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Fri 23 Nov 2018
14:00 - 17:00

Venue: CCTL - Magdalene College, Seminar Room 5

Provided by: Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


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Admissions Selection Workshop: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Fri 23 Nov 2018


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 agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

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. Closer to the date of the session we will send you copies of the handouts by email, to be printed and taken with you to the session.

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: 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).
  • Please note that interviewers selecting for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences should attend one of these workshops for interviewers for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 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 and Veterinary Science; Physical Natural Sciences and Engineering; Mathematics; Computer Science; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Before the workshop, you are asked to study the online module
  • The module includes a link to 'Information for Admissions Interviewers for the Cambridge Colleges', and you are asked to read this document with care

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Fri 23 Nov 2018   14:00 - 17:00 14:00 - 17:00 CCTL - Magdalene College, Seminar Room 5 map Dr Kun-Chin Lin,  Steve Watts
  • 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 Fair Access (OFFA)
  • 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
  • If you would like to attend a workshop targeted at a group of subjects, but are not able to participate on the dates offered, additional sessions will be offered if there is adequate notice and sufficient demand
  • If you have difficulties completing your booking, please contact

One session of three hours

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