Six students in Year 12 at the VI Form Academy have travelled to Cambridge as part of a Nexus VI University experience visit.
The three day visit has so far included a tour of the Department of Chemistry by Dr Priyanka Joshi and a tour of Trinity College by Professor Imre Leader. Both Prof Leader and Dr Joshi have previously visited Nexus to deliver academic lectures and were both delighted to catch up with the Nexus students again. Prof Leader showed the students normally off-limits areas such as the renowned Wren Library and the Senior Combination Room which is normally reserved for Fellows of the college. Dr Joshi showed the students around undergraduate labs and the Department library as well as her own working laboratory in the Centre for Misfolding Diseases.
The students have also been shown around Downing College and Churchill College by admissions staff and have received a lecture on Computational Biology by a current student at Downing. They have also been given a tour of the Whittle Lab, the worlds foremost research facility into turbopropeller engineering.
Kat, who is interested in reading English at Cambridge met with Dr Wilson-Lee from Sidney Sussex College who explained about the course and gave her advice regarding applying to Cambridge.
Later today the students will visit the Whipple Museum – dedicated to the history of science and based in the old Cavendish Laboratories, home to 29 Nobel Prize winning discoveries including the structure of DNA.
The students have been staying in Downing College for their visit and have also had the chance to sample student life, from relaxing in the College cafe to eating in the Great Hall. This has been an amazing trip and many of the students are feeling much more likely to apply to Cambridge now. Jodie, who wants to apply for Natural Sciences said: “It’s totally different to what I expected! I can really see myself studying here!”