The students have been regularly attending sessions held by Queens’ College at the Science and Media Museum in Bradford through the University’s Area Links Scheme. There have included lectures by visiting Cambridge Academic Staff, video-link tutorials and Q&A sessions with current students.
On 9th October, they made the journey to Cambridge to learn more about what the University is like and to see first-hand the College building and its facilities. Students took part in the tour of the College, job spotter activities and were presented with certificates following completion of their Summer Research Projects.
Queens’ College are aware that many students are hesitant to apply for Cambridge University due to stereotypes about the its culture and perceived barriers to entry. However, they acknowledge factors such as socio-economic background, school ranking and financial pressures should never prevent a student from realising their potential at any higher education institution.
The Academy will continue to work with Queens’ College this year to provide guidance and advice for prospective applicants as well as working to remove misconceptions.