BME Student Conference 2017

After the success of last year’s inaugural BME Student Conference, we are pleased to open applications to our 2017 event, which will be held on Friday 24th February.

This one-day event invites high-achieving Year 12 students from BME (black and minority ethnic) backgrounds to experience a taste of life at Cambridge. Students who attend the event will receive an admissions presentation from the college Admissions Tutor, experience the supervision system which characterises teaching at Cambridge, as well as exploring Trinity College. BME students from across the university will be on hand to answer questions, and share their experiences of studying here. Lunch will be provided and there are funds available to reimburse travel costs.

Lucy Verni, Assistant Headteacher of La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ School, was hugely positive about the 2015 conference: “One of our students said that she had been to Oxford and Cambridge before but this was the first time on a course that she had felt that applying was a ‘realistic opportunity’ and she was very grateful to have met tutors and professors in particular.”

Sherifat, of the London Academy of Excellence, who attended the previous BME Student Conference said “It was a wonderful insight into the teaching at Cambridge as well as the atmosphere not only in the University of Cambridge but also in the city.”

There are three aims of the day:

a      To increase the chance of high achieving BME students making informed applications to Cambridge and to understand what Cambridge is really like from current students

b      To offer students a unique and rare opportunity to experience the Cambridge teaching system

c      To assist teachers in providing guidance and support to students intending to apply to Cambridge

Teachers are required to register students for this event, and can bring up to eight students per school. We are looking for students who are high performers, and/or have the potential to do well at A Level. We would also like students who are capable of applying to Cambridge but might be unsure about the university and want to know more. Teachers can register their students here.

Students whose teachers will not be attending the event may also register to attend, using this form.

We hope that the 2017 BME Student Conference will be an inspiring and exciting opportunity for potential students to meet current students, tutors and professors, and we look forward to receiving your applications.

For further information or any inquiries, please contact Richelle George, TCSU BME Officer at