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Access and Widening Participation - Cambridge

The University of Cambridge and its colleges are committed to a wide range of participation to the university and to higher education as demonstrated by many events and outreach initiatives run each year. These are organized in Cambridge and also in schools, FE colleges and sixth form colleges across the UK.

The College Area Links Scheme encourages colleges and schools from anywhere in the country to build up relationship with Cambridge and offers a platform for potential applicants and their advisers to know about college choice, interview, admission process, finance, student life and higher education in general. Additionally, the Widening Participation Team housed within the Cambridge Admissions Office is involved in a wide range of initiatives to motivate students to consider Cambridge comprising the Group to Encourage Ethnic Minority Applications (GEEMA) and working with Mature Students and FE colleges.

The University of Cambridge is also an active participant in Aimhigher initiatives for students in the Eastern Region. Students may see events page for more information about present widening participation activities.

Aimhigher-funded Activities in the Eastern Region

The university's Aimhigher work performed within the Eastern Region and aims at providing general information and support for students considering their higher and further education options. Work is carried out within established partnership and schools are concerned for Aimhigher Days.

It must be noted that only Aimhigher-targeted schools in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire can attend these events and shall be sent further details and booking information earlier to the event. The contact address is given below.

  • Matt Diston, Aimhigher Widening Participation Officer,
    Widening Participation Team,
    Cambridge Admissions Office,
    Fitzwilliam House,
    32-Trumpington Street,
    Cambridge CB2 1QY,
    Tel. 01223 765513
    Fax. 01223 746868

Business Challenge Summer School

The Business Challenge Summer School programme run in association with Clifford Chance, has now finished. Nevertheless, if students are interested in other widening participation events and access taking place at Cambridge, then they are requested to refer to the menu on the left side of the page available for information about other activities.

Challenge Days

The Cambridge Admissions Office organizes a series of Challenge Days for Year 10 students and Challenge Days for Year 12 students. Both of the events are free events, which take place on a single day in Cambridge and are provided for colleges and schools.

Challenge Days incorporate a wide series of events where students take part in various activities designed with the intention of offering a taste of higher education. The days encompass lunch in one of the Cambridge colleges, introductory sessions on higher education and Cambridge and two subject taster lectures. The participants are given an excellent opportunity to explore both science and arts-based subjects that they may not have experienced previously and offer an opportunity to meet present undergraduate students.

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