Access and Widening Participation

The Faculty, the University and its Colleges are committed to widening participation to the University and to higher education in general. Hundreds of outreach initiatives and events are run each year both in Cambridge and in schools and colleges across the UK. Here are some of the events with which the English Faculty is particularly involved:

 

Care leavers

At the University of Cambridge, we welcome applications from UK students who are or have previously been in care, and for the care leavers currently studying here we are able to offer a wide range of support and guidance. Find out more

 

Insight

Insight is an academic programme which aims develop the students’ interests and tackle the barriers many students face when applying to university. Find out more

 

HE+

HE+ is a collaborative project being piloted by the University of Cambridge and its Colleges, working together with groups of state schools and colleges in fourteen regions of the UK. Find out more

 

HE Partnership

The Higher Education Partnership initiative aims to raise aspirations amongst students in schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Find out more

 

Challenge Days

Challenge Days are large-scale day events designed to offer a taste of higher education to students in Year 10. The days involve introductory sessions on higher education and Cambridge. Find out more

 

Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free subject-specific residential courses for Year 12 (or equivalent) students studying at state-maintained schools in the UK. The five-day summer schools in July and August allow students to explore their interest in one of 26 subject courses and gain an insight into what it is like to live and study as a first-year undergraduate student at Cambridge. Find out more

 

Experience Cambridge

The Sutton Trust Summer Schools are heavily oversubscribed and each year we have to turn away many students with whom we would like to work. The 'Experience Cambridge' initiative works with up to 1000 students in subjects where we receive considerably more applications than places. Find out more

 

Subject Masterclasses

The Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus, andoffer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge. Find out more

 

The Subject Matters

Each autumn, the University of Cambridge runs practical and informative sessions for Year 11 students. The events, called The Subject Matters, highlight the importance of suitable A Level (or equivalent) subject choices when making an application to a selective, research-led university, and help students access information to make informed A Level choices. Find out more

 

Advancing Access

Advancing Access is a new website for teachers and advisers which provides a variety of resources and online events to help them support students’ progression to leading universities, such as lesson plans, case study and videos to use in schools and colleges. The information and guidance on the site is designed to help learners, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, in making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university choices. Find out more