Access and Outreach

The Admissions Team at Trinity Hall is committed to admitting academically able students from all backgrounds. We work with schools to provide up-to-date knowledge of the admissions process and to raise aspirations, particularly among individuals, families or schools with little experience of applications to the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, or to Higher Education in general.

Trinity Hall can host school/college trips to Cambridge or visit schools/colleges to deliver talks and sessions. We also coordinate or are involved in a number of outreach projects and programmes specifically targeted at improving the progression of people from under-represented backgrounds to top universities.

We are open to working with all UK schools and colleges; however, through the University of Cambridge’s Area Links Scheme, Trinity Hall places particular focus on outreach and schools liaison work with schools and colleges in the South West Local Authorities of:

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • North Somerset
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire

Are you a staff member at a school or college in one of these areas?

We are your formal first point-of-contact! However, the Area Links Scheme is not intended to be prescriptive and all Cambridge Colleges welcome contact from teachers and potential applicants across the UK, and beyond.

Please also note that there is no expectation or obligation for students to apply to their relevant Area Links College and participation in Area Links Scheme initiatives does not influence whether Colleges invite applicants for interview or offer them places.

If you would like to find out more about Access and Outreach, please contact Trinity Hall’s Schools Liaison Officer Helena Blair, at slo@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

Are you a student at a school or college in one of these areas, who is thinking about applying to university?

There is a lot of information and guidance on the Trinity Hall website, University of Cambridge website, and the websites of other universities to help you understand the process of applying to universities. You are welcome to contact us with any questions about applying.

We always recommend that you explore your interests widely before deciding what subject(s) you’ll study at university. Exploring your academic interests outside of your school lessons is often called ‘super-curricular activity’: this usually involves extra reading, but can also include listening to radio programmes, watching documentaries and online talks, doing independent research projects and academic competitions, and going to public lectures and museums. This isn’t a full list, and nor do you have to do everything – pick what sounds interesting to you!

To help students in Trinity Hall’s Area Links, we’ve teamed up with Downing College to create an interactive ‘#ExploreYourSubjectSummer’ Google Map that lists ‘super-curricular’ destinations ranging from observatories to Sites of Special Scientific Interest, all in the South-West region. If any of these suggestions sound interesting, see if you can visit!

Websites such as ‘Staircase 12’ and ‘HE+’ also help you from the comfort of your own home. University of Oxford’s ‘Staircase 12’ is a hub of ideas for super-curricular activity, and University of Cambridge’s ‘HE+’ is full of resources written for sixth-formers by Cambridge academics.

Universities value super-curricular activity as it demonstrates passion for a subject and capacity for independent study. You can discuss your super-curricular activity in your personal statement and possibly at your interview if you apply to Oxford or Cambridge.

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