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Schemes offered for 2020 - listed by college


Inspired by BailsBach , and also because I have already done one for Oxford...

Some of the colleges may have schemes I don't know about: if so, please add them!

On some college websites, events have been removed because of Covid-19, so sorry I couldn't include them.

There are more and more state school students getting in, so why not apply yourself?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...dents-private/

There are several general schemes for state school students available at Cambridge:

Experience Cambridge

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....ence-cambridge

Summer schools

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....chools/subject

Realise, for care leavers and estranged students

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/care

Cambridge Adjustment

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/adjustment

NEACO - for East Anglian students

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....cipation/neaco

Insight Explore

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....nsight-explore

HE+

Year long academic support programme

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....pation/he-plus

Insight Plus for students in Cambridgeshire

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....n/insight-plus

Target Oxbridge - For BAME students

https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/#section-3

For schemes involving your local area, find your link college.

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/area-links

Click on the area of the map that applies to you, and your link college will pop up!
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Christ's College
Taster days (this year, economics, history, English, Biology
Women in mathematics residential

https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/admiss...ics-taster-day

https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/admiss...ls-liaison/wim

Clare college
Talks about applying and dispelling myths about Cambridge

http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/Activitie...ndary-Schools/

Corpus Christi

CUSU shadowing scheme

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergr...adowing-scheme

Northern Ireland summer school

https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/pupils-fr...e-at-cambridge

Downing College

Inspire 2involve, working with Villiers Park to help disadvantaged pupils in the Plymouth area

https://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/outreach/inspire2involve

The excellent Villiers Park, helping with social mobility

https://www.villierspark.org.uk/

Emmanuel College

Shadowing scheme

https://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/admission...ss/undergrads/
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Fitzwilliam College

Shadowing scheme

https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/study-us/...adowing-scheme

Gonville & Caius College

Competitions (looks like this is for everyone)

Engineering challenge

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...lenge_2020.pdf

Linguistics challenge

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...lenge_2020.pdf

Natsci challenge

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...lenge_2020.pdf

History challenge (essay)

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...nge_2020_0.pdf

Modern languages challenge (essay)

Homerton College

Shadowing scheme

www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/accessandoutreach/shadow

Summer school

https://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/acces.../summerschools

Scottish Easter Residential

https://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/node/25460

Kings College

BAME open day - hosting target Oxbridge and providing residential course

https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/ac...arget-oxbridge

Participant in HE+ consortium for state school students in Hull area

https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/ac...treach/he-plus

King's college residential

https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/ac...gs-residential

Lucy Cavendish (women only)

Engineering day - and women in engineering

https://www.lucy.cam.ac.uk/prospective_students

Magdalene College

Residential for students from North and West Wales and Merseyside

https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ch/residential

BME engineering residential

https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ng-application

Murray Edwards College

Webinars for female school students interested in science (not just for state schoolers by the looks of it)

https://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/...-talks-science

Summer school, aspiration days, application days, taster days, shadowing scheme for young women from Manchester, Derbyshire and Haringey (there seems to be a lot going on here!)

https://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/.../visit-college

Newnham College

Women in Stem open days

https://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admission...em-conference/

Pembroke College

BAME access day

https://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/study-here...ame-access-day

For students from London and parts of the North West:

8 month long access programme, involving lectures, seminars, Easter conference and summer school

https://www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/study-pembr...pembroke-north
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Peterhouse College

Link areas: Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hillingdon

Residentials, taster days and aspiration days

https://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/node/253

Robinson College

STEP preparation day

Women in science festival

https://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/prosp...utreach-events

Selwyn College

Summer schools, climate change project

http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/summer-events/

Sidney Sussex College

Summer schools

https://www.sid.cam.ac.uk/admiss/ugrad/visit

St Catharine's College

BME access day (joint hosted with Queen's college)

https://www.caths.cam.ac.uk/outreach...bme-access-day

English and modern languages residentials

https://www.caths.cam.ac.uk/outreach...ml-residential

Trinity College

Year 11 residential

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/access/re...1-residential/

Subject residentials

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/access/residential/
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Fitzwilliam College

Shadowing scheme

https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/study-us/...adowing-scheme

Gonville & Caius College

Competitions (looks like this is for everyone)

Engineering challenge

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...lenge_2020.pdf

Linguistics challenge

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...lenge_2020.pdf

Natsci challenge

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...lenge_2020.pdf

History challenge (essay)

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...nge_2020_0.pdf

Modern languages challenge (essay)

Homerton College

Shadowing scheme

www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/accessandoutreach/shadow

Summer school

https://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/acces.../summerschools

Scottish Easter Residential

https://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/node/25460

Kings College

BAME open day - hosting target Oxbridge and providing residential course

https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/ac...arget-oxbridge

Participant in HE+ consortium for state school students in Hull area

https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/ac...treach/he-plus

King's college residential

https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/ac...gs-residential

Lucy Cavendish (women only)

Engineering day - and women in engineering

https://www.lucy.cam.ac.uk/prospective_students

Magdalene College

Residential for students from North and West Wales and Merseyside

https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ch/residential

BME engineering residential

https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ng-application

Murray Edwards College

Webinars for female school students interested in science (not just for state schoolers by the looks of it)

https://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/...-talks-science

Summer school, aspiration days, application days, taster days, shadowing scheme for young women from Manchester, Derbyshire and Haringey (there seems to be a lot going on here!)

https://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/.../visit-college

Newnham College

Women in Stem open days

https://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admission...em-conference/

Pembroke College

BAME access day

https://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/study-here...ame-access-day

For students from London and parts of the North West:

8 month long access programme, involving lectures, seminars, Easter conference and summer school

https://www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/study-pembr...pembroke-north
Just to clarify about the Murray Edwards programmes (from someone who should know ), the Shadowing Scheme is the CUSU one. They run the Low Participation Neighbourhood Summer School in conjunction with Christ's and Sidney Sussex, for students who live in areas of low progression to Higher Education using POLAR4 (see here for more info on POLAR4: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk...ation-by-area/)
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The University is also looking to put together some online/digital offerings, including the first ever online open day, courtesy of the Faculty of Divinity (for the Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion course): https://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/
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Just to clarify about the Murray Edwards programmes (from someone who should know ), the Shadowing Scheme is the CUSU one. They run the Low Participation Neighbourhood Summer School in conjunction with Christ's and Sidney Sussex, for students who live in areas of low progression to Higher Education using POLAR4 (see here for more info on POLAR4: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk...ation-by-area/)
Thank you very much for this.

If you have any more information about schemes, please do let us know!

I just compiled this from the college websites, so the prospective applicants will know there is a lot of help out there from lovely Cambridge university!
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The University is also looking to put together some online/digital offerings, including the first ever online open day, courtesy of the Faculty of Divinity (for the Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion course): https://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/
That's great thinking. We have to do everything differently nowadays, but the efforts you have made are much appreciated, I am sure, by the students.
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I very much appreciate this thread!
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And I enjoyed compiling it. It’s amazing to see how much is available, but many state schools and their students may not be aware of it. Might as well take advantage!
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Wow thank you so much!!
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An excellent thread.

One thing I would add as assistance for state school pupils who are considering applying post A level Advice Clinics which Christs College offer. My daughter found this really valuable.

https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/how-ap...ication#clinic
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An excellent thread.

One thing I would add as assistance for state school pupils who are considering applying post A level Advice Clinics which Christs College offer. My daughter found this really valuable.

https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/how-ap...ication#clinic
Thank you so much for this!

I am not the definitive authority on these schemes (just wanted to provide assistance for prospective students) so every single extra piece of information on this thread is extremely valuable.
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