This year, Fitzwilliam College will be running a four-week long taster programme for Year 11 students from ethnic minority backgrounds. Our BME officers Tolu Mustapha and Leona Kouame have worked with the college to design a programme that aims to develop study skills, introduce pupils to new university subjects, and to provide an insight as to what studying at the University of Cambridge is really like! The programme will involve two online sessions a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and will begin from 11 November. The Wednesday sessions will be run by academics and staff members, and will involve taster lectures, Q&As, and talks about Cambridge. The sessions on Saturdays will be led by current university students who are also from ethnic minority backgrounds, and these sessions will include a talk about revision tips, a Q&A, and two academic group discussions. The full programme is available here.
For each group discussion, you will be allocated to a subject group of approximately 10 pupils and two university students. A week before the session, you will be sent an article or something similar to read, along with a list of questions to think about as you read it. In the session, the university students will lead a group discussion that everyone will participate in, like a university seminar. You will take part in discussions for two different subject groups, out of a possible seven (Law and Economics, Social Sciences and Education, English and Foreign Languages, History and Classics, Maths and Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Medicine). In the application form you can pick your first choice subject group and we will do our best to ensure that everyone is allocated to a session for their first choice subject, but the subject for your second group discussion will be randomly chosen for you from the other available groups.
Bookings for this event have now closed. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application over the next few days.
If you have any questions about this programme, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.