Selwyn College, Homerton College and Pembroke College are excited to announce a new Easter Residential open to S4 students currently attending a Scottish school

The Residential will take place on Mon 9th April – Fri 13th April. This Residential is free to attend and students will stay for 4 nights at either Selwyn College or Homerton College, where accommodation and all meals will be provided for the duration of their stay. Travel will also be organised and paid for by the Colleges, ensuring that all successful applicants can attend.

Poster: Cambridge University – Scotland Easter Residential Poster


The aims of this Residential are:

  • To provide participants with an insight into student life at a highly selective university
  • To offer participants opportunities to try out a range of different subjects and experience university-style teaching
  • To meet other students from Scotland and participate in social events to make new friends (just like students at university!)
  • To provide information and guidance on future choices such as Highers/Advanced Higher (or equivalent) subject choices

What happens on the Easter Residential?

Students will choose whether to attend the Arts/Humanities stream or the Sciences stream (split further into Biological and Physical Sciences). They will experience a variety of different lectures, seminars and practical sessions designed to give an insight into what it is like to study at Cambridge and other top universities. All academic sessions will be delivered by Cambridge academics, lecturers and staff, so students can expect to be challenged and pushed to reach their potential.


How to Apply

There are 80 places available for this Residential (40 in each stream) and we anticipate a high level of competition for spaces. 

Applicants may wish to prepare answers to the following questions in a word editor before submitting:

  • Why do you want to come on this Easter Residential? (max: 200 words)
  • What makes you a good candidate for this Easter Residential? (max: 200 words)

Applicants will also be asked to provide a teacher reference as part of the application. A separate email to a teacher contact will be sent after submitting an application explaining how to send in a teacher reference. Please note applications are not valid without a teacher reference.

Applications must be completed online:

http://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6ApgV0QBk1Cp2aF

The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd February. Applicants should expect to hear back regarding the outcome of their application after this date.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria

We will be looking for students with high academic potential, but understand that different students will be presenting with different prior qualifications. We will therefore be assessing applications on an individual basis. 

Beyond the academic selection, priority will be given to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have no parental history of attending higher education
  • Live in neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • Have lived, or are currently living, in local authority care
  • Have been eligible for free school meals within the past five years
  • Are from a group or community currently underrepresented at Cambridge
  • Have caring responsibilities for a family member
  • Have a disability 

For any queries, please contact Michelle Tang: schools-liaison@sel.cam.ac.uk