Trinity and Churchill colleges welcomed 65 Year 12 students from across the UK to find out more about studying a humanities or social science subject at Cambridge, as well as the application process and student life in the city. The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Residential was jointly run by Trinity and Churchill during the first week of August.
Students were given the opportunity to select an interdisciplinary topic to focus on throughout the four-day residential, enabling the exploration of multiple degree subjects – from Classics and Archaeology to Languages, Politics, and Law. Students experienced a university teaching style and were able to discuss topics in detail with academic tutors who supported their learning throughout the week.
Trinity’s Outreach Coordinator, Amber Silk, said:
What was particularly special about this residential is how each student interpreted their stream differently, by drawing on their interests across multiple disciples. They are now in the process of researching and writing an essay on a topic of their choice, which each tutor will give feedback on.
Sabrina Yu from Prior Pursglove College, near Middlesbrough, said:
With the academic sessions we attended, it gave me a full insight into what student life at Cambridge could be like … I now have a much clearer idea on whether it is suitable for me.
Students stayed in College and met current students at Trinity and Churchill. Alana James from Morriston Comprehensive School in Swansea said:
Matilda was particularly inspiring and informative. She made me realise how the uni teaching style was most definitely for me… while making law a definite career path for me.
Trinity’s Director of Admissions, Dr Glen Rangwala, who led one of the interdisciplinary topics students could choose from, said the residential was a great success.
The University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre for the study of Humanities, and we wanted to show prospective students everything Trinity and Churchill have to offer to undergraduates studying them. The students attending the residential took part with enthusiasm, insight and dedication. It was a pleasure hosting everyone and we wish them well in the next steps of their academic journey.
Fern Hay from Bilborough College, Nottingham, said:
Prof Rangwala’s input was hands down the best element of the residential. It was amazing to be led by someone so appreciative of everyone’s ideas but also giving such specific advice to each of us.
Trinity Schools Liaison Officer, Tom McGachie, said:
I applied to Trinity after coming on a residential just like this one when I was 16; it is because of my own experiences that I know how important these events are for showcasing all that Cambridge has to offer. I look forward to hopefully meeting many of the participants again in December for their admissions interviews.