You’ll Fit In – Access Programme
Trinity Hall is offering this free programme to students in Year 12 who are considering applying to Cambridge University and who belong to one of the following ethnicity categories:
- Black or Black British – African
- Black or Black British – Caribbean
- Other Black background
- Mixed – White and Black African
- Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
- Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
- Asian or Asian British – Pakistani
- Asian or Asian British – Bangladeshi
- Mixed – White and Asian (to include Pakistani or Bangladeshi)
We would like to increase representation from these groups across the University, and therefore a central aim of the programme is to reassure potential applicants from these cultural backgrounds that, if they were to apply and obtain an offer, then they would not feel out of place socially while studying at Cambridge.
Those who sign up will be able to participate in online webinars that will offer advice about all aspects of the Cambridge Admissions Process. They will also have the opportunity to undertake a small super-curricular research project to develop their academic skills, and to chat to current undergraduates from the same cultural backgrounds. In addition, 20 of the participants will experience life as a Cambridge student by joining us for a two-day residential at Trinity Hall in April 2024.
Everyone who meets the criteria specified above is welcome to apply for the programme. It is possible to sign up either for the webinar series alone, or for both the webinar series and the residential. Since the number of people who can join us for the latter is limited to only 20 places, priority for the residential will be given to those participants who have particular contextual flags and who are domiciled in the UK. These are the contextual flags we will be considering:
- You have attended a maintained-sector school post-16
- You would be in the first generation in your family to attend university
- You have been in receipt of Free School Meals while at secondary school
- You are, or have been, in care, or are estranged from your family
- You attend a school or college with a low rate of progression to higher education
- You live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education (measured by POLAR4) and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation (measured by IMD)
The residential will take place on April 2-4, 2024, and it will be free for all attendees. The College will also cover all travel costs for those attendees who are or have been in care. The various practical sessions on those days will enable the participants to:
- Experience life in a Cambridge College
- Find out more about the pastoral and financial support available
- Visit Faculties and Departments
- Experience lectures and seminars
- Meet current undergraduates from similar cultural backgrounds
- Participate in Q&As with students from The African Caribbean Society and The Cambridge Islamic Society
- Present their super-curricular projects
The application deadline for the 2024 programme has already passed, but applications for 2025 will open in October 2024.
This programme has been made possible by generous funding from Isaac Newton Trust Widening Participation & Induction Fund.