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Exciting enrichment opportunities at the two Cambridge universities

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We are always very pleased to hear of opportunities for our students at both the University of Cambridge and ARU. Here is a round-up of some recent, current and forthcoming events:

This year’s crop of Young Pharmas dig in

Five Science students, Sophie Forbes, Andrew Mccran, Thomas Whisken, Ahmad Garba and Harry Hurst are taking part in this year’s Young Pharmas’ programme run by the Department of Pharmacology, Cambridge University. It provides an introduction to laboratory science and a chance to carry out real experiments.

Biology STIMULUS project inspires our students

Biochemist Lavinia-Lorena Pruteanu, currently based at the University of Cambridge, presented our Biology students with a series of masterclasses. Lavinia’s areas of expertise include molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, cytology, dietotherapy, food chemistry and pharmacology as well as life science informatics.

MedSquad organises med and vet school talk

The college MedSquad, David Hirst and Katie Thompson, invited two Cambridge University Medicine students to come and talk about their courses and how to win a place on a medical degree. They stressed the importance of work experience, excellent personal statements and discussed why you might not want to take a Medical degree.

Maths STIMULUS benefits keen mathematicians

Maths and Further Maths students have benefited from the Cambridge University STIMULUS project. This offers high-achieving students an opportunity to stretch their mathematical ability and includes work on STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper).

Homerton College’s 250th anniversary

Homerton College is running a programme of public events throughout the year to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the College. The first event will be held on Saturday, 10 February, entitled ‘Action Stations’ – a circuit of stations each exploring different developments in healthcare (from 3D Bioprinting, to Stem Cell Robots, to the workings of the NHS) with Homerton’s expert researchers. It may be of particular interest to those looking to study Biology or Medicine at University.

Our students have been given booking details.

The Wilberforce Society annual conference St. John’s College, Saturday 3rd January

 The Wilberforce Society is a student-run think tank based in the University of Cambridge.  Each year,  the Society runs a conference with a diverse array of eminent speakers, who share their insights into some of today’s most pressing issues via panel discussions.

The Wilberforce Society’s Annual Conference theme this year is ‘Brave New World: Reimagined’ and includes four panel discussions encompassing a variety of topical, engaging issues:

  • ‘The White Heat of Technology’, examining the impact of recent developments in disruptive technology, from artificial intelligence to cryptocurrencies
  • ‘Bridging Divides’, exploring the politics of socioeconomic inequality and what can be done to heal these divisions
  • ‘Liberty in the Insecurity Age’, focusing on the tension between civil liberties and security in the era of mass surveillance
  • ‘The Social Network’, analysing the influence of the online sphere in shaping modern societal discourse#

This is a unique opportunity to hear from panellists ranging from Lord Bird to Nigel Inkster, the former Head of Special Operations at MI6. The keynote speaker is the formidable Sir Malcolm Rifkind. He is one of only five people to serve as Minister through both the Thatcher and Major Ministries, including as both Defence and Foreign Secretary.

Our students have been given booking details.

Pembroke College Stokes Society talks

The Stokes Society is Pembroke’s Science Society for natural scientists, engineers, medics, computer scientists, mathematicians and more. They host a large array of interdisciplinary talks that hope to spark your interest. This year, they are inviting Year 12&13 students to join them on Wednesday evenings over the next few weeks.

Our students have been given booking details.



WiSETI / Schlumberger Annual Lecture: Going to the Ends of the Earth as a Woman in Science

The University of Cambridge’s Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) runs an annual lecture as part of its initiative to inspire young women towards a career in STEM. This year the lecture is:

Going to the Ends of the Earth as a Woman in Science

Wednesday 14 March 5.30-6.30, Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, Storey’s Way

Speaker: Professor Dame Jane Francis, geologist.

Our students have been given booking details.

ARU Neurolinguistics research project

Long Road students are taking part in a research project run by the department of English Language and Linguistics at ARU and of great interest to Psychology students.

ARU Criminology Taster

Criminology Level 3 Diploma students are visiting ARU to widen their knowledge of the subject and to find out about degree-level courses in the subject.

Photo clockwise from top left: Pembroke College, St. John’s College, Maths STIMULUS, Homerton College, Biology STIMULUS, ARU (Anglia Ruskin University).