Oxbridge Events

All GSAL students who would like to find out more about applying to Oxbridge should register their interest with Mr Yates or Mr Dodd in school. Students in Year 12 & 13 can request to be added to the Oxbridge emailing list to receive important updates throughout the year.

In addition to the current opportunities advertised here, there are more opportunities and resources available on the dedicated Oxbridge page of The GSAL Journal.

The Academic Extension area on GSAL World aims to help students develop their own interests and think beyond the confines of classroom subjects.

A full Calendar of Academic Extension Events is regularly updated with opportunities throughout the year.

The Lawson Library at GSAL has an excellent Research Zone online, providing easy access to a wide range of learning resources.

The regular news and updates relating to Opportunities and Wider Learning Resources will also strengthen any Oxbridge application.

It is strongly recommended that you follow The GSAL Journal, via email or on Twitter, and pay close attention to specific Oxbridge content.

Mr Yates & Mr Dodd

University of Oxford Newsletter

Updated 24th January 2020

Open Days

Our 2020 Open Days will be taking place on 1 and 2 July and 18 September. Please encourage your students to explore our University, meet current students and staff and find out what it’s like to study with us. In addition to taking part in these University-wide Open Days, some academic departments hold their own open days earlier in the year. These are ideal for students who already know what courses they are interested in, and would like to find out more.

Materials Science: 18 and 19 February, 31 March
Law: 16, 17 and 18 March
Classics: 20 March
Mathematics: 25 April and 2 May
Modern Languages: 2 May
Oriental Studies: 2 May
Geography: 15 June

Oxplore Live

Oxplore’s popular live-stream event is back on 13 February and it’s bigger and better than ever! Host Tom Crawford will be joined by a panel of Oxford academics to debate the Big Question ‘Is knowledge dangerous?’ Students are encouraged to join in with practical demonstrations of ‘dangerous knowledge’ and to put their own questions to the panel for the chance to win prizes. The event is suitable for groups from Years 7-13. Register now for a free weblink and resource pack.

University of Cambridge Newsletter

Updated: 24th January 2020

Year 12 Information Seminars
Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 January

PGCE Open Day

Friday 7 February

Egyptology and Assyriology Study Day

Friday 7 February

Christ’s College Taster Days
February and March

Department of Archaeology Open Day
Thursday 27 February 

St Catharine’s Year 12 School Visit Days
4, 6 and 11 March 

Studying Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia at University
London: Saturday 7 March
Durham: Saturday 14 March

Latin Taster Day
Saturday 14 March

Catz and Queens’ BME Access Day
Saturday 14 March 

Student Conferences

Events around the country: 16 – 26 March

Women in Maths Residential
Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 March

Classics Open Day
Friday 20 March 

Pembroke College Year 12 Subject Masterclasses
Saturday 21 and Saturday 28 March 

GCSE Religious Studies Study Day
Tuesday 24 March

Rosalind Franklin Women in STEM Conference
Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 March

Peterhouse CanBridge Residential

Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 March

VetCam 2020
Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 April

St Catharine’s College Year 12 English and MML Residential 
Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 April

Pembroke College Year 11 Women in Science Residential
Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 April

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Open Day
Wednesday 22 April

Sutton Trust Summer Schools
August 2020

Newham College (Cambridge) Newsletter

Updated: December 2020

Newham College Events
Rosalind Franklin Conference – 24-26 March 2020
We are pleased to announce that Newnham College is now accepting applications for the Rosalind Franklin Women in STEM Conference, which will take place between Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th of March 2020. This annual conference brings together eighty sixth-form students with the aim of fostering academic discussion among young people and encouraging them to consider the wide-reaching roles of STEM in society.

This year, we will be encouraging attendees to consider the issues surrounding the development and use of Artificial Intelligence. Speakers representing a range of views will address this question, following which attendees will divide into syndicate groups to discuss the topic further. The conference will culminate in a final plenary session, where each group will be able to share and debate on their overall assessments.

All accommodation and food will be provided, and there is no charge for student participation. Newnham College will provide public transport travel support for students who are eligible for free school meals, or who have spent time in local authority care.

The application form for students can be found here.
This form should be completed (along with the teacher Nomination Form) by 8 January 2020.

Please note that as it is possible that this event will be oversubscribed, we are unable to guarantee places. Full details of the criteria the college will use to allocate places can be found on our website
Events led by other Cambridge Colleges
1. Women in Maths Residential, Christ’s/Trinity College – 19-21 March 2020

This residential is open to women who are interested in studying Maths and related courses at a top university. On the residential, you’ll attend lectures and classes taught by Cambridge academics and meet current students and admissions staff. It’s a good opportunity to gain an insight into what it’s like to study at Maths at the University of Cambridge. Attendees will also have the chance to explore the city of Cambridge, and take part in a range of social activities.

For further information, and to apply, click here.

2. Humanities Residential,  Trinity College – 1-3 April 2020

During this residential you will attend lectures and classes taught by Cambridge academics, getting a taste of the wide variety of subjects on offer at university, as well as opportunities to explore the city and to take part in a range of social activities. You will also get the chance to meet current fellows and undergraduates, and gain a fantastic insight into what it’s like to live and study at Trinity. There will also be sessions on choosing a course, applications and student life. There are a maximum of 50 place available on this event. Please see the website for eligibility and selection criteria.

For further information, and to apply, click here.    

University-wide events
1. The Subject Matters 

The Subject Matters is a series of Cambridge based events for Year 10 and Year 11 students and their parents and supporters. We offer key advice about making informed A level (or equivalent) subject choices and provide an introduction to university life and study. The upcoming events are as follows: Saturday, 25 January 2020 (morning and afternoon sessions) Monday 17 February 2020 (afternoon session only) For more information and to book a place please visit the website.

2. Faculty of Divinity’s Film Competition – deadline to apply 16 December The film competition is open to all UK students in Years 9 to 13, and winners will receive a share of £500 prize money. Students are encouraged to interpret the theme in their own way, using documentary or fictional genres, and are welcome to set their films anywhere in the world and in any religious or philosophical tradition. Films should be no longer than 5 minutes. Please see the entry form here for full details.

3. Theology and Literature Study Day – 13 January 2020 How is religious meaning shaped by words on a page? How are literary texts influenced by the beliefs of their authors and readers? What are the differences between sacred and literary writing? Can the act of writing be an act of worship? What happens to religious literature in performance? The Faculty of English and the Faculty of Divinity are holding a joint study day on Monday 13th January 2020 exploring the relationship between theology and literature. The day is aimed at students in Years 11 and 12 with an interest in literature, performance, theology, religion, and philosophy of religion – especially those who may be considering studying these subjects at university.

Click here for further information and to book a place.

4. GCSE Classical Civilization & Ancient History Study Day – 18 January 2020 Join experts who teach and study the ancient world at the University of Cambridge for an inspiring day of talks, tours, and taster sessions which will help you get more out of your Classical Civilisation or Ancient History GCSE. To apply please fill in the booking form available on website here.