I didn't say it was an interview session, I'm well aware of the rankimg system because my tutor told me about it. I was just saying that The Cambridge Trust has a home applicant counterpart and you listed the meeting for the 3rd too. Since the 3rd is for international applicants, I'm assuming the Cambridge Trust will do home applicant assessments on the 17th.
I was emailed 2 weeks after the closing date, asking me to come for interview, then I knew the same day as the interview that I had an offer (fully funded also!)
I thought most PhDs were like this, though apparently not..