For the third year running, Murray Edwards College hosted the Year 12 strand of the Low Participation Neighbourhood Summer School, which we run in collaboration with Christ's College and Sidney Sussex College. The scheme offers Year 11 and Year 12 students from areas of the country where there is minimal progression to higher education (POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2), the opportunity to experience life in Cambridge.
For students in Year 11, the focus of the Summer School was on exploring their subjects of interest, with introductory sessions on studying subjects such as Law, Medicine and History in Cambridge's academic environment. In addition, students received advice on which A Level subjects to choose, student finance and how to explore their academic interests beyond the classroom. We will continue to engage these students throughout the academic year and they will have the chance to return to Murray Edwards College again before they begin Year 13.
This year, we hosted more than 60 Year 12 students who came from as far afield as Penzance, Barrow-in-Furness, Blyth and Bridgend. The focus of the Summer School for this group of students was on the application process: from interview skills to how to tackle admissions' assessments, and what life after university may hold.
The highlight of the Summer School is always the formal dinner (pictured), where both the Year 11 and Year 12 students, as well as the student helpers and academic leaders, unite in the magnificent Dome at Murray Edwards College. This year was no exception, and the food and location were enjoyed by all!