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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.

The Sidney Sussex College Open Days are aimed at applicants who will be applying for 2019 entry or deferred entry in 2020.

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 - Arts and Social Sciences (Saturday 15 September 2018) - Book a place

The College Open Day on Saturday 15 September will be for Arts and Social Sciences subjects. Please click here to view the programme for the day.


General College Open Days - Sciences (Saturday 22 September 2018) - Book a place

The College Open Day on Saturday 22 September will be for Sciences subjects. Please click here to view the programme for the day.


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.uk.


Year 10 Open Day (Friday 18 January 2019)

Are you currently in Year 10 but eager to see what Cambridge has to offer? Interested in learning more about the subjects on offer at university and how they are taught differently to at school? Our Year 10 Open Day is your perfect chance to do that! Come along to Sidney Sussex for the day and explore the college, attend subject taster sessions delivered by professors and graduate students, and meet some current students to chat about life at university. There will also be an opportunity to hear from our Admissions Director on what you can do now to start preparing for university, including advice on A Level decisions.

There will be subject taster sessions available in the subjects of biological sciences, maths and physical sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.

The day will run from 11am until 3pm and will include a free lunch. The day is free to attend (excluding travel).

Bookings for the Year 10 Open Day will open at the end of October 2018. 

Any further questions regarding the open day should be directed to our Schools Liaison Officer at SLO@sid.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.


Physics and Engineering Taster Day (Saturday 23 March 2019) - For current Year 12 students - Book a place

Are you interested in physical sciences or engineering? Whether you know exactly which course you want to study at university or whether you're undecided, if you're interested in these subjects, there will be something on offer of interest to you at the Sidney Physics and Engineering Taster Day. 

At the Physics and Engineering Taster, you will have an insight into what it might be like to study Physical Natural Sciences or Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Current Sidney Sussex academics and graduate students will deliver taster lectures in their field. You will have the opportunity to take part in these taster lectures and workshops, to meet current undergraduate students and academics across these subject areas. There will also be a tour of Sidney Sussex to give you an impression of how a 'college' operates in Cambridge as a collegiate university. In addition to the subject sessions on offer, you will also receive some information from the Admissions Director and Schools Liaison Officers about making a competitive university application and studying at the University of Cambridge.

The taster day will run from 10.00-16.00 and will include a free lunch. The taster day is free to attend (excl. travel).

Bookings for this taster day are open and will close when all places have been filled.

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 338872.


Maths and Computer Science Taster Day (Saturday 30 March 2019) - For current Year 12 students - Book a place

Are you interested in studying mathematics and/or computer science? Whether you know exactly which course you want to study at university or whether you're undecided, if you're interested in these subjects, there will be something on offer of interest to you at the Sidney Maths and Computer Science Taster Day. This taster day will give you an insight into what it would be like to study Maths or Computer Science at university, and specifically at Cambridge. 

Current Sidney Sussex academics and graduate students will deliver taster lectures in their field. You will have the opportunity to take part in these taster lectures and to meet current undergraduate students and academics across these subject areas. There will also be a tour of Sidney Sussex to give you an impression of how a 'college' operates in Cambridge as a collegiate university. In addition to the subject sessions on offer, you will also receive some information from the Admissions Director and Schools Liaison Officer about making a competitive university application and studying at the University of Cambridge.

The taster day will run from 10.00-16.00 and will include a free lunch. The taster day is free to attend (excl. travel).

Bookings for this taster day are open and will close when all places have been filled.

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 338872.


Geography, HSPS and Architecture Taster Day (Saturday 6 April 2019) - For current Year 12 students - Book a place

Are you interested in either geography, Human and Political Sciences or Architecture at university but want to find out more about what the course entails? This Taster Day at Sidney Sussex will give you a real taste of what it would be like to study one of these subjects at the University of Cambridge. 

At the Geography, HSPS and Architecture Taster Day, you will receive taster lectures delivered by current Sidney Sussex academic and graduate students. There will be the chance to meet current undergraduate students and academics across these subject areas to ask any questions about the course and about student life at Cambridge. You will go on a tour of Sidney Sussex so you can see firsthand how a 'college' works in the collegiate University of Cambridge. In addition to the subject-related content of the day, the Sidney Sussex Admissions Director and Schools Liaison Officer will provide information about making a competitive university application and studying at the University of Cambridge. 

The taster day will run from 10.00-16.00 and will include a free lunch. The taster day is free to attend (excl. travel).

Bookings for this taster day are open and will close when all places have been filled.

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 338872.


Arts* Taster Day (Saturday 13 April 2019) - For current Year 12 students - Book a place 

* Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) and History of Art.

Are you passionate about studying an arts subject at university? Do you want to find out more about the range of arts related degrees we have on offer? The Sidney Sussex Arts* Taster Day will give you an insight into the scope of study possible in the arts fields at the University of Cambridge. 

Current Sidney Sussex academics and graduate students will deliver taster lectures and masterclasses in their field. There will be parallel sessions across Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and History of Art, so that the day can be somewhat tailored to your individual preferences. Nonetheless, there will be broader sessions to offer an insight into different areas of the arts that you may be interested in.

There will also be a tour of Sidney Sussex to give you an impression of how a 'college' operates in Cambridge as a collegiate university. In addition to the subject sessions on offer, you will also receive some information from the Admissions Director and Schools Liaison Officer about making a competitive university application and studying at the University of Cambridge.

Bookings for this taster day are open and will close when all places have been filled.

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 case of oversubscription, priority will be given to attendees from state maintained sector schools. We will also carefully consider any cases where five or more students from the same school wish to attend.

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 338872.




Each year Sidney Sussex works in collaboration with Christ's and Murray Edwards Colleges to run a summer school in August 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', in case you're confused!).


LPN Summer School 2018: 19 - 22 August 2018

We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for this year's summer school, which will take place in Cambridge from Sunday 19 August to Wednesday 22 August 2018.

To apply for a place on the residential, please complete this online form.

Please read all the information below before applying so that you understand what the opportunity involves and how the selection process works.

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 we will be running the following subject strands:

  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Biology/Medicine
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Social 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 are just doing your GCSEs at a UK state school.
  • 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.
In a lecture theatre

How and when do I apply?

Applications for this year's event have now opened. You apply by completing this online form.

The form asks you for some basic information about yourself.  You will need to write a short statement (no more than a couple of lines) explaining why you would like a place on the residential. You will also need to provide the name and contact details of a teacher who supports your application and is prepared to write a reference for you. Once we have all this information, selection will be made on academic grounds.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 24 May 2018 and all teacher references must be received by Tuesday 5 June.

We will email you to let you know whether or not your application has been successful by Friday 15 June.  If you have been successful, you will then be sent a parental/guardian consent form and code of conduct which will need to be completed and returned in advance of the summer school. Due to this, please ensure that you sign up with an email address that you will be able to access during the summer holidays.

Where can I get more information?

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


  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, Katie Vickers () 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!



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 

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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Dr Catherine Sumnall

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