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Welcome to our Virtual Open Day! Discover how our modern, informal environment, our focus on student support and our unique commitment to widening participation helps set us apart.


Cambridge University Virtual Open Days 2020

Click the drop-down menus below to see what sessions are taking place at Lucy Cavendish College.

These sessions are aimed at prospective applicants for 2021 entry, including students currently in Year 12 (or the equivalent), post-qualification applicants and prospective mature applicants (aged 21 and over), along with any parents or supporters who would like to find out more about our College.

Each session will cover a specific topic and there will be different members of the College taking part in each one. The final session will be an open Q&A for anyone who is interested in finding out more. You are very welcome to dip in and out of our sessions as you wish.

You can register in advance below and we will send you the details on the days, or simply join by following the link that we will publish here before each session.


Date Time Session Who will be there?
Thursday 2 July 15.00-15.45 Applying to Lucy Cavendish College Our Admissions Director and the Admissions Team
Thursday 2 July 16.00-16.45 Student Support at Lucy Cavendish The Senior Tutor, Directors of Studies and our Tutors
Friday 3 July 10.00-10.45 Student Life at Lucy Cavendish Some of our current students
Friday 3 July 11.15-11.45 Open Q&A The Admissions Team


You can register in advance to attend any of these sessions by following this link and completing the form.

Or you can just follow the links we have published here for each session. We look forward to speaking to you!

Thursday 2nd July links:

15.00-15.45 Applying to Lucy Cavendish:

Meeting ID: 814 4568 2865

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16.00-16.45 Student Support at Lucy Cavendish:

Meeting ID: 846 3209 7899

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Friday 3rd July links

10.00-10.45 Student life at Lucy Cavendish:

Meeting ID: 879 3142 6806

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11.15-11.45 Open Q+A:

Meeting ID: 879 9623 2416

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Please note that will ask you to please keep your camera and microphone off during the session. This is in accordance with standard University practice for live virtual sessions. We will be very happy to answer any questions you have if you type them into the chat bar. 




Book your place on the University website to hear all about the online talks and sessions you can join and listen to.

As well as joining our College-specific sessions (above), our Admissions Director, Dr Mark King, will also be taking part in two of the University's 'Applying to Cambridge' sessions on 2 and 3 July.  You can hear Mark and his colleagues discuss Cambridge admissions at the following times:

  • 2 July: 13.15-14.00
  • 3 July: 09.30-10.15


Who we are

Founded in 1965 as a College for mature women, Lucy Cavendish has a 50 year tradition of admitting talented individuals from non-traditional and underrepresented backgrounds. Our Alumnae and Honorary Fellows include an Oscar Winning actress, award winning writers, politicians, the first female director of MI5 and an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Our mission has always been to provide opportunities for underrepresented students to study at Cambridge. Our new admissions policy, which will take effect from this autumn, updates this for the 21st Century.

Students of all genders can now apply to study here and we welcome both standard age and mature applicants. We offer all subjects available at Cambridge at both standard and affiliate entry. We accept students from all backgrounds.

Learn more about our History                               See the subjects you can study                                             Meet our Alumnae


What we stand for

Diversity, widening participation and social mobility are at the heart of our everything we do. We seek to make a positive change to the world in which we live.

As a former College for mature women, we understand that academic potential manifests itself in diverse ways. We have decades of experience of identifying academic potential in prospective applicants from non-traditional backgrounds and supporting these students to achieve their full potential once at the University.

Under our new admissions policy, people from every background will meet, mix and share ideas. We are particularly interested to identify and admit students who share our values and wish to make a positive contribution to society and to use their careers to tackle the problems the world faces.

We are a driving force for change - come and join our modern and forwarding thinking College. 

Our Admissions Policy

We are proud to take a bold stance on widening participation in admissions. From October 2020 we will accept applications from students of all genders and ages to study at the College, for admittance in October 2021. Uniquely among Cambridge Colleges, we aim to admit the majority of our students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds and to build a student community that is representative of wider UK society.

For academically outstanding students seeking an unrivaled education and a community that reflects modern society, Lucy Cavendish offers a unique environment in the heart of the historic university that all can truly call home.


Lucy in a few words

We are proud to be a different kind of Cambridge College: a modern, informal environment. We offer the experience of a world-class, global university on a human scale.

But don't just take our word for it, here is how one of our students, Kathleen Schwind, International Relations and Politics, describes her College.



Five reasons to choose Lucy Cavendish

There are many reasons to consider applying to our College, but here are five of the best.

Keep reading to find out more about what sets our College apart!


Student support and help with your future

Explore our College

'Home away from home' - Our accommodation

Life @ Lucy

Student Union

The Lucy Cavendish Student Union plays an important role in helping students make the most of their time in college.

Here’s our Green Officer Rosa to tell you more:

Find out about social life at Lucy                                                                                     See more of our facilities here


Interested in finding out more?

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) all our in-person admissions events have been cancelled for this academic year, however, our Admissions Team are still on hand, virtually, to answer any questions you may have. 

We are keen to hear from potential applicants interested in applying to Lucy Cavendish College, therefore if you are interested in speaking to our Admissions Team, why not book onto one of our ZOOM admissions sessions? Our admissions sessions are a chance for you to speak freely and openly with our friendly Admissions Team one on one.

You can also sign-up to our prospective applicant mailing list, which provides regular advice and guidance emails for students interested in applying to the University.

Book your place on a Zoom session                                                                   Sign-up to our prospective applicant mailing list

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