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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Low Participation Neighbourhood Summer School: 18-21 August

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Start Time: 18 Aug 2019 - 09:00
End Time: 21 Aug 2019 - 16:00
Murray Edwards College
United Kingdom

Low Participation Neighbourhood Summer School: 18-21 August

The 2019 Low Participation Neighbourhood (LPN) Summer School will take place from Sunday 18 to Wednesday 21 August 2019. It is designed to encourage academically able students from areas of the country where students are less likely to enter higher education to consider making applications to top universities, including the University of Cambridge.

To apply, please complete this online form.  Please make sure you have checked your eligibility first (see below). Once you have applied, your nominated teacher referee will be contacted for a reference. Applications close on 27 May 2019.  Applicants and their teacher referees will be notified by 8 June about the outcome of their application.

What does the summer school involve?

The summer school will take place for a few days in August after you've taken your GCSEs but before you receive your exam results. Meals and accommodation are provided for attendees in either Christ’s College or Sidney Sussex College. 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. Students have the option to return to a second summer school in the August between Year 12 and 13, which focuses more directly on how to make a competitive application to one of the world’s top universities. This summer school is hosted by Murray Edwards College. 

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 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's subject strands are: 

  • BioChem (human/medical)
  • BioChem (non-medical)
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Students wishing to apply for a place on the residential should choose 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 choose 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 currently studying for your GCSEs at a UK state school.
  • You are going on to study academic qualifications (usually A Levels or the IB) 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, 8s and 9s (or equivalent) at GCSE, and will need to provide the name and email address of a teacher who can support your application.


How and when do I apply?

Fill in the online application form here. You will also need to ask your teacher to complete a reference for you – they will be contacted when your application is received to ask for the reference. The deadline for applications is 27 May 2019. Your application will be reviewed after this date and you will be informed of the result in June. 

Where can I get more information?

Please get in touch with Catherine Rowley if you have any questions about this residential.