Teachers and Advisers

Teacher standing by whiteboard

Teachers are the frontline of identifying potential in their students and informing and inspiring them to apply to the University of Cambridge. We aim to support teachers in these efforts by providing them with up-to-date information about the University, College and application process; providing them with opportunities to visit Trinity Hall; and, in turn, by visiting students at school or college armed with talks and workshops designed to help them succeed in the chosen path within Higher Education.

Marcus Tomalin, Director of Admissions

“Teachers are a crucial source of support for the majority of people who are thinking of applying to Cambridge. By offering regular advice and guidance, they help their students cope with the various stages of the Admissions process. Whether it is by simply making sure that crucial deadlines are not missed, or by helping applicants prepare for the Admissions assessments, teachers are usually involved in various ways, encouraging and inspiring successive generations of students. At Trinity Hall, we are acutely aware of the important role that teachers play in this process, and therefore we are always keen to work closely with them to make sure they are as well informed as possible about all aspects of Admissions at Cambridge.”

– Dr Marcus Tomalin, Trinity Hall’s Director of Admissions


What do you need to know?

The thought of supporting students through the Cambridge admissions process can feel overwhelming. There are a few things you can do to get started:

  • If you are a teacher at a school in one of our link areas – Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset, and South Gloucestershire – you can sign up to the Trinity Hall Admissions team mailing list for teachers, to keep abreast of our latest advice and events designed to support you and your students from Year 8 through to Year 13.
    If you teach at a school outside these areas, visit the Link Areas website to find the college working with your area.
  • Explore the How to Apply section on this website to get to grips with the different elements of the application process at your own pace.
  • If you are advising a student who has had any difficulties with health or education, you may like to read about how you can let the College know about any extenuating circumstances that may have affected their exam grades.
  • Make note of the information provided on the wider University undergraduate admissions website, which has a brilliant section specifically for teachers and advisers and some advice on how to write a reference. There is even a Guide for Teachers and Advisers booklet that contains lots of information about the University and application process.
  • If you have specific questions, feel free to email the Trinity Hall Access & Recruitment Officer.