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Geography fieldwork summer school

The yorkshire woldsThe 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.

Date posted: 

Monday 16 May 2016

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Reading Suggestions for Geography

Thinking of applying for Geography? There is no required reading for applicants, but the Director of Studies in Geography has provided some interesting and helpful reading suggestions to give a flavour of the material that you can study in the course. We also advise you to follow up on areas of your school courses that you have enjoyed.

You can find more ideas for developing your interests on the Geography page under reading, resources and events, or search for more social sciences posts.

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Sunday 15 May 2016

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An Introduction to Studying the Ancient World

The Forum in RomeRoman Forum

Credit: Stefano Costantini

This study day on 29 June is aimed at those who have just finished AS-Levels and are beginning work on A2-Level Classical Civilization, Greek, or Latin. The day will consist of lectures, given by experts who teach and study at the University of Cambridge, which will introduce you to the A2 topics and the A2 set texts (and in particular their historical and cultural context) that you will be studying. There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of our famous collection of casts of ancient sculpture, to visit one of the Cambridge Colleges, to find out more about making a successful application to University, and - for those who have not yet studied one of the ancient languages - to participate in a taster session in Latin or Greek. See this year’s full programme, to get a taste of what is on offer, and click here to book your place.

If you're thinking of attending one of the Cambridge Open Days on the 30 June and 1 July and you're interested in Classics, the Classics Faculty will be running Is Cambridge Classics for You? a talk about studying Classics at Cambridge, a session for the parents of potential Classics students, a sample lecture which helps you find out what it’s like to study Classics here, and a stall where potential students can get personalised information and advice from Classics lecturers and students. To attend this event, please register here.

Date posted: 

Saturday 14 May 2016

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University of York Subject Conferences

heslington hall university of yorkHeslington 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

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Friday 13 May 2016

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The Charles Darwin Papers

primate skeleton in the museum of zoologyThe University's Museum of Zoology holds some specimens from Darwin's famous voyage on the Beagle

Credit: Andrew Griffin

The Charles Darwin Papers in Cambridge University Library hold nearly the entire existing collection of Darwin’s working scientific papers. Among these documents are Charles Darwin’s Evolution Manuscripts, his papers on the transmutation of species. Using these notebooks, annotations, and portfolios, Darwin wrote the nine of his fifteen books that set down, enlarged and defended the theory of evolution by natural selection. You can find the papers online at the Darwin Manuscripts Project.

The Darwin Correspondence Project also holds online resources for students, including a Darwin Timeline showing the key moments in Darwin's life and what was happening in Britain at the time, plus a series of audio clips and videos on Darwin's work. For example, the Face of Emotion series discusses Darwin’s work on expression in the context of current research in artificial intelligence, autism, and neuroscience. You can even try Darwin's Emotion Experiment for yourself here.

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Thursday 12 May 2016

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Inside Dyson's new engineering centre at Cambridge University

The Dyson Centre for Engineering Design opens today at Cambridge University, a new building that has been constructed with a £8m grant from the Dyson Foundation. The Centre will provide the space for 1,200 engineers to build prototypes, test, and collaborate on projects. The Centre provides:

  • Modern rapid prototyping hardware such as 3D printers, and materials for rapid 3D printing and 2D cutting
  • A range of hands‐on and interactive aids demonstrating new engineering concepts
  • Interactive apparatus to familiarise and offer experiences of engineering concepts giving students knowledge and confidence to invent and innovate their own designs and creations
  • Machine tools including lathes and milling machines
  • More equipment to come

The undergraduate space is already a hive of activity, with students creating models on the new 3D printers, using the new laser cutters, and even making their own parts in the machine tooling area. You can read more about the Centre in this article or find out about studying Engineering at King's.

Date posted: 

Monday 9 May 2016

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Subject tasters at Cambridge including an overnight stay

Trinity College

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.

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Thursday 5 May 2016

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Selwyn College Arts and Humanities Taster Day 2016

Selwyn College will be hosting an interdiscipinary taster day for year 12's (or equivalent) interested in the arts and humanities on 29 June 2016.

Come and see what it’s like to study Art History, History, Italian, Archaeology, Anthropology, Film, and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. At this Arts and Humanities Taster Day themed around Italy, you will travel (virtually) through the peninsula with University of Cambridge scholars as your guides. The day will involve a number of lectures, discussions, and an interactive session in one of the University of Cambridge’s museums.

Applicants must; be in year 12 (or equivalent), attend a state school or college, and be on track to achieve results that make them a competetive Oxbridge applicant. Please book a place on this event, the closing date for applications is Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Date posted: 

Wednesday 4 May 2016

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