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Academic Opportunities March/April 2021
Updated 25th March 2021
- Cambridge in Your Classroom: Philosophy and Religious Studies. 26th March. YouTube Video. Students and Teachers
Aimed at students aged 14-18, ] Cambridge in Your Classroom is a joint project by the Faculty of Divinity and the Faculty of Education's PGCE Religious Studies and will be launched on Youtube on 26 March. Please find the link to view here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3J6SXwbz-rzUOlIN5ZgszQ
- VetCam 2021.29th-30th March. Webinar and Q&A. Students (Y11-12)
Aimed at Year 11 and 12 students. VetCam is intended to provide a detailed insight into both the 'preclinical' and 'clinical' parts of the Cambridge Veterinary Medicine course and will include a mixture of sessions with a chance to meet current students and staff. Please find out more information here: https://www.vet.cam.ac.uk/study/vet/vetcam
Students and teachers are invited to join us online for the new, interdisciplinary Cambridge Festival. The new Festival will include a uniquely Cambridge eclectic mixture of over 350 events and activities covering the breadth of Cambridge research and will be organised across the Festival’s four themes: Society, Health, Environment and Explore!
The full programme will be released w/c 22 February.
- Oxbridge Classics Open Day 2021 - Monday 29th March 2021
Registration now open - https://www.greeksromansus.classics.cam.ac.uk/news/oxbridge-classics-open-day-2021
The 2021 virtual Oxbridge Classics Open Day is a chance to find out more about applying to study Classics at Oxford and Cambridge, with course presentations, taster lectures, and opportunities to ask questions to current students and academics.
- Cambridge Language Collective
Since launching in October 2020, the Cambridge Language Collective have published over 80 articles and have had 5K visits to our page, with readers coming from 61 different countries! This term, to widen the scope of the blog and to engage language students across the UK, they are running an essay competition for secondary school students. There is the opportunity for individual and group submissions in two categories; junior (yrs 9-11) and senior (years 12-13). The winning submissions will be read by Cambridge academics and posted on the blog which we hope is an exciting prospect for those hoping to apply to study languages at university. Deadline for entries is Friday 9th April 2021 at 5pm, and details of the competition and recommended texts are attached.
- Cambridge University’s Department of Sociology Photography Competition
The coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter, climate crisis. Many sociologists study historical social change, but how might the world change for future generations, and how might future generations change the world? What sort of ideas, movements or structures could come to shape the way we live, and what perspectives might we need to address future challenges?
Students are encouraged to be creative in their interpretation of the theme "Future Sociologies" and think about what the future might look like, in terms of work, relationships, education, nature, communities, technologies, or their own focus. Students can consider social, political, technological, cultural or environmental factors, or a combination. Entries can focus on the personal or broader social level, or even attempt to draw links between the two.
Open to students in Years 10-11, further details here: https://www.sociology.cam.ac.uk/photo-competition-entry Closing date 3 May 2021
- Downing College Subject Events. Through March-June. Open to all Students.
On Tuesday afternoons throughout March, April, May and June the admissions team at Downing College will be running subject based admissions webinars and live subject Q&As for students interested in studying at the University of Cambridge. Please find out more information here: https://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/outreach/subject-admissions-webinars
- Pembroke College virtual sessions. Through April-June. Webinar, virtual open days and subject Q&As. Open to all Students.
Pembroke College are hosting a number of virtual events including an open day, taster lecture sessions and Q&A webinars for prospective students. Please find out more information here: https://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/open-days-visiting-us
- Y11 Medical Summer Schools
- The UCL Target Medicine Summer School (TMSS)
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the application process has been postponed for 2021 Target Medicine Summer School however please check the website again in April for updates.
A free, non-residential, week-long programme for Year 11 students from London-based, non-selective state schools.
There are 48 places available and the programme takes place across two campuses: UCL Main Campus in Bloomsbury and UCL Medical School at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North London.
Throughout the summer school, students are supported and led by two medical students and will get the opportunity to:
- Quiz a range of diverse UCL medical students
- Take part in a ‘Meet the Doctors’ carousel
- Engage in simulated clinical situations
- Hear stories from individuals living with chronic illnesses
- Find out more about university and student finance
- Experience a real university lecture
- And more!
For further information please visit: Summer School | UCL Medical School - UCL – University College London
For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Y11 Summer Schools
Kings College London (Pre-University Online Summer School | Summer | King’s College London (kcl.ac.uk))
The Pre-University Online Summer School is a two-week online experience with a primary focus on academic enrichment through a deep exploration of one undergraduate subject area, designed for high school students in their final two years of study.
KCL use online lectures, group seminars, and guest speakers to make online learning as engaging and informative as possible. Seminars are scheduled at convenient times wherever you are in the world, and on-demand activities are accessible at any time.
Being online is no obstacle to social interaction! The Summer Society gives you the opportunity to meet and communicate with peers and King’s student ambassadors and to make friends from all around the world.
Students who successfully complete the programme will receive a Participant Record of Achievement.
KCL are offering a small number of Pre-University Summer Online @ King's scholarships for the 2021 King's Pre-University Summer School.
Scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees for your chosen course and successful applicants will be required to:
- Write a 300-word blog post on your Summer @ King's
- Provide a short one-minute video testimonial on their experience
- Attend one online ambassador event in the 2021/22 academic year
Scholarship Applications close on 30 April 2021
The Year 11 LSE Compass offers 110 students the opportunity to spend a week at LSE after their GCSEs.
Plans for recruitment of new cohorts for this programme during 2020/21 are currently on hold due to the pandemic. We aim to review our resourcing and update the website as soon as plans for the programme are formalised in due course.
Participants meet LSE academic staff and students and find out how different subjects are taught at university. They study alongside students from schools across London, giving them the chance to make new friends and exchange ideas.
Previous summer schools have included workshops in economics, history, law, sociology and politics. They have looked at topics such as modern day slavery, the link between wealth and happiness, and culture and identity.
- University of Cambridge, ‘Choosing the Right Course’. Open to all students.
The first step for students thinking about applying to university is finding a course they love. Whether they already have a shortlist, or have no idea where to start, we've put together some top tips to support students along the way. Find more information here: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/choosing-the-right-course
- Introducing Oxbridge (St. Catherine's College). Webinar recording. Open to all Students
Admissions staff and undergraduates from St Catharine's College introduce Oxford and Cambridge and the application process in this friendly, engaging presentation and Q&A. Here is the link to the webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fS-Urd7QLs
- Isaac Mentoring Scheme
Isaac Physics offers online mentoring schemes for all students in Years 11-13 to develop your physics skills. The scheme for the 2020-21 academic year is now OPEN for registration. To join the scheme, see https://isaacphysics.org/pages/isaac_mentor
- Hertford College, Oxford Geography Club
For students in Years 10-11, this programme consists of a series of geography-based lectures on a huge range of topics, from ‘Can we make development sustainable?’, to ‘Can we blame extreme weather on humans?’.
Students can register for the programme here: https://www.hertford.ox.ac.uk/study-here/outreach/programmes/geography-club
- Super-curricular ideas
For your students who may be interested in applying to the University of Cambridge or other selective universities, it is important not only to do very well academically, but to also explore their chosen subject through wider reading outside the classroom.
In collaboration with colleagues from across the University, we have compiled a list of suggested reading and resources, organised by subject, which may be of use to your students during the current COVID-19 lockdown. It is important to note that these are suggestions only, and certainly do not represent required reading for Cambridge applicants! The document is hosted at both sites below.
- HE+ Website
HE+ website is the open-access website aimed at secondary school students and provides access to supercurricular resources written by Cambridge students/academics. Each of our undergraduate courses is represented with a subject page; within the subject pages, you’ll find links to over 30 curated and updated supercurricular resources which go deeper into a particular topic. The new website’s resources feature more video/audio content, glossaries, worksheets and reflective questions for each resource, a feedback mechanism and links to further reading.
- Sidney Sussex College information videos
A series of videos have been made for prospective applicants detailing: choosing a subject, choosing a college, admissions assessments, and making a competitive application
- Imperial College London Lockdown Lessons: COVID 19
The Imperial College London Lockdown Lessons series includes 12x online lectures that inform students about how scientists at Imperial have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic: the recordings can be found here.