Outreach and access

Attracting the bestPhoto

St John's has a long-standing record of attracting the very best students, irrespective of their economic and social background. The College's commitment to access and outreach has seen the appointment of St John’s first School Liaison Officer in 2009, Chris Cotton. Last year we welcomed Carly Walsh to the new role of Access Officer. 

The strategy for widening access and promoting Higher Education includes a variety of schemes and initiatives in and out of College, as well as working in conjunction with community-based developments and charities. The recent relocation of the Admissions Office to the Divinity School has opened up opportunities for event organisation, careers talks, summer schools and symposia for pupils and teachers. Prospective students are offered an introduction to Cambridge, followed by a tour of College with a current student. Shadowing and mentoring programmes and school visits across the country all help promote awareness of the University’s standing as a financially viable and conceivable option for any capable student.

'Tuition fee rises have had a big impact on how young people view their options, so it is important that in this time of change, prospective students from all backgrounds are well motivated and informed about the choices before them.' - School Liaison Officer, 2012

Over 100 contacts have been made since January 2010 within the College Area Link Scheme, reaching schools as far as Cumbria. Over double that amount of school visits and events have been hosted at St John’s, for national and international students alike.

'The School Liaison Officer is able to harness the huge enthusiasm there is amongst students to widen participation and show off what John's has to offer to people from any background you can imagine. Access schemes work to broaden the perspective not only of visitors, but of Johnians themselves.' - Fergus Hamilton, Access Officer for the JCR, 2012

Major new initiatives include a study day for Year 12 students involving a series of subject-specific talks from academics, as well as skills-based workshops and a support day for offer holders in Engineering. For more information on outreach and access, to arrange school visits or for any other queries, please click here to go to the official Schools page.

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