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Admissions Selection Workshop: Art, Humanities and Social Sciences (Online Workshop)


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. What is appropriate will vary, depending on whether you are an experienced interviewer (who might be new to the online format, or just wanting a refresher) or someone new to admissions interviewing in Cambridge.

Experienced interviewers should study the refresher information in the 'Experienced Interviewers' section of the online Moodle course, although are welcome to sign-up for a workshop if additional training would be beneficial.

New interviewers should sign up to a workshop in their subject or a related discipline. Before attending the workshop, please study the online module. This module provides an overview of Cambridge's undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions.

These workshops for new interviewers cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s Access and Participation Plan agreed with the Office for Students (OfS).

The workshop will focus on mock interviews, with first-year undergraduates in related disciplines, and on discussion with an Admissions Tutor. We have asked all volunteer interviewees to consent to our circulating their application papers to participants in advance of the workshop, so that you may consider possible approaches to interviewing mock applicants.

Target audience
  • Those with responsibility for conducting admissions interviews
  • Those with any responsibility for admissions selection
  • This workshop is for the following subject groups: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic; Architecture; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Economics; Education; English; Geography; History; History of Art; Human, Social and Political Sciences; Land Economy; Law; Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy; Theology and Religious Studies).
  • Interviewers for language-based subjects (Modern and Medieval Languages, Linguistics, Classics, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) may wish to attend the workshop targeted particularly at interviewers in these subjects
  • Interviewers for language-based subjects who are not able to attend on this date may choose to attend other workshops for interviewers in Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects
  • Workshops will be scheduled as follows: Biological Natural Sciences; Medicine; Veterinary Medicine; Physical Natural Sciences, Engineering; Mathematics; Computer Science; Languages; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Sciences (for those unable to make a specialist session).

Completion of Pre-Workshop Online Materials

  • Further information, link to the Moodle site, and Zoom invite will be contained in the Booking Confirmation email.
  • The module includes a link to 'Information for Admissions Interviewers for the Cambridge Colleges', and you are asked to read this document with care

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom, so please ensure you have access.

  • to be aware of ways of addressing challenges associated with interviews for admissions purposes, in order to make them more consistent and effective
  • to understand how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Students (OfS)
  • to understand the equal opportunities and widening participation issues connected to the admissions process
  • to identify ways of personally enhancing the quality of interviews
Further information
  • Workshops have been targeted at interviewers in particular groups of subjects
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One session of 2 hours

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