Here at Sidney we’re committed to ensuring that all applicants have access to open and up-to-date information about making applications to the University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College and other higher education institutions.

We're always keen to work with schools, colleges, students and teachers to provide information and support for potential applicants, and have a number of programmes and projects which we currently run to this end.

Discover more about these opportunities below.

Open Days and Taster Days 

School groups and individual students are welcome to come and visit us in Sidney at one of our Open Days or Taster DaysMany of these events have subject-specific content and are a great way to find out more about what it's like living and studying at Sidney Sussex College.

Area Links Scheme

As part of the University's Area Links Scheme Sidney works particularly (but not exclusively) with schools and colleges in the following regions:

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Staffordshire
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Bury
  • Oldham
  • Tameside
  • Warrington
  • Wigan
  • London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

We know that for many people and schools it might not be possible to attend an event in Cambridge, and our admissions staff therefore visit schools and colleges around the country, and these areas in particular, to deliver talks and workshops to students and teachers.

Please get in touch with our Schools Liaison Officer if you would like us to visit your school or college.

LPN Summer School

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 (we've abbreviated 'low participation neighbourhood' to 'LPN', in case you're confused!). 

Find more information and the application form on our LPN webpage.

Please note that the LPN SUmmer School for 2020 is currently under review due to the Covid-19 pandemic. More information will follow in the coming weeks.

HE+ Project

HE+ is a collaborative project between the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Colleges, working together with groups of state schools and colleges in 18 regions of the UK. In the 2017-18 academic year, over 3,000 Year 12 students in more than 130 schools and colleges participated in the initiative.

The HE+ project is unique in that it encourages schools and colleges to collaborate to form regional consortia and to engage their highest-attaining students in a sustained year-long programme that is designed to encourage and prepare these students to make competitive applications to top universities, including the University of Cambridge.

Sidney Sussex College is responsible for working with the HE+ hubs in Stoke and Wigan, organising a number of events with these groups, as well as an annual residential for each.

The HE+ website has free resources and material produced by Cambridge academics, including guided activities and suggestions for further reading. This material is available to everyone, regardless of whether they're part of HE+ or not, and is a great place to start if students are looking to go beyond the syllabus!

Beyond the syllabus

Want to find out more about what a subject is like outside of the classroom? We can help with that!

We have collated information and resources from a wide variety of different media on every subject offered at Cambridge.

Prospective applicants, and teachers supporting these students, can find these resources on our Beyond the syllabus page, for use in super-curricular studying, or for extension classes in school! 

Contact our Schools Liaison Officer to ask about visits to schools and to add your school to our mailing list so that we can let you know when bookings open for our events. We are also happy to arrange for school groups to visit Sidney Sussex at most points during the year, barring the exam period in late April - June.