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Sidney Sussex Open Day


Undergraduate Open Days

Come and discover what makes Sidney special at one of our Open Days.

  • Thursday 2 July and Friday 3 July 2020 (All subjects). Book your place on the University website. Check back soon to take a look at the Sidney Sussex programme.
  • Friday 18 September 2020 (All subjects). Check back soon to take a look at the programme, and to book a place.
    • Tours of College - Friday 18 September 2020. Sidney will be open from 1.00pm to 4.00pm for prospective undergraduates to drop in for tours of College – no booking is required (please visit the University website to discover which other Colleges will be open on the same day).

What happens on the day?

Attending an open day is a great way to:

  • speak to the Admissions Team
  • meet our academics 
  • attend talks about student life, the application process, and making a competitive application
  • tour our beautiful College grounds, and see some student accommodation
  • chat to our Student Ambassadors about life at Sidney and Cambridge
  • explore the beautiful city of Cambridge

NOTE FOR TEACHERS: Schools wishing to book a group in for an open day should email the Schools Liaison Officer, Dr Stuart Palmer (), Tel. +44 1223 3 38820) stating which open day they wish to attend and how many students/teachers they would like to bring.


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. 

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.u




Taster Days offer year 12 students a snapshot of what it is like to study a subject they’re interested in at the University of Cambridge. On these days you will get to meet current undergraduate students to find out what college life is like, and you will attend academic sessions delivered by our academics and sessions geared towards applications delivered by our admissions team. Days will last from 10:00 to 15:00, and, aside from travel costs, the day is free to attend with lunch provided to attendants.


Physics, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Taster Day (Saturday 21 March 2020) - For current Year 12 students - CANCELLED

Are you interested in physical sciences or chemical engineering? Whether you know exactly which course you want to study at university or if just want to explore these subjects in a bit more depth, this Taster Day will offer you an insight into what university-level study looks like.

Academic sessions and workshops will be delivered by Sidney Sussex academics and graduate students, and as well as attending these sessions you will get to meet current undergraduates who will take you on a tour of Sidney Sussex and show you how a colleges work for students. In addition to the subject sessions, the Admissions Director and Schools Liaison Officers will talk to you about making a competitive university application and studying at the University of Cambridge.

The taster day will run from 10.00-15.00 and will include a free lunch. The taster day is free to attend (excl. travel) and is just for students (no sessions will be run for parents).

Bookings for this taster day are open, to apply, fill in the application form linked below. We will confirm places for this taster day in early March 2020. 

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 338820.


MML, HSPS, Law, & English (Saturday 28 March 2020) - For current Year 12 students - CANCELLED 

Are you interested in exploring Law, Modern & Medieval Languages, English or Human, Social, and Political Science? Whether you know exactly which course you want to study at university or if just want to explore these subjects in a bit more depth, this Taster Day will offer you an insight into what university-level study looks like.

Academic sessions and workshops will be delivered by Sidney Sussex academics and graduate students, and as well as attending these sessions you will get to meet current undergraduates who will take you on a tour of Sidney Sussex and show you how a colleges work for students. In addition to the subject sessions, the Admissions Director and Schools Liaison Officers will talk to you about making a competitive university application and studying at the University of Cambridge.

The taster day will run from 10.00-15.00 and will include a free lunch. The taster day is free to attend (excl. travel) and is just for students (no sessions will be run for parents).

Bookings for this taster day are open, to apply, fill in the application form linked below. We will confirm places for this taster day in early March 2020. 

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 338820.


Applying for a Place on a Taster Day

Booking is CLOSED

The deadlines for applications are:

  • Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering: midday (GMT), Monday 2nd March
  • MML, HSPS, Law, English: midday (GMT), Friday 6th March

Once the application period has finished we will be in touch to let you know if you have been selected for the day.

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at: slo@sid.cam.ac.uk, or call: 01223 338820.


Practical details

Taster Days are for students only, with no sessions arranged for visiting parents. The exact timetables of the day are yet to be confirmed, but the days will last between 10:00 and 15:00, with a free lunch provided.

Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for taster days, however we provide travel information and a map of the college.

If you are, or were previously, in Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).



  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, Dr Stuart Palmer () 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.


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



Each year Sidney Sussex works in collaboration with Christ's and Murray Edwards Colleges to run a summer school for Year 11 students who live in areas of low participation to higher education (on this page, we've abbreviated 'low participation neighbourhood' to 'LPN').


LPN Summer School 2020: 16 - 19 August 2020

Workshop

What does the summer school involve?

The summer school will take place for a few days in August just after you've taken your GCSE's, with meals and accommodation provided for attendees in one of the Cambridge Colleges.

The programme includes a variety of masterclasses given by Cambridge researchers, an opportunity to get to know Cambridge, information about making an application to Cambridge, and a chance to meet current Cambridge students.

After the summer school, researchers then provide continuing academic support the following school year.

What does the summer school cost?

The whole summer school is free of charge (including meals and accommodation), with the exception of travel to and from Cambridge. If you feel that you may require travel expenses to be able to attend, please get in touch, as some limited support may be available.

Subject Strands

As part of the residential programme, students have the opportunity to attend a series of seminars that will introduce them to the study of a particular subject at university level. This year's subject strands will be: 

  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Sciences
  • BioChem (human/medical)
  • BioChem (non-medical)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences

Students wishing to apply for a place on the residential should chose which subject strand they wish to attend and indicate this on their application form (there is also an option to be considered for a reserve choice if you are not selected for your first choice).  The same number of places is available on each subject strand, so please chose the subject that interests you the most.

Eligibility to apply

Only students who meet all of the following criteria can apply for a place on the LPN summer school: 

  • You attend a UK state school and are in Year 11 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or S4 (Scotland) and about to take your GCSEs or National 5s.
  • You are going on to study academic qualifications in Sixth Form, either at school or college.
  • You live in an area of low participation to higher education. To explain this a bit further, we use the POLAR classification and we only accept applications from students who live in quintile 1 or 2 areas. We encourage students to self-select using this online postcode checker tool.
  • you should be on target to receive a majority of 7s or 8s (or equivalent) at GCSE, and will need to provide the name and email address of a teacher who can support your application.
  • You can provide the name and email address of a teacher who can support your application.
In a lecture theatre

How and when do I apply?

Simply fill in the online application form here. You will also need to ask your teacher to complete a reference for you – they will be contacted when your application is received to ask for the reference. The deadline for applications is Monday 4 May. Your application will be reviewed after this date and you will be informed of the result in June. 

Where can I get more information?

Please get in touch with us at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this residential.
  



Subject Masterclass webinars for Year 12 students

Please find below the timetable for this term's subject masterclasses. 

Date Time Subject Topic Link
1 May 2019 18.00 Medicine, Biology The Basics of Molecular Biology (Part 1) http://cam.adobeconnect.com/subjectwebinars2018-19/
8 May 2019 18.00 Medicine, Biology Genomics and Its Application in Cancer Management (Part 2) http://cam.adobeconnect.com/subjectwebinars2018-19/
29 May 2019 18.00 Music, History, Psychology Music Performance Studies http://cam.adobeconnect.com/subjectwebinars2018-19/
12 June 2019 18.00 Economics, Finance The Global Financial Crisis: Its Causes and Consequences http://cam.adobeconnect.com/subjectwebinars2018-19/
26 June 2019 18.00 Materials Science, Physics Understanding the Role of Computational Methods in Materials Science with Applications http://cam.adobeconnect.com/subjectwebinars2018-19/
10 July 2019 18.00 English, History, Classics

Appropriation of Greek and Roman Cultures in the History, Literature, and Media of Modern Societies

http://cam.adobeconnect.com/subjectwebinars2018-19/

To access these webinars, students should go to the link indicated above and click "Enter as a Guest".  They will be asked to enter their name (first name alone is fine).  They should then wait for the session leader to admit them to the webinar.  Please do not try to enter the webinar more than five minutes before it is due to begin.

We recommend all students read the Adobe Connect quick start guide for participants before taking part in the webinar so they know how the software works.

The webinars will last for no longer than 60 minutes.



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.


Map and directions 

Map of Sidney Sussex College

Directions to Sidney Sussex College


You can take a virtual tour of Sidney by visiting the 'About Us' area of the website.



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Miss Sophie Comiskey

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