Widening participation & outreach
We recognise that there are barriers which deter students from applying to the University of Cambridge, and we believe that outreach and the provision of accurate information is essential to challenging this. At Girton, our Admissions team works to ensure that all prospective applicants, supporters and schools have access to the information they need to make an informed decision about applying to Cambridge.
We welcome visit requests and contact from all schools, and are happy to provide support where we are able.
Please see below for further information on the outreach and widening participation events and schemes we run at Girton.
Cambridge Foundation Year
Girton is one of the first colleges participating in the Cambridge Foundation Year - a free and fully-funded one-year residential course designed to offer a stepping stone to Cambridge for those who have experienced educational disadvantage. Further information can be found on our Cambridge Foundation Year webpage.
Support during the Coronavirus Pandemic
To keep students and staff safe, we are postponing all in-person school events until May 2021. In the meantime, we encourage schools to get in touch to request virtual talks and resources for their students. We are able to offer sessions with students from Year 10 - Year 13, focussed around raising aspirations, study skills and applying to University.
Area links scheme
We maintain particularly strong relationships with schools in our College Link Areas (Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton and the London Borough of Camden) and offer visits to schools and visits to Girton. The link areas for all Cambridge colleges can be viewed here.
Year 10 & 11 visits to Girton
Visits to Girton for students in years 10 and 11 focus on raising aspirations and building familiarity with the University of Cambridge.
Year 12 visits to Girton
Year 12 visits to Girton focus more closely on preparing students to make applications to highly competitive universities including Cambridge.
School visits & roadshows
We offer ad hoc visits to schools, which include a range of workshops and assemblies to fit schools’ needs. Our West Midlands schools Roadshows are fantastic opportunities for us to visit multiple schools and talk to students about applying to Higher Education.
Camden HE Scheme
A programme of support for our Camden schools including a Subject Masterclass day at Girton, personal statement and interview workshops, and information and guidance on applying to top universities.
Pathways to HE
Pathways to HE is a longitudinal outreach scheme that works with 13 link schools in the West Midlands and Cambridge. We engage with students from Year 7 to Year 13 through a model of sustained engagement. The overall aim of Pathways to HE is to raise the aspirations of students, and to provide support to those who are interested in accessing highly selective Higher Education institutions.
Subject Taster Days
We hold a range of Subject taster days for years 10 and 11 throughout the year which provide students a glimpse of what it's like to study at Cambridge. Our taster day subjects include Modern and Medieval Languages and Literature, Geography, Theology and Religious Studies and the Arts and Humanities.
Humanities Writing Competition
Girton’s Humanities Writing Competition is for students in Year 12 (or equivalent) who have an interest in the Humanities. Students submit an essay based on one or more objects selected from the College’s small antiquities museum, the Lawrence Room.
The competition is an opportunity for research and writing beyond the curriculum using one or more of the six objects as your focus. We accept essays or creative responses (such as dramatic monologues or short stories). Up to date information regarding our Humanities writing competition can be found in Upcoming outreach events and opportunities, or on our social media platforms.