Launched this year, the Cambridge 21+ programme brought a small cohort of prospective mature students on a two-day residential visit to Cambridge on 7-8 July 2022. During their time in Cambridge, the students visited each of the three mature colleges: Hughes Hall, St Edmunds, and Wolfson.
At Wolfson, the nine students joined a study skills workshop with Librarian & Research Skills Specialist Laura Jeffrey, which provided them with strategies for study planning, smart working, and time management to help them make the transition to University. The candidates were then taken on a tour of the College by current students, to see the different study and social spaces, as well as the gardens, library, gym and student accommodation.
The visitors were particularly impressed by the common areas, including the Club Room and Old Combination Room, both of which were recently refurbished according to designs by architecture students at Wolfson.
“These spaces have so much personality,” remarked Sultan Doda, who is planning to apply to Cambridge to study Computer Science. “It’s so green and pleasant here, I can imagine it’s the kind of place that’s beautiful all year round.”
Michele Ferrara is hoping to come to Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. For him, the most important thing is a strong community feeling, as well as good facilities, such as a gym. “These are the main things I’m looking for in a College,” he said.
Tips on getting in to Cambridge
The second day of the residential programme was timed to coincide with the Cambridge Open Days, providing further opportunities to visit Faculties and Departments, meet staff, students and alumni, and to attend specific admissions sessions with tips on making a competitive application to Cambridge.