Upcoming Events

Here you will find information about events & opportunities organised across the University of Cambridge - by us at Emmanuel, partner organisations, the University, and by other Cambridge colleges.

Our Next Steps Programmes (Y12) and BME Shadowing Scheme (Y11) are ongoing and our main focus at the moment. However, we are still always keen to visit (virtually) our link area schools. Please see the 'Schools' tab for details or email slo@emma.cam.ac.uk.

Year 10/11: Interested in Top Universities like Cambridge/Oxford?

Downing College: Taster Series

On Wednesday afternoons throughout May, June, July and August the admissions team at Downing College will be running subject based admissions webinars for students interested in studying at the University of Cambridge. These will include an overview of the Cambridge undergraduate admissions process from a member of Downing College admissions staff, a summary of the course from the Director of Studies and an introduction to student life from a current undergraduate student. Find out more here: Subject Admissions Webinars | Downing College Cambridge

St Catharine's College: Oxbridge Webinar Series

St Catharine's College is collaborating with Brasenose College (University of Oxford) to deliver a series of free webinars in March - July/August 2021 for Year 10 and 11 students (or S3 and S4 students in Scotland) at state schools in the UK. The sessions will:

  • Introduce key ideas about Higher Education and making post-16 decisions
  • Offer advice on how to research university and course options
  • Provide information on the finances involved in attending university, addressing school students’ concerns honestly and openly
  • Outline life and learning at Cambridge and Oxford, breaking down some common myths
  • Provide strategies for looking after mental wellbeing
  • Offer advice for making strong post-16 subject choices

    Find out more & register here: Oxbridge Webinar Series: Year 10 & 11 | St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Robinson Access Programme (RAP)
Deadline for registration: 12 April
Sign up here: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d70QsBRjHH2BL1QThe Robinson Access Programme is designed to encourage and support students to apply to highly-selective universities. RAP is a free online programme that consists of monthly sessions for Year 11 students, intended to continue into Year 12. Sessions will introduce students to what university is, how it works, and what it’s like to be a student, alongside content designed to develop independent study skills. Find out more here: Robinson Access Programme (RAP) | Robinson College (cam.ac.uk)

Christ's College, Sidney Sussex & Murrary Edwards : LPN Summer School

The LPN summer school is scheduled to run from 16-27 August 2021 and will be online for summer 2021. The LPN Summer School is designed to encourage academically able students from areas of the country where students are less likely to enter higher education to consider making applications to top universities, including the University of Cambridge. It is also important to note that this programme consists of visits in both the summers of Year 11 and Year 12 – however, the Year 12 leg is only open to those who have been part of the programme from Year 11. Therefore, we strongly encourage any eligible students to make an application, as they will receive support and guidance for their studies and university in the summer and beyond, as well as the opportunity to stay with us in summer 2022 for the Year 12 leg. Deadline Friday 30th April, apply & find out more here! LPN Summer School | Christs College Cambridge

Trinity College: Stonehouse Residential
20th-24th September 2021 - deadline Friday 4th June
https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/access/residential/stonehouse-residential-2021/
The virtual Stonehouse Residential 2021 aims to replicate the detailed focus on teacher and student engagement that is at the core of the in-person programme. Selected schools will be eligible to nominate a class of Year 11 students to receive a day of bespoke talks and raising aspiration activities in late September. Students and the accompanying teacher will need to be off-timetable for the duration of the day that the school is involved.

Year 10/11: Taster Lectures & Subject Exploration (STEM)

St Catharine's College: Webinar Series

As part of their Year 10 & 11 webinar series on University and Oxbridge, Catz Cambridge and Brasenose Oxford are hosting a series of free taster lectures for students at UK state schools. These are open to any students, whether or not they are considering applying to Oxbridge or selective universities in the future. No prior knowledge is required for any of these sessions.
· Life Sciences: Mon 12th April, 6-7pm
· Physical Sciences: Tue 20th April, 6-7pm

Cambridge Festival: Black Mathematicians at Cambridge

What does a mathematician do? What does a typical mathematician look like? If the first image that pops into your mind is a white man with wild hair, beavering away at scribbling formulae and quite oblivious of the real world, be prepared to change this image radically. When asked about famous Cambridge mathematicians, everybody can mention Newton and Steven Hawking, perhaps Ramanujan, but what about James Ezeilo, Abdus Salam, Kate Okikiolu, Chike Obi, Caucher Birkar? There many others, and we invite you to join us in listening to past Black graduates from Mathematics in Cambridge in conversation, talking about their careers in areas you may not expect, and how their work has influenced governments, shaped future leaders, created wealth, and made a real difference to the world. Hidden Figures in Cambridge Mathematics | Cambridge Festival

Robinson College: Women in Science Festival
Monday 19 April – Thursday 22 April
Sign up here: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37VBiok9MpiOOdE Robinson College’s annual Women in Science Festival will take place online for the first time this year, open to both Year 11 and Year 12 (or equivalent) female students at UK schools. Various sessions will take place live afterschool or as pre-recorded releases each day, with content including subject taster lectures across various scientific fields, information on the application and admissions process to the University, an opportunity to hear about student life as science student. There is also a chance to develop your science communication skills by taking part in our science poster competition. Find out more here: Women in Science Festival | Robinson College (cam.ac.uk)

Year 9/10/11: Taster Lectures & Subject Exploration (Humanities)

Trinity College: Litmus Creative Writing Project

The Litmus Creative Writing Project 2021, in collaboration with renowned author Ali Smith, is an opportunity for year 9-11 students currently attending a state school (or on a full scholarship to a fee-paying school) to submit a short piece of writing of under 500 words in poetry, prose or any other format (including artwork) based around a theme for publication. There will also be free creative writing workshops in the last two weeks of February during which students at participating schools will have the opportunity to try new things, learn techniques and gain confidence. For more info have a look here: The Litmus School Writing Project - Trinity College (cam.ac.uk)

Cambridge Language Collective

Cambridge Language Collective Writing Competition is an opportunity for students to explore language - via essay, video or creative writing! You can work in groups or individually; if you're looking for some inspiration, these recommended texts may be helpful (but don't have to be used). You can also look on the Cambridge Language Collective blog for inspiration! Deadline Friday 9th April, 5pm.

St Catharine's College: Webinar Series

As part of their Year 10 & 11 webinar series on University and Oxbridge, Catz Cambridge and Brasenose Oxford are hosting a series of free taster lectures for students at UK state schools. These are open to any students, whether or not they are considering applying to Oxbridge or selective universities in the future. No prior knowledge is required for any of these sessions.
· Arts: Thurs 15th April, 6-7pm
· Humanities: Fri 23rd April, 6-7pm

Year 12: Interested in Top Universities like Cambridge/Oxford?

Downing College: Taster Series

On Wednesday afternoons throughout May, June, July and August the admissions team at Downing College will be running subject based admissions webinars for students interested in studying at the University of Cambridge. These will include an overview of the Cambridge undergraduate admissions process from a member of Downing College admissions staff, a summary of the course from the Director of Studies and an introduction to student life from a current undergraduate student. Find out more here: Subject Admissions Webinars | Downing College Cambridge

St Catharine's College: Oxbridge Webinar Series

St Catharine's College is collaborating with Brasenose College (University of Oxford) to deliver a series of free webinars in January - November 2021 for Year 12 (or equivalent e.g. S5) students at state schools in the UK. The sessions will:

  • Introduce life and learning at Oxbridge
  • Dispel common myths about the two universities and address prospective students' concerns
  • Give in-depth guidance on the Oxbridge application process
  • Provide strategies for looking after mental wellbeing
  • Give insights into studying subject(s) of interest at university
  • Provide information on and opportunities for subject exploration outside of the curriculum, including taster lectures and Q&As

Find out more & register here: Oxbridge Webinar Series: Year 12 | St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Downing College: Enhanced Open Day

6 July

Year 12 Enhanced Open Day Webinar | Downing College Cambridge is a brilliant opportunity for Year 12 students in the UK who are interested in applying to study at the University of Cambridge. The webinar involves a variety of sessions that will help students prepare for the application process including: an admissions overview, personal statement workshop, and interview advice. The webinar will be ran by members of the admissions team and current undergraduate students, who will provide advice and answer questions.

Year 12: Taster Lectures and Subject Exploration (STEM)

St Catharine's College: Webinar Series

As part of their Year 12 webinar series for students considering Oxbridge and other selective Universities, Catz Cambridge and Brasenose Oxford are hosting a series of free taster lectures for students at UK state schools. Students don’t have to be considering Oxbridge to take part.
· Life Sciences: Careers in Healthcare and Engineering: Exploring Medical Device Development, Wed 14th April, 6-7pm
· Physical Sciences: Nanoscience, Wed 28th April, 6-7pm

Cambridge Festival: Black Mathematicians at Cambridge

What does a mathematician do? What does a typical mathematician look like? If the first image that pops into your mind is a white man with wild hair, beavering away at scribbling formulae and quite oblivious of the real world, be prepared to change this image radically. When asked about famous Cambridge mathematicians, everybody can mention Newton and Steven Hawking, perhaps Ramanujan, but what about James Ezeilo, Abdus Salam, Kate Okikiolu, Chike Obi, Caucher Birkar? There many others, and we invite you to join us in listening to past Black graduates from Mathematics in Cambridge in conversation, talking about their careers in areas you may not expect, and how their work has influenced governments, shaped future leaders, created wealth, and made a real difference to the world. Hidden Figures in Cambridge Mathematics | Cambridge Festival

Robinson College: Women in Science Festival
Monday 19 April – Thursday 22 April
Sign up here: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37VBiok9MpiOOdE Robinson College’s annual Women in Science Festival will take place online for the first time this year, open to both Year 11 and Year 12 (or equivalent) female students at UK schools. Various sessions will take place live afterschool or as pre-recorded releases each day, with content including subject taster lectures across various scientific fields, information on the application and admissions process to the University, an opportunity to hear about student life as science student. There is also a chance to develop your science communication skills by taking part in our science poster competition. Find out more here: Women in Science Festival | Robinson College (cam.ac.uk)

Trinity College: Women in STEM Residential
16th-19th August 2021; deadline for applications 30th April

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/access/residential/women-in-stem-residential-2021/The Virtual Women in STEM residential is part of Trinity College’s annual offering to widen participation from women and non-binary students interested in STEM. We are committed to diversifying our STEM undergraduate cohorts and this residential is designed to inform, empower and inspire women and non-binary prospective scientists to make competitive applications to our array of science courses.

Year 12: Taster Lectures and Subject Exploration (Humanities/Arts)

MML Faculty Open Day: 9 April

MMLL Open Day 2021 | Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (cam.ac.uk)

On the day, there will be a series of live Q&A sessions via Zoom offering you an excellent opportunity to find out more about MMLL from staff and current students.

St Catharine's College: Oxbridge Webinar Series

As part of their Year 12 webinar series for students considering Oxbridge and other selective Universities, Catz Cambridge and Brasenose Oxford are hosting a series of free taster lectures for students at UK state schools. Students don’t have to be considering Oxbridge to take part.
· Humanities: Philosophy: What Physics Cannot Do, Fri 16th April, 6-7pm
· Arts: How Not to Draw Conclusions: Relationships Between Art and Empire, Mon 19th April, 5.30-6.30pm

Cambridge Language Collective

Cambridge Language Collective Writing Competition is an opportunity for students to explore language - via essay, video or creative writing! You can work in groups or individually; if you're looking for some inspiration, these recommended texts may be helpful (but don't have to be used). You can also look on the Cambridge Language Collective blog for inspiration! Deadline Friday 9th April, 5pm.

Jesus College: Essay Competition

Jesus College's annual essay competition, the Lord Toulson essay prize in Law, is now accepting entries. The 2021 topic is '"The government should take control of unoccupied homes and allocate them to the homeless." Discuss.' Please note; the citation of English case law is neither required nor expected. This is a reflective, philosophical exercise, not a research project. The word limit is strictly1,500 words in length. Footnotes should be kept to an absolute minumum.The deadline for entries is Friday 30 April 2021. For more info see: Essay prizes | Jesus College in the University of Cambridge

Trinity College: Languages Residential
28th Jun – 2nd July 2021, deadline 30th April
https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/access/residential/languages-residential/
The Languages residential is an immersive, 4-day long programme that aims to introduce highly able students to the benefits of studying languages at university. The residential will involve a series of (online) workshops designed to give a sample of studying languages at the University of Cambridge, taster sessions with Trinity College academics, expose students to the career opportunities available to graduates and to provide the opportunity to meet current languages students.

Year 12: Support Resources

St Catharine's College: Webinar Series

As part of this series, and also open to all students, not only those interested in Oxbridge, is the Mental Wellbeing session (April 21st 2021). This session will be led by Mary Simuyandi, Welfare Officer at Catz Cambridge. The focus will be learning how to manage mental health while balancing school studies with applying to uni, and you will also hear first-year Oxbridge students' experiences of making uni choices during the pandemic. You can register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom