 2016
Year 12 Architecture, English and Classics events on 27 February!
Find out what studying your subject at Cambridge is really like
Credit: Robert (cropped)
Would you like to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge and explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within your school syllabus? Then you might be interested in attending a Saturday Masterclass on 27 February.
We advise you to read about these events and book as soon as possible if you are interested:
If you study at a state school in one of the areas tagged at the bottom of this post, please consider using the King's Year 12 Link Area Accommodation Scheme to request a room in King's College on the night of Friday 26 February (this is subject to availability). Details of how to request a room are in the grey box in the link.
If you are interested in other subjects, please explore the full list of upcoming events, and consider registering your interest (on the right of the page) so that you receive an email when further events in other subjects are advertised.
Posted: 4 January 2016
King's students write about a typical day
Do you want to know what it's like to be a student at King's? King's College Student Union (KCSU) is keen to help you out - they are collecting short accounts written by current students of what it is like to study here. Do look at A Day In The Life Of.... and click on the subject you're most interested in, or start with Scott's general description of life as a fresher.
Did you find this useful? Then do also look a our King's Student Perspectives section for more student writing.
Posted: 25 August 2015
University of Hull's OpenCampus Programme
It's a new term at the University of Hull's OpenCampus programme:
- There is a new series of Tea-Time Talks, focusing on health and wellbeing, held on Tuesday evenings from 6.15pm to 7.45pm. The series will kick off with a talk by Professor Andrew L. Clark, Chair of Clinical Cardiology at Hull York Medical School, on 'The world's number one killer: "can you save yourselves?"' on Tuesday 5 May.
- The Culture Café will be celebrating postgraduate and postdoctoral research emerging from the Department of English on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm. In the first session, Emma Butcher will explore the Brontës' childhood writings on Wednesday 6 May.
Places are limited, so booking is essential. You can register online, or call Nicola Sharp or Jackie McAndrew on 01482 466321 / 466585.
Posted: 21 April 2015
Café Scientifique: science for the price of a coffee
A Cafe Scientifique meeting in Reading, debating 'food out of season: good or evil?' Image credit: Karen Blakeman
Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafés, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.
Since 1998, cafés have covered almost every conceivable scientific topic: AIDS, the Big Bang, biodiversity, cancer, code-breaking, consciousness, Darwinism, ecology, evolution, extreme life, foetal experience, genetically modified organisms, global warming, infertility, nanotechnology, the Public Understanding of Science movement, sports science, superconductors and more.
- Discover how it works
- Find your local Café Scientifique:
- The Beverley Café meets on the last Wednesday every month. Its next meeting at 7.30pm on the 29 April will hear from David Sands on 'Entropy and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: unravelling the mysery'
- The Durham Café meets at 3.45pm on Saturdays in termtime and outside of exam season! Their next meeting will be on 30 May, when James Currie will discuss interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.
- The Newcastle Café is part of a broader Café Culture programme. The next meeting of their Café Scientifique will be at 7pm on 20 April, when Carl Heneghan will discuss 'Dangerous Drugs and Deadly Devices.'
- The Stockton Café will hold its next meeting at 8pm on 21 April when Christine Watson will present on 'Crop Rotations: back to the future.'
- The Reading Café meets on selected Mondays. Keep an eye on their website for upcoming events.
Cafés Scientifique are also held in North America, South America, elsewhere in Europe, and Asia, Africa, and Australasia. From Bangkok, Thailand to Santa Fe, Argentina, you can find a forum to share your love of science and technology!
Posted: 15 April 2015
Introduction to Archives Workshop for Sixth Formers at King's
Kennesaw State University Archives. Image credit: Anne G
- Are you currently taking AS / A Level History or English Literature?
- Are you interested in finding out about and using archives in your work?
If so, King's College Archive Centre invites you to an Introduction to Archives Workshop on Friday 10 April, using the papers of Rupert Brooke.
Peter Monteith, an archivist at King's College, will explore approaches to using archives for research with you. You will then gain experience of archives, through an exploration of the life, poetry, and myth surrounding King's student and First World War poet Rupert Brooke.
The workshop will equip you to use the King's College Archive Centre yourself, either during an optional reading room session on the morning of Saturday 11 April (numbers limited) or at another time during the Centre's normal opening hours.
NB. Are you at a state school in one of the areas listed below? If so, please do request accommodation through the Year 12 Link Area Accommodation Scheme at King's for this or any other event advertised on the Cambridge page!
Posted: 23 March 2015
Theology and Religious Studies Open Day in Cambridge
Celebrating Holi, a Hindu Spring Festival. Image credit: Alessandro Baffa
The Faculty of Divinity is holding an Open Day for those interested studying Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge on 20 April. You can find out more and book a place on the Faculty website.
NB. Are you at a state school in one of the areas listed below? If so, please do request accommodation through the Year 12 Link Area Accommodation Scheme at King's for this or any other event advertised on the Cambridge page!
Posted: 13 March 2015
British Science Week: 13 - 22 March
British Science Week is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events across the UK for people of all ages. You can find an event near you on the British Science Association website.
Take a look at the programme of events planned at your local university:
Posted: 25 February 2015
Languages and Linguistics Open Day - Fri 13 March
The Cambridge languages and linguistics courses are very broad, and you can tailor them to your interests.
The Languages and Linguistics Open Days on Friday 13 March are amongst the best opportunities to find out more about studying Modern and Medieval Languages, Linguistics, or Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University.
You can go to sample lectures, talks on learning a language from scratch and the Year Abroad, chat with lecturers, current students and staff from the Language Centre, visit the Linguistics Labs for Phonetics and Psycholinguistics, as well as the Faculty Library, and have lunch at one of the Colleges (we'll take you there and back).
NB. Are you at a state school in one of the areas listed below? If so, do feel free to request accommodation through the Link Area Accommodation Scheme at King's for this or any other event advertised on the Cambridge page!
Posted: 20 February 2015
Year 12 Subject Taster days at York University
Credit: Liz West
York University is offering opportunities for those of you in Year 12 to find out more about university-level study in a range of subjects:
- Tues 17 March - Ever Thought About English Literature?
- Wed 18 March - Discover History
- Thurs 19 March - Digital Age Technologies
- Mon 21 March - 21st Century Science
- Tues 24 March - Love Learning Languages
- Thurs 26 March - Management and Finance
- Fri 27 March - Crime and Politics
For full details and how to book, please see the York University website.
Posted: 19 February 2015
Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference in Newcastle
Student conferences are a good opportunity to find out more from subject specialists, students and admissions staff
On 18 March 2015 there will be a free Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference in Newcastle (very close to the train station) for students in Year 12.
The conference covers courses available at Oxford and Cambridge (sessions led by subject specialists), Oxford and Cambridge Explained talks, and plenty of opportunities to chat with current students 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.
Posted: 15 February 2015
What's on? Public lectures at a university near you
Image credit: Marijn de Vries Hoogerwe
Universities share their latest research in public lectures, open to all, free of charge:
- This week, Durham Castle Lecture Series continued with a talk by Dr. Ha Joon Chang from the University of Cambridge on 'Economics and Public Life: why everyone needs to learn (some) economics.' A video of his lecture will be available on the website shortly. Next time, Dr. Rowan Williams, formerly Archbishop of Canterbury, will lecture on 'The Tree of Knowledge: Bodies, Minds, and Thoughts' at 8pm on 18 February. Register for a free ticket in advance. Future speakers include Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.
- Newcastle University's INSIGHTS Public Lectures continue with Prof. Aidan Halligan's lecture on 'Rediscovering the elixir of life - there is more to ageing than managing ill health' at 5.30pm on 10 February.
- The University of York's Centre for Lifelong Learning runs a programme of free public lectures. Dr Cristina Figueredo will lecture on 'After 1066: Normans in England' at 6.30pm on 16 February.
- Inaugural lectures showcase and celebrate the work of newly appointed professors and are very often open to the public. For example, the University of Edinburgh's Prof. Nicola McEwen will lecture on 'Independence and Interdependence: The Dynamics of Scottish Self-Government' at 5.15pm on 11 February.
- It's a new term at the University of Hull's OpenCampus. Their Culture Café continues with a lecture by Dr. Stewart Mottram on 'Hidden Hull: Uncovering Andrew Marvell's Lost City' at 11am on 21 February.
- The University of Reading's public lecture series will present 'The Weather at War,' a talk by Dr. Andrew Charlton-Perez from the Department of Meterology, as part of British Science Week at 8pm on 18 March.
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
King's Year 12 Link Area Accommodation Scheme
Credit: Shane Global (cropped)
The Cambridge University Area Links Scheme links every Cambridge College with some regions in the UK.
If you go to a state school in one of the King's link areas (much of North East England and the West Berkshire area), do read about our Year 12 Link Area Accommodation Scheme. We may be able to help you to attend events in Cambridge such as a Saturday subject masterclass, a department open day, a science festival event, or any college open day by offering you free B&B accommodation in King's College the night before.
Posted: 5 February 2015
OpenCampus at the University of Hull
- Drop into the Culture Café, which this term is focusing on Literature and Creative Writing. On Saturday 6 December at 11am, Dr. Daniel Weston, Lecturer in Twentieth-Century English Literature, is discussing 'Poetry for the City? Philip Larkin and Others.' This is part of the North and South Project, a collaboration betwen the University of Hull and the University of Southampton to explore what unites and divides their respective port cities. Next term's programme for the Culture Café is already available here.
- Join a Tea-Time Talk, a series which launched this term around the theme of Society and Culture. On Tuesday 2 December at 6.15pm, Dr. Simon Green, Senior Lecturer in Community Justice and Criminology, explores 'Deviancy, destitution and moral degeneracy.' Why, he asks, do politicians and commentators increasingly explain crime and disorder with reference to moral character, instead of socio-economic conditions?
Places are limited, so booking is essential. To find out more and book a place, please contact the OpenCampus team directly.
Posted: 26 November 2014
Science Week at the University of York
Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The University of York is offering science events as part of Science Week (16-22 November).
The events are open to all, so do go along to a talk if you live in or near York:
- Sun 16 Nov - Geometry: A secret weapon in the fight against viruses
- Mon 17 Nov - An evening of Psychology
- Tues 18 Nov - Our Dynamic Oceans
- Wed 19 Nov - Biology Bites: The Best Biology Snippets
- Thurs 20 Nov - What's the problem with planets?
- Fri 21 Nov - Meet the Chemistry Department
- Sat 22 Nov - York Physics Student Colloquium (booking required)
Posted: 14 November 2014
Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humberside
University taster events show you what studying a subject in depth at university-level would be like. Credit: John Robinson
The Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humberside is an exciting collaboration between the universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York to provide enrichment events through the year for students who have been identified as high achieving by their schools or colleges.
Look at the list of upcoming Subject Taster Events.
The events are open to students across the UK. You can apply to attend the events as an individual, or one of your teachers can apply for a group from your school to attend. Priority for places is given to students who meet one of the criteria below, then the remaining places are given to students who do not meet the criteria. Some events are for Year 12 students, others are for younger students.
- eligible to receive free school meals.
- no history of higher education (studying at university level) in your immediate family (including any siblings).
- living in local authority care.
Do keep an eye on this project. Further events will be advertised on the Excellence Hub website in due course.
Posted: 13 November 2014
Beverley Literature Festival 2014
Beverley Minster: one of Britain's largest and most imposing parish churches. Image credit: Mill View
- On the closing weekend of this year's Beverley Literature Festival, there is still time to hear Shirley Williams talking about the life and work of her mother, pacificst and novelist Vera Brittain (1893-1970). Beverley Minster, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Saturday 11 October
- The Festival on the Run continues: John Godber's specially commissioned play Who Cares about the NHS is being performed by the University of Hull's Drama Department. Catch it at Goole Library and Holme Village Hall on Saturday 11 October, Withernsea Centre on Saturday 18 October, and Hedon Library on Saturday 25 October
Posted: 10 October 2014
'Remember' National Poetry Day
Philip Larkin statue by Martin Jennings at Hull Paragon Interchange. Credit: summonedbyfells
It's National Poetry Day! This year's theme is 'Remember.'
As the National Poetry Society explains, whether it's Thomas Hood or Philip Larkin's 'I Remember, I Remember'; the centenary of the First World War; or the national Poetry by Heart recitation competition; memory is an important part of poetry.
- Share your favourite poem, using the hashtag
- Follow the Philip Larkin trail in Hull.
- See BBC Wales's animation of Dylan Thomas's poem 'The Hunchback in the Park,' narrated by Michael Sheen.
- Register for the national Poetry by Heart recitation competition
As our contribution to National Poetry Day, you may enjoy reading the King's Archive of the Month on Rupert Brooke and Ferenc Békássy. They were both King's graduates, both poets, and both victims of the First World War. You could reflect on how their poetry has shaped the way we remember the First World War and how we remember them.
Posted: 2 October 2014
Hull History Centre
Image credit: gnomonic
The Hull History Centre brings together the material held by the City Archives and Local Studies Library with those held by the University of Hull. These include the City’s borough archives, dating back to 1299 and amongst the best in the country; records relating to the port and docks of Hull; papers of companies and organisations reflecting Hull’s maritime history; papers of notable individuals including Andrew Marvell, Philip Larkin, Amy Johnson and William Wilberforce; records relating to local and national politics and pressure groups; and over 100,000 photographs, illustrations; maps and plans, newspapers, special collections and reference sources relating to Hull and the East Riding.
Posted: 7 August 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!
- 17 June - Hertfordshire and Humberside
- 18 June - Cambridgeshire and West and North Yorkshire (18 & 19th)
- 20 June - Sheffield
- 23 June - Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes (23 & 24th)
- 24 June - Essex (24 & 25th)
- 26 June - East London
- 27 June - South East London and North and West Cumbria
- See the UCAS Events section for later events
Posted: 15 June 2014
Slavery: Past and Present
Street art by Paul Don Smith. Credit: MsSaraKelly
The University of Hull's Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation hosts research into both historical forms of slavery and contemporary forms of enslavement. You can watch Prof. Catherine Hall (UCL) deliver the Institute's Annual Alderman Sydney Smith Lecture on 'Re-thinking the Legacies of Slavery.'
Hull Museums have extensive collections celebrating the work of local son and anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce (1759 - 1833). You can visit Wilberforce House Museum to see the collections for yourself.
Liverpool is home to the International Slavery Museum.
The University of Cambridge offers some resources for the study of slavery here.
Anti-Slavery Day is on Saturday 18 October this year. How will you mark it?
Posted: 11 June 2014