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Open Days and Outreach

Join us for a Virtual Open Day to talk to current students, find out about applying and tour our accommodation and facilities, or sign up for an Outreach event where you can get a taste of life as a mature student at Wolfson.

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HE21+ 2021

8 - 12 February 2021

Registrations for this event have now closed. To join our mailing list and be notified of similar events in the future please email the Outreach and Student Recruitment Officer.

In partnership with Hughes Hall and St Edmund's College we are holding a virtual HE21+ enrichment programme so prospective mature undergraduate students can explore what it is like to study at Cambridge. The programme has three academic strands and academic support sessions:

For everyone

Monday 8, 2-3pm - Academic skills for transition to Higher Education

This hands-on session will help you reflect on your academic skills, identify those that you would like to develop, and we’ll look at some of the freely available resources to help you. We’ll then focus on time management, a skill that underpins everything we do at university. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be listening to lectures, making notes, reading and writing. The session will provide chance for you to ask questions, try out some techniques, and discuss the topics with peers.

Monday 8, 4-5pm - Meet Cambridge's Mature Students

A live panel discussion where you can ask current undergraduates studying at one of the three mature colleges what it's really like being a mature student at Cambridge. They'll tell you about their journeys to Cambridge and how the College system works.

Friday 12, 11am-12pm - How to make a strong application as a mature student

A live workshop with expert Admissions Tutors from Wolfson, St Edmund's and Hughes Hall. All have years of experience of admitting mature students who may not have followed a traditional route to University. You will be able to ask about qualifications, funding and how to make your application the best it can be.

Tuesday 9 - Arts and Humanities stream

There will be three taster lectures, each followed by a live Q&A, from across the Arts and Humanities. You will also be able to view a current student taking a supervision - the one to one teaching Cambridge is famous for.

10 - 11am: Cracking Codes: why do ancient manuscripts matter? Dr Jane McLarty, Divinity

This lecture will introduce you to the fascinating world of ancient manuscripts, and we'll decipher some of the original language of the New Testament, the Christian holy text.

11.30am - 12.30pm: The concept of ‘Zeitgeist’ and its uses for the analysis of culture, Dr Martin Parker Dixon, Music

Zeitgeist, or the Spirit of the Age, appears to be a highly useful shorthand that encapsulates the priorities of a culture at any given point in time. This lecture will explore the hidden philosophical commitments that, arguably, are entailed by the deployment of this surprisingly difficult term.

2-3pm: For I am a woman, lewed, febille, and freylle’: Gender, Authority and Authorship in Medieval English Literature, Katherine Dixon, PhD student, English

This lecture will consider the ways with which, and the extent to which, medieval female writers such as Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe were able to express agency and obtain auctorite  (authority). In doing so, it becomes clear that we must resist the historical narrative that male voices exclusively controlled the cultural discourse of the Middle Ages, just as a number of women resisted these expectations in their own lifetime.  

Supervision: There will also be a supervision (a small group or individual teaching session) available to view, linked to Dr Martin Parker Dixon's lecture. See current undergraduates take part in the teaching method Cambridge is famous for.

Wednesday 10 - Social Sciences stream

There will be three taster lectures, each followed by a live Q&A, from across the Social Sciences. You will also be able to view a current student taking a supervision - the one to one teaching Cambridge is famous for.

10 - 11am: Why were the ancient Egyptians so bad at mummification? Dr Corinne Duhig, Archaeology

The ancient Egyptians have been said to be the masters of mummification, but in fact most mummies are very badly made and preserved; this lecture will consider why.

11.30am - 12.30pm: What is Justice? Astron Douglas, Law

This lecture will provide a brief introduction to some of the modern theories about justice. What is justice? How can we arrive at conclusions about justice that are common to our diverse society and are stable over time?

2-3pm: The Materiality of Power and CultureDr Joe Ellis, Human, Social and Political Science 

This lecture will introduce the world of material things (objects, art, architecture) as lens to explore modern forms of social life and power around the globe. 

Supervision: There will also be a supervision (a small group or individual teaching session) available to view, linked to one of the lectures. See current undergraduates take part in the teaching method Cambridge is famous for.

Thursday 11 - Sciences stream

There will be three taster lectures, each followed by a live Q&A, from across the Sciences. You will also be able to view a current student taking a supervision - the one to one teaching Cambridge is famous for.

10 - 11am: Aspirin: Headaches and HeartachesDr Lesley MacVinish, Director of Studies in Medicine, Wolfson College

Aspirin as a wonder drug? Pharmacology is the study of how drugs work on the body to have their effects. So when someone claims to have a wonder drug, that can cure everything from headaches to heartaches, we want to know how it works. Or if it works. We want to know the secret life of the wonder drug which is aspirin. 

11.30am - 12.30pm: An introduction to psychology: learning and memoryDr Andrea Greve, Psychological and Behavioural Studies 

2-3pm: : Out of Asia? Pigs in Africa: genetics and trade, Dr Carole Sargent, Natural Sciences (Biological)

This lecture will cover what we know, and what we still have to discover, about the origins and unique features of pigs in West Africa using genetics as one of our analytical tools.

Supervision: There will also be a supervision (a small group or individual teaching session) available to view, linked to Dr Carole Sargent's lecture. See current undergraduates take part in the teaching method Cambridge is famous for.

Please note the lecture programme is subject to change should there be circumstances outside of the organisers' control.

Visiting Wolfson College

In person tours of the College are not currently available. This page will be updated when we are able to offer them again. For now, we recommend you visit our excellent virtual tour. You can also take a video tour with current student Jake.

Please contact the Outreach and Student Recruitment Officer if you have any questions.

Mature Students' Virtual Shadowing Scheme

The Cambridge Students Union (CSU) Shadowing Scheme helps UK students get to know what it is like being a student at Cambridge. We especially welcome applications from those who would be the first in their immediate family to attend university.

The three mature Colleges have an exciting programme of study skills and application support workshops and online social event for the participants on the mature scheme.

Applications for the 2021 scheme have now closed. 

University of Cambridge Open Days

In light of the latest advice about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all in-person outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office have been cancelled until May 2021. These events are now going ahead virtually. The next Undergraduate Open Days are scheduled for early July 2021.