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Attending an open day is a great way to find out more about Sidney Sussex. You'll get your questions answered by Admissions staff and there is often a chance to meet subject specialists too. It's a good idea to read about your subject on the University and College websites, and to make a note of any questions you'd like us to answer. There will also be an opportunity for you to chat with current students and to have a guided tour of the College. These events are a great way to get a feel for Sidney, how the University works and what Cambridge is like as a city, as well as finding out more about the application process.


There are no Open Days scheduled currently. You can visit the College on one of the University Open Days in July, or contact the Admissions Office to arrange an independent visit.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS: Schools wishing to book a group in for an open day should email admissions@sid.cam.ac.uk stating which open day they wish to attend and how many students/teachers they would like to bring.

General College Open Days (Saturday 9 September and Saturday 16 September 2017) - For students who will be in Year 13 in September 2017

These general College Open Days will be for all subjects and will include talks from the Admissions Director about the College and how to make a competitive application. Current undergraduate students will be available throughout the day to show prospective applicants around the College, with a selection of student rooms open to view, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

The programme will be identical for both open days and can be accessed here: September Open Days Programme


Mathematics Open Mornings (2018, date to be confirmed) - For current Year 12 students

We will be holding an open morning to run alongside the open afternoons being organised by the Faculty of Mathematics. Date to be confirmed.

Please see the Faculty of Mathematics website for further information.


University and College Open Days (Thursday 5 July and Friday 6 July 2018) - For current Year 12 students

The University will be running two general open days on Thursday 5 July and Friday 6 July. This is a fantastic time to visit as all of the Colleges will be open, as well as many department and faculty buildings. It's also a great opporunity to explore the city of Cambridge! You can find more information and book on the University website.

On both days, Sidney Sussex will be open to drop-in visitors from 9.00am - 5.00pm and students will be on hand all day to giving tours of College, and there will be a selection of student rooms open to view. The Admissions team will also be present to help answer any queries you might have. Further details will be added in due course.


Accommodation for Open Days

If you have to travel a very long distance to Sidney, then you may wish to consider booking overnight accommodation within the College. You can do this by visiting the Conference & Events area of the website. Parents are welcome to book overnight accommodation too. The room rate will be specified on the booking page.

If you are a teacher and would like to make a group booking for your school, please email admissions@sid.cam.ac.uk. Accommodation for school groups will cost £15 per person for bed and breakfast. Schools may book a maximum of 10 single rooms for one night. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that there is no accommodation available for the Mathematics Open Days or the College Open Days in September.

Due to constraints on space we regret that we are not able to provide accommodation for parents. The Cambridge Tourist Information Centre can provide details of local hotels and guesthouses.


Open Days and Events Travel Fund

The University of Cambridge has established a travel fund to enable children in (or previously in) care to travel to open day events organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge. For more information and to apply, please see the Travel Fund webpage, or contact care@cao.cam.ac.uk.




Attending a subject taster day is a fantastic way to learn about what it might be like to study a subject you are really interested in at the University of Cambridge, and to meet with current undergraduate students and academics who are learning and teaching in the same field.


Medieval and Modern Languages Taster Day (Saturday 24 June 2017) - For current Year 12 students

Do you enjoy and have an aptitude for learning languages - and want to obtain a high level of fluency? Are you interested in exploring and understanding the past and present of countries where your languages are spoken, through the study of their culture, literature and history? If so, then you should consider applying for Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge!

You can find out more about studying this course at our Medieval and Modern Languages Taster Day, taking place on Saturday 24 June 2017. You will have the opportunity to take part in taster lectures, meet current undergraduate students studying MML, and meet with MML academics. You will also have a chance to take part in a tour of Sidney Sussex College. The programme is likely to take place between 10.00am until 3.30pm. We will circulate the programme around to attendees.

Please complete the booking form if you would like to book a place. The deadline for applications is noon on Thursday 8 June 2017. Decisions will be sent out by 5pm on Monday 12 June 2017.

Please note that we will only accept bookings made by individuals. Booking forms completed on someone else's behalf will not be considered. In the event of over subscription, priority will be given to attendees from maintained sector schools. We will also carefully consider any cases where five or more students from the same school wish to attend.

The event is free-of-charge and lunch will be provided. 

If you have any queries, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer, Miss Grace Dickinson (gd364@cam.ac.uk).


Economics Taster Day (Monday 10 July 2017) - For current Year 12 students

Are you interested in the world of finance and want a real insight into studying Economics at university? Would you like to find out more about what studying Economics at the University of Cambridge entails? Do you want the chance to live like a Cambridge student for the day by experiencing taster lectures and meeting current undergraduate students? If so, why not sign up for the Economics Taster Day where you will be able to find out more about studying Economics at Cambridge and about applying to the university!

This event is aimed at Year 12 students and will offer prospective applicants the chance to meet current students, Economics academics and the College's Admissions Director, giving attendees the opportunity to ask any burning questions they have in an informal setting. The day will run from 10.00 to 15.30 and will include taster lectures, a tour of Sidney Sussex and a talk on applications to the university. We will circulate the programme to attendees once we have confirmed places.

Please complete the booking form if you would like to book a place. The deadline for applications is noon on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Decisions will be sent out by 5pm on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Please note that we will only accept bookings made by individuals. Booking forms completed on someone else's behalf will not be considered. In the event of over subscription, priority will be given to attendees from maintained sector schools. We will also carefully consider any cases where five or more students from the same school wish to attend.

The event is free-of-charge and lunch will be provided.

If you have any queries, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer, Miss Grace Dickinson (gd364@cam.ac.uk).


Geography Taster Day (Friday 14 July 2017) - For current Year 12 students

Thinking about studying Geography at University? Want to find out more about Cambridge University? Why not sign up for the Geography Taster Day taking place on Friday 14 July 2017, jointly hosted by Sidney Sussex and Jesus College, Cambridge.

Aimed at Year 12 students, the day will offer prospective applicants the opportunity to meet current students studying Geography, admissions tutors and Geography academics from the university. All attendees will participate in two taster lectures followed by Q & A sessions, as well as having the chance to take part in a tour of both Colleges. The programme is likely to take place between 10.00am until 3.30pm. We will circulate the programme around to attendees.

Please complete the booking form by noon on Monday 12 June 2017. Confirmation of your place will be communicated by 6pm on Friday 16 June 2017.

Please note that we will only accept bookings made by individuals. Booking forms completed on someone else's behalf will not be considered. In the event of over subscription, priority will be given to attendees from maintained sector schools. We will also carefully consider any cases where five or more students from the same school wish to attend.

The event is free-of-charge and lunch will be provided. 

If you have any queries, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer, Miss Grace Dickinson (gd364@cam.ac.uk).




If you are unable to attend an Open Day you are very welcome to arrange a drop-in visit to the College, please email admissions@sid.cam.ac.uk to make an appointment. The Admissions Office is generally open for drop-in visitors Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm and is located on the ground floor of B staircase, in Hall Court.


Map and directions 

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  The visit to Sidney Sussex was really worth it. It has changed my perspective on Cambridge and I now feel that I can aspire to go there.  

Year 11 pupil at West Hill School



School Visits

Sidney Sussex hosts visits to Cambridge by schools and colleges from across the country. Programmes are flexible but usually include a talk from the Schools Liasion Officer or the Admissions Director (which can cover a range of topics such as courses, student life and the admissions process) and the opportunity to meet with current undergraduate students and tour the College. Programmes sometimes include a sample lecture or workshop led by an academic member of the College. It is also possible to arrange other educational and social activities in and around the College for example a museum visit or a tour of the city.

The Schools Liasion Officer and the Admissions Director also visit schools and colleges to talk to students and teachers. If you have any queries, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer, Miss Grace Dickinson (gd364@cam.ac.uk) if you would like to organise either a visit to Sidney Sussex for your students, or to request a visit to your school or college from the Admissions Director.


Area Link Scheme

As part of the University of Cambridge's Area Link Scheme, Sidney Sussex works with schools and colleges in the following areas in particular (but not exclusively): Blackpool, Bury, Lancashire, Oldham, Staffordshire, Stoke, Tameside, Warrington, Wigan, Kensington and Chelsea. We are also very happy to work with schools and colleges from outside these areas.


Summer Schools

Details to be added soon.


Access Tour

Every year, a group of between 6-8 Sidney undergraduates volunteer to spend a week visiting the schools and colleges in one of our Area Links to speak about their personal experiences of studying at Cambridge. This is a fantastic way for schools and colleges to hear a first hand account of what it's like to be a student at Cambridge. We visit the areas we regularly work with on a rotational basis each year. In 2016, our students spent a week visiting around 15 schools and colleges in and around Stoke-on-Trent.

Details about the 2017 Access Tour (which will take place in September) will be added here in due course.


Follow us on Twitter (@Sidney_Outreach) to be the first to hear about our outreach events and visits!


Dr Sumnall

Dr Catherine Sumnall

Fellow
Admissions Director
Email: admissions@sid.cam.ac.uk
Communications Editor
Director of Studies in Geography
College Room: B04
College Tel: +44 1223 3 38846
Email: cs364@cam.ac.uk
Miss Comiskey

Miss Sophie Comiskey

Admissions Officer
Email: admissions@sid.cam.ac.uk
Communications Officer
College Tel: +44 1223 3 38872
Dept. Tel: +44 1223 3 38872
Email: admissions@sid.cam.ac.uk
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Miss Grace Dickinson

Schools Liaison Officer
Email: gd364@cam.ac.uk