Year 12

Spies, Trolls, Drones and Polls: Being(s) in Cyberspace

Credit: Hillary

The University of Hull is offering a series of talks about Ethics and Rights in Cyberspace.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, "The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security" project seeks to understand where the balance lies between security and ethics in digital governance.  If the recent controversies surrounding U.S. governmental surveillance and implicated technology companies demonstrated anything, it is the need for proportionate, just and effective cyber security in digital governance that is committed to the common good.

The talks are free, but booking is required. Details and booking can be found on their webpage.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 24 January 2017

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Oxford and Cambridge Year 12 Student Conferences 2017

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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
  •     Interviews
  •     Oxford & Cambridge Admissions for Teachers and HE Advisors - new programme for 2017 at most venues

Booking is now open.

Date posted: 

Thursday 19 January 2017

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Sutton Trust Summer Schools (Year 12)

Bodley's Court lawn

Would you like to explore your subject interest in deepth? Then the Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer Schools might be just the thing for you.

The Cambridge Sutton Trust Summer Schools are week-long, subject-specific residentials, where you live and study as a Cambridge student. You’ll stay in your own private student room within a Cambridge College, eat with other Summer School students in the canteens and socialise in the common rooms.

During the day, you’ll be in your academic department, where you’ll be taught by world-leading experts in your subject. They’ll guide you through new areas of study, introducing you to the depth and breadth of a Cambridge undergraduate course.

The programme includes a wide variety of courses in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and applications are open 9 January 2017 to 2 March 2017! For more information please see Sutton Trust Summer Schools

 

Date posted: 

Friday 13 January 2017

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Book recommendation for Geography

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Got some time to read over the holidays? Matthew Gandy, the Director of Studies in Geography, recommends the following book for prospective students:

Andrea Wulf,
The invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science
(Hodder & Stoughton, 2016)

In this prize-winning new biography Andrea Wulf describes the life and ideas of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) who is widely regarded as the founder of modern geography. Humboldt was a decisive influence on Darwin and is also credited as a pioneer of ecological thought.

There's a film clip about the book on Andrea Wulf's website.

For more ideas, see the Geography reading suggestions.

Date posted: 

Thursday 22 December 2016

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Year 12 Saturday Masterclasses available for booking

Lab work

What is studying your subejct at university level really like? Credit: Laurence Livermore

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.

4 February:

  • 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)
  • Medicine
  • Physics
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion
    (Recommended if you enjoy subjects such as Philosophy, Ethics as well as Theology. See Why study Theology?)

18 February

  • 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)
     

For details and booking, please see the Cambridge admissions website, and for more information about the courses, see the courses section or the King's subject page if you're interested in studying at King's specifically.

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.

Date posted: 

Thursday 15 December 2016

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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.

Date posted: 

Monday 26 September 2016

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CUSU Shadowing Scheme is open!

man walking through arched door Credit:Trojan_Llama

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.

 

Date posted: 

Wednesday 21 September 2016

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Pairing socks

Here is a problem from i-want-to-study-engineering.org, the website written by Cambridge University Engineering department that helps you to apply for Engineering courses at top universities.

Jane has 5 pairs of socks. The first pair of socks are both red. The second pair of socks are both blue. The third pair of socks are both green. The fourth pair of socks are both yellow. The fifth pair of socks are both white. One sock from each pair is placed in a bag on the left, and the rest are put in a bag on the right.

In each turn, Jane draws one sock at random from each bag and folds them together to form a pair. After five turns, she has formed 5 pairs of socks. Find the probability that no pair consists of socks of the same colour.

See the hints and choose your answer!

Date posted: 

Saturday 10 September 2016

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What's it really like to study Geography?

Isaac Physics

isaac physics

Isaac Physics provides resources to offer support and activities in physics problem-solving to students (and teachers) working from GCSE (Year 11), through sixth form (Years 12 & 13), and to university.
 

They also run free UK events for AS and A2 Physics and Maths education. Here is a list of currently scheduled forthcoming events - do click on the links below for details and booking.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 30 August 2016

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