Super-curricular Opportunities: Oct 2018

Mr C Dodd – Staff Editor

GSAL Opportunities

All departments offer a range of subject enrichment opportunities; please speak to your subject teacher to find out more. The following opportunities may also be of interest:

Model United Nations Society Miss Haigh & Mr Stodolny

Debating SocietyMrs Rees, Mr Morley, Mr Westwood, Miss Simpson

Public Speaking Mrs Kurczij

LEAP (Business Enterprise) –Ms Ward

Extended Project Qualification – Mrs Walker

Aspire & Widening Perspectives (Sixth Form Enrichment) –Mr Rushworth


External Opportunities

These opportunities are in addition to those advertised via subject teachers, year group bulletins and the Higher Education team. Pay attention to all notices and check your school emails regularly.

University Open Days—check out the full calendar of university open days.

University Taster Days—click here to browse a wide variety of university courses and gain insight into university life and career opportunities.

Year 12 Cambridge Subject Masterclasses—October/November. Subject Masterclasses provide academically-able Year 12 students with the opportunity to explore subjects they are interested in studying at university and may not have previously experienced.

Year 11 Subjects Matters—October-January. Each autumn, the University of Cambridge runs practical and informative sessions for Year 11 students. The events, called The Subject Matters, highlight the importance of making suitable subject choices when making an application to a selective, research-led university.

William Akroyd Scholarship—applications are now open for this prestigious scholarship which provides a limited but significant contribution to the annual costs incurred for the duration of an undergraduate programme of study at a university or college. The competition takes the form of a general essay paper lasting two hours and containing twelve questions on topics of current significance. Deadline: Friday 9th November 2018. See Mrs Ingham in the Sixth Form office for more information.

Media Society Talk—former GSAL student Joe Wallen is visiting us on October 11th before he takes up  post as foreign correspondent in China for The Independent. See Mrs Kurczij for more information.

Law School Taster Day—hosted by Lancaster University for students in Year 11 and upwards who are interested in studying Law or Criminology. Saturday, 20th October 2018. Find out more here.

Cambridge Religion on Film Competition—this year’s theme is RELIGIOUS SPACES. We are looking to reward creative film-makers who are interested in exploring religious spaces – such as religious buildings, sacred places, a natural space or environment, sites of commemoration or memorial, or community spaces. There is a £500 prize fund. Deadline for entries: 10th December 2018. Find more here.

RGS Young Geographer of the Year (Geography) – entries by 10th October. Speak to a member of geography staff or click here for more information.

The Marshall Society Conference (Economics) – this is the official Economics Society of the University of Cambridge and their next conference, open to Sixth Form students, will be on Saturday 2nd February 2019. Speak to a subject teacher or click here for more information.

Modern Languages Taster Day (Languages) – Girton College, Cambridge, is hosting this day for Year 10/11 students interested in studying Modern Languages at university. The event is on Thursday 18th October 2018. Speak to a subject teacher or click here to find out more.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships (Engineering/Computing/Design) – identifying, inspiring and nurturing future leaders in engineering, computing and technical design. Entries starting in November/December. Provides substantial funding in Year 12 and 13 as well as the sponsorship of an industrial partner for students intending to pursue a career in engineering via a university degree. Applicants need to be in Year 11 and all applications must be made via Mr Bagshaw following a launch meeting after October half term. Click here for the Arkwright website.

Sam Hood Translation Prize & Gladstone Memorial Essay Prize (Classics) – find out more here, or speak to your Classics teacher for more information. Cash prizes available. Deadlines: 10th July 2019.

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