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August 2018 UK Universities Open Days Round-Up

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This list is not fully comprehensive but is a list – by my own personal judgement – of open days that will be of interest to St Clare’s students. For more open days try or

Wednesday 15 August:

University of Glasgow

Friday 17 August:

Bishop Grosseteste University

Saturday 18 August:

University of Buckingham

Regent’s University London

New College of the Humanities

University of Cumbria

Sunday 19 August:

Keele University

Saturday 25 August:

University of Aberdeen

Tuesday 28 August:

University of Glasgow

Saturday 1 September:

University of Lancaster


University of Birmingham – Science and Engineering Events Summer 2018

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Girls do Science

Saturday 16th June, 14:00 – 16:00

Impact Hub, Birmingham

From the coordinators of Pint of Science, ‘Girls do Science’ is for 12-18 years old kids who are curious about science and research, promoting the idea that there have been and there are excellent women who do great science. We have invited 6 researchers from the University of Birmingham to talk to kids about their research and do some science activities with them.

Please find more details here:

Eyes for Sore Sites: a life of Geophysics
Professor Nigel Cassidy
Wednesday 20th June, 17:30 – 18:45
G31, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (Y3), University of Birmingham

In his Inaugural Lecture, Professor Nigel Cassidy will take you through his life as a geophysicist from his early career in contaminated land investigation through to his present day work on large-scale infrastructure projects. Nigel will highlight the often fortuitous journey of discovery and interest that led him to study some rather unusual aspects of our natural and man-made environment.

Professor Cassidy will explain what inspired him to become a geophysicist and how the tools he uses provide us with the ‘Eyes’ to see beneath the subsurface. Along the way, he will talk about canine behaviour, volcanoes and the weird soils of Widnes.

Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served at the drinks reception following the event. Alcoholic drinks will be only be served to those who are aged 18 or over.

If you wish to attend this event, please complete the online registration form. For further information, please contact:


Oxford Festival of the Arts 2018

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The Oxford Festival of the Arts is a fortnight of events across the city, running this year between Saturday 23rd June – Saturday 7th July 2018. Now in its tenth year, the Festival offers a broad programme of performances, workshops and talks across the fields of music, theatre, art, film and literature. We aim to celebrate Oxford’s diverse communities and offer something for everyone, whatever their age, background or artistic experience.

In 2017 the Festival featured over 100 events, attracted more than 23,000 visitors and involved more than 20 city venues.

The two weeks of the Festival are simply the pinnacle of Festival activities, our education and community engagement activities run throughout the year. In 2016-17 over 3,200 children from 45 county schools were involved in projects which had some form of showcase during the Festival.

Click here for a full programme of events.

Pitt Fest 2018: What do researchers do all day?

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Go behind-the-scenes and get up close with objects to find out about fascinating research taking place at Pitt Rivers Museum | Take part in hands-on activities to uncover unexpected research partnerships | Learn about cutting-edge conservation techniques. Activities for all ages, family friendly crafts.

This year our annual day-festival showcases the cutting-edge research taking place across the Museum through a series of interactive activities for all ages. Most activities are drop-in and free. You can book a free ticket for ‘Walrus Sails & Sausage Skins’, a unique chance to see a umiak sail up close, here:

Details will be posted on our Facebook event here.

Robinson College Cambridge Essay Competition – Summer 2018

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The Robinson College Essay Prize is open to all students currently in Year 12 (Lower Sixth, or equivalent) at a UK School. It is designed to give students the opportunity to develop and showcase their independent study and writing skills. By creating the opportunity for students to experience the type of work that they might be expected to do at Cambridge, we hope to encourage inquisitive and industrious students from all backgrounds to apply to the university – and hopefully to Robinson College.

We welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects. Entrants are invited to submit a response to any one of the questions below, which should be no longer than 2,000 words (including footnotes and captions).  The questions may be discussed with reference to any academic discipline or area of interest. All sources must be appropriately acknowledged and cited, and a bibliography (including websites consulted) should be attached, although this is excluded from the word count. Up to three entries may be submitted per school, so please discuss your application with your school prior to entry.

There are many angles from which to approach the questions and we encourage applicants to ‘think outside the box’ and answer through the lens of a field or subject that greatly interests you.  Good essays will present a clear and concise argument using specific examples, but beyond this there is scope to interrogate the questions in any way you please.

Three prizes will be awarded, each person receiving book tokens to the value of £100. Further essays will be commended for their high quality. Winning and highly commended entrants will be invited to the College for a prize-giving ceremony and celebratory lunch with fellows and Directors of Studies at the college.

The deadline for submission of essays is 5pm, Friday 17th August. All entries should be sent via the online submission form below where you will be asked to upload a pdf/ word document of your essay and your completed covering sheet. The covering sheet can be found below –  Please ensure that your school/ college representative completes the appropriate section. Entries will not be valid without this information.

Full rules, terms and conditions and the questions can be found here.

University of Cambridge Subject Masterclasses and Taster Days


Year 12 Subject Masterclasses
14 July

Our final set of Subject Masterclasses for this academic year are taking place in July. They are perfect for anyone interested in super-curricular exploration of a subject they are considering studying at university. Funded places and travel bursaries are available.

The subjects we have running are:
Politics and International Relations
Neuroscience (for students interested in the Natural Sciences course)

University taster afternoon: Year 10 and 11
14 July

This summer the University of Cambridge is running a University taster afternoon aimed at year 10 and 11 students, their parents/supporters and their teachers.

The programme includes:
•    An introduction to Cambridge and how to take the next steps to find out more about university study
•    Student Q&A panel
•    Taster session in arts or sciences

All students will have the opportunity to meet current undergraduates, admissions staff and postgraduate subject specialists. As well as attend a Q&A with current undergraduates, giving them an invaluable insight into studying at university.

Tickets cost £7.50, although funded places are available for some students.

EY Degree Apprenticeships in Digital Innovation

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Right now, the future is being written by people like you. Problem solvers. Creative thinkers. Tech lovers. Don’t let it pass you by.

Join us as an apprentice on the EY Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation and get in on the action. You’ll have the opportunity to work in one of our service lines; Assurance, Tax, People Advisory, Assurance or Consulting, helping organisations and EY find new uses for artificial intelligence and other exciting technologies.

You will be part of an exciting new growth area at EY and the types of work you can expect to become involved in include:

  • Data analysis & visualisation– Design and build data solutions to provide analysis on large data sets, providing insight to share with clients and EY specialist teams
  • Problem solving– Working collaboratively with EY/client teams to solve problems using a host of technologies and techniques focusing on the automation of processes
  • Gaining experience in designing and prototyping emerging technology solutions
  • Checking the accuracy of our clients financial statements, as well as helping clients deal with complex issues of fraud, regulatory compliance and business disputes

By working alongside experienced, supportive colleagues, you’ll learn skills on the job that will last you a lifetime. But that’s just the start – you’ll also study for your BSc degree. Depending on which area of our business you join, this training will be delivered either by the ADA National College of Digital Skills (BSc in Digital Innovation) or by QA Apprenticeships (BSc in Digital & Technology solutions).

To top it all off, you’ll start on a salary of up to £21,500, which will increase as you progress.

With roles in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Newcastle you can choose whether to explore a new city or stay close to home. Once you’ve applied to one of these locations, we’ll help you explore the different areas of our business – Assurance, Consulting, Tax, Transactions and People Advisory Services – enabling you to choose which service line interests you most.

What do we look for?

Above all, you’ll be passionate about technology. The job involves working in small teams to solve complex problems, so you’ll need to work well with others and be able to think critically.

You don’t need to have any prior experience or technical qualifications. If you can bring ambition, determination, energy and a hunger to learn, we’ll teach you the rest.

So why wait? Come as you are and show the world what you’ve got. You’re more ready than you think.


Eligible applicants still studying, must be completing 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications. If you are now working, you’ll have attained 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications.

Apply Now, Start September 2018

For any London based roles you will be considered for all service line opportunities. Once you’ve applied, we’ll help you explore the different areas of our business – enabling you to choose which service line interests you most. To be considered for regional Assurance based vacancies for this degree apprenticeship, apply now via the relevant location application link.


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