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Wed 18 Nov 2020
14:00 - 15:30

Venue: Online

Provided by: Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


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Admissions Selection Workshop: Physical Natural Sciences (Online)

Wed 18 Nov 2020


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops 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.

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.

Target audience
  • Those with responsibility for conducting admissions interviews
  • Those with any responsibility for admissions selection
  • This workshop is for the following subject groups: Physical Natural Sciences
  • Workshops will be scheduled as follows: Biological Natural Sciences; Medicine; Veterinary Medicine; Physical Natural Sciences, Engineering; Mathematics; Computer Science; Law; Languages; PBS; History and related courses; English; Geography; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Sciences (for those unable to make a specialist session).

Completion of Pre-Workshop Online Materials

  • Before the workshop, you are asked to study the online module on Moodle and Essential Notes 2020
  • 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.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Wed 18 Nov 2020   14:00 - 15:30 14:00 - 15:30 Online Michael Sutherland,  Julia Riley
  • 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 90 minutes

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