Friday, 20 January 2012

Subject Taster Days

These Subject Taster Days are open to high achieving Year 12 girls who are potentially interested in and capable of studying at the most academically challenging universities. The aim of these days is to give prospective candidates a first-hand taste of what it is really like to study a particular subject(s) here at Cambridge.

1st March: Human, Social and Political Sciences (a new subject beginning in 2012-13, combining Politics, Psychology & Sociology with Archaeology & Anthropology)
2nd March: Geography
6th March: Classics and Philosophy
7th March: Architecture, Engineering, and History of Art
16th March: English and Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic

There are just 40 places available on each Subject Taster Day, and every school is invited to submit the names of up to four top students for consideration, for any – or all – of the days. You are welcome to add a ‘reserves’ list in case we have spare places, but please make it clear who are the ‘first choice’ students, and who are the ‘reserves’. We would expect them to be aiming for A*s and As at A Level (or 40 points in the International Baccalaureate) but, knowing these exams are yet some time away, we leave it to your discretion to select the most appropriate students.

The deadline for nominations is 10th February to allow ample time for confirming places, but we recommend early applications.


As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Newnham is hosting its own Science Open Day for Year 12 girls from 10:30am-4pm on Saturday 17th March. This day will be ideal for any year 12 girl who is considering applying to read Natural Sciences, Computer Science or Engineering, with activities including keynote lectures, demonstrations, laboratory and science museum tours, events organised in college and a chance to ask lots of questions throughout the day.  

Again, places are limited to FOUR per school/college.


This year Newnham is holding a special mathematics open morning on the same day as one of the Faculty of Mathematics Open Days. Newnham undergraduates will be giving tours of the College, and participants can join Newnham Mathematics students and staff for lunch, before going on to visit the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.  In the afternoon, the Faculty will organise a series of short lectures intended to give sixth formers an idea of what it is like to study mathematics at a high level. 
Again, please note that places are limited to FOUR girls in Year 12 per school/college.


Masterclass Series at the University of West London

We have a number of places still available at our annual Masterclass Series at the University of West London, due to take place during February and March.  The Masterclass Series welcomes first-year sixth form and college students, and this year we are offering:
- Accounting and Finance: Learn to trade like the pros (FULL)
- Airline and Tourism Management: Destination Europe (PLACES AVAILABLE)
- Applied Sound Engineering: Make your room sound better (PLACES AVAILABLE)
- Computing: Linux in your pocket (PLACES AVAILABLE)
- Civil Engineering: Tunnelling into the future (PLACES AVAILABLE)
- Forensic Science: Science in crime scene investigations (PLACES AVAILABLE)
- Psychology: Conformity and obedience (PLACES AVAILABLE)
Full information, including a downloadable brochure (with important booking information) and booking form can be found at

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Residentials @ Lancaster University

The opportunities below and other that will be posted on the blog will allow year 12 students to start taking part in activities that will allow to write a substantial UCAS statement.

The are free (students will just need to get themselves to and from the residential) and for year 12 and allow students to follow one subject here at Lancaster for 4 days...

Science, Technology, Medicine and Maths
Lancaster University      26 – 29 March 2012
Subjects to include Bio-Medicine; Computing; Environmental Science; Geography Maths & Statistics and Medicine

Social Sciences and Management
Lancaster University      10 – 13 July 2012 July 10th – 13th July 2012:- Social Sciences and Management
Subjects to include Economics; Law & Criminology; Management Science; Politics, Sociology and Strategic Management

Both Residentials will offer students an ideal opportunity to spend four days here on campus studying their chosen subject at a top 10 UK University. The residentials are FREE for students who meet our widening participation criteria and who you believe would benefit from the intensive introduction to academic life at Lancaster.

To qualify students must be:

-          A Year 12 student  of equivalent
-          Taking a level 3 qualification

They must also be either:

-          Part of the ‘Aimhigher cohort’ as was at school/college – to be confirmed by school/college
-          First in the family to enter HE (All those students who’s parents did not attend full time University from 18)

-          A looked after child
-          Have a disability

To book a place on our residential students must complete the booking form which can be downloaded from our website and return this to the following address:

UCL February 2012 Workshops

Sundance Short Film Competition Workshops

Sundance Short Film Competition Workshops - Saturday 21st January 2012

Workshops taking place this Saturday at Ravensbourne (North Greenwich - next to the O2 Arena).  Anyone welcome aged 14+, to book a place please do so using the link below:
Make your winning 'Story of Our Time'! As part of the Sundance London Short Film Competition launched by Greenwich Council and Ravensbourne, a day of short filmmaking workshops will take place on January 21st.  

The one day workshops will consist of two complimentary sessions:
i) Writing, Directing and Producing: the Creative Process 
ii) Short Filmmaking on a low/no budget. 

Ever wondered, as a writer, director, or editor, how to get the best out of your actor's performance? Or how to turn that buzzing idea into a coherent story, that leaps from storyboard to delivery? What can you do with the tools at hand, and how can you shoot a compelling story just using your mobile phone, digital camera and free software? How would you use the grammar of film to make a scene come alive? 
Award-winning film industry professionals show you how, sharing their insider knowledge and techniques, and their own experience of treading the short film festival and competition route.
In the spirit of independent film making, these workshops are aimed at anyone with an interest in making short films, at people who enjoy shooting moving image and are considering making and entering their first short film for competitions and festivals. 
All ages are welcome, with school age attendees, and 18+ at separate time slots. It is recommended you bring a mobile phone or digital camera capable of recording moving images. 

Location: Ravensbourne (Floors 1 & 4)
Time: 10 - 5. One hour lunch break
Cost: Free. Booking required, first come first serve.

Further information:
Sundance London Short Film Competition:
Sundance London Film & Music Festival: