London state schools visit Fitz
On 15 March around 40 Year 10 students from various London state schools visited Fitzwilliam as part of a widening participation event jointly organised by Fitzwilliam and Sidney Sussex colleges.
As part of their trip to Cambridge, the students from Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea first visited Fitzwilliam College. Here they attended an hour-long talk by Sidney Sussex’s Schools Liaison Officer (SLO), Grace Dickinson, on what it is like to study at Cambridge and what the application process entails. As part of the talk, the pupils also got to hear from our own SLO, Aemilia McDonnell, who spoke to them about how Fitzwilliam College was founded in 1869 to broaden access to the University.
The school groups then had a chance to explore the College guided by current Fitzwilliam students, who showed them the Olisa Library, the Junior Common Room (JCR), the coffee shop/bar, and grounds. Following lunch in Upper Hall, the students and their teachers made their way into town to visit Sidney Sussex College, which they also thoroughly enjoyed.
Michael Fordham, one of the teachers accompanying the students and an alumnus of Fitzwilliam College himself (History 2003), said: “Fitzwilliam College is always so welcoming and friendly, and as a state comprehensive school we love brining out students to Fitz as we know the academics will be down to earth and friendly, and that the students we meet will show our pupils the reality of studying in Cambridge, helping to dispel the numerous myths that many of our students have.”
The University and its colleges are committed to widening participation to higher education and because of this hundreds of outreach initiatives and events are run each year both in Cambridge and in schools and colleges across the UK. If you would like to find out more about these initiatives and events please visit the University’s widening participation page here.