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Thinking about Cambridge?

As the most diverse College in Cambridge, Lucy Cavendish College is dedicated to supporting students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to Cambridge and to achieve their full potential. Our exciting and extensive outreach programme aims to provide prospective applicants and their teachers/advisors with transparent and comprehensive information and advice about applying to Cambridge, and to raise attainment among high-achieving students from backgrounds that are disadvantaged or underrepresented at Cambridge.

Further information about events and opportunities for prospective applicants and their teachers/advisors to get involved with can be found below, and supplementary resources can be found on our prospective applicants webpage


Events for Prospective Applicants in 2022-23

Applications for the Lucy Cavendish College Academic Enrichment Programme 2022 are now open.

We are delighted to launch our flagship virtual outreach programme, the Lucy Cavendish College Academic Enrichment Programme. The programme will provide over 700 high-achieving state school students with comprehensive supplementary academic support tailored to their stage in the curriculum, giving them the best chance of achieving their full potential. The programme will take consist of weekly sessions from November 2022 to March 2023. This will include academic enrichment classes, supplementing students’ subject-specific skills and knowledge while offering them the opportunity to think more seriously about possible degree routes; peer discussion groups, where students had the opportunity to discuss their interests with peers and build their academic confidence; and university readiness sessions, which provided information and guidance on how to make competitive applications to Cambridge and other highly selective universities.

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The University of Cambridge Open Days will be taking place on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September 2022. The University of Cambridge’s Open Days are aimed at prospective applicants from Year 12 (or equivalent), together with their parents or supporters, to help them learn more about the University.

We're looking forward to welcoming back prospective applicants to our beautiful campus! Lucy Cavendish College will be running an information stand and tours from 9:30-16:30 on both the 15th and 16th September, so please do drop by to chat with our admissions team and current students about life at Lucy and the application process.

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Register for the Cambridge Open Days

We are hosting a regular series of interactive webinars throughout the academic year to support Y11-13 students through the Cambridge application process. 

Sessions include:

  • Advice for prospective applicants on personal statements, admissions assessments and interviews
  • Information about Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College
  • Comprehensive subject choice guidance for Year 11 (or equivalent) students

Find further information and register for webinars here

College Tours will not be taking place in Autumn 2022, but will resume again in Spring 2023. Check back here to find out more and book your spot. 


Applications for the Lucy Cavendish College Summer Preparation Programme 2022 are now closed. Sign-up to our mailing list to receive updates on the Summer Preparation Programme 2023. 

The Lucy Cavendish College Summer Preparation Programme 2022 is designed to bridge the gap between GCSE (National 5/equivalent) study to A-Levels (IB/Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers/equivalent) by providing students with a month-long programme of academic enrichment tailored to their stage of the curriculum. The programme will consist of study skills workshops on a range of important themes such as time management and essay writing, university readiness sessions to support students as they plan their next steps to top Universities like Cambridge, and substantive knowledge sessions, designed to supplement students' foundational academic knowledge so that they can hit the ground running when they start their post-16 studies.

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Applications for the Lucy Cavendish College Cottrell Essay Prize 2022 are now closed. Sign-up to our mailing list to receive updates on the Cottrell Essay Prize 2023.

As a College, we aim to tackle the pressing issues of the twenty-first century, and we have designed this year’s questions to get to the heart of the most important issues affecting Medicine and Veterinary Medicine during this extraordinary time. Students in Year 12 (S5 - Scotland, Y13 - N.I.) attending a UK state school are invited to choose one question from either Medicine and Veterinary and submit an essay of between 1,000-1,500 words by the 6th June 2022.

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Events for Teachers in 2022-23

We will be running further teacher CPD sessions in the 2022-23 academic year. Sign-up to our mailing list to receive updates on these sessions.

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Mailing Lists

We send out monthly newsletters to update you on exciting events and opportunities happening both in Lucy Cavendish College and across the wider university. 

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Social Media

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Resources for prospective applicants

Resources designed to help prospective applicants make a competitive application.