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What can an engineer learn from biology?

Ant hill

Credit: Elroy Serrao

That's the question Prof Jon Timmis from the University of York is going to ask in his lecture at 7.30pm on 28 Februray 2017.

His talk is part of a mini-series of lectures on Engineering in the 2017 lecture programme and will explore the exciting interaction between biology and engineering. Prof Timmis will discuss how ants can be inspiration for the design of “swarm” robotic systems, how the protection afforded by the immune system can be used to inspire the creation of self-healing robots and how the evolutionary process can be used to potentially inspire the design of self-sustaining, robotic systems.

So whether you are interested in Biology, Engineering or even Medicine and Philosophy, this talk might be an interesting way to see what lies beyond the boarders of one specific subject.

For more information visit the Yorkshire philosophical society website.

Date posted: 

Thursday 2 February 2017

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More Year 12 Masterclasses advertised

There are now more subject masterclasses organised by the central Cambridge Admissions Office available for booking.These masterclasses are for students in Year 12 (the penultimate year of school).

The subjects you can book are:

  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion
  • Classics
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History and Politics
  • Law
  • Genetics & Biochemistry
  • English
  • Engineering
  • Land Economy
  • History of Art
  • Education, Psychology and Learning
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
  • Physics
  • Archaeology
  • Mathematics
  • Geography

For more detail, please read the information about  Subject Masterclasses on the Cambridge Admissions website. If you would like to book a place, the link is available in the table on that page.

Date posted: 

Friday 27 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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Year 12 Saturday Masterclasses available for booking

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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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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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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

Date posted: 

Friday 13 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.

Date posted: 

Thursday 5 May 2016

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Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon avonThe 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:

Date posted: 

Sunday 24 April 2016

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Year 12 Mathematical problem-solving day (female only)

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Are you:

  • female
  • 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.

Date posted: 

Wednesday 9 March 2016

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