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At the University of Cambridge, we welcome applications from students of the highest intellectual potential, irrespective of social, racial, religious and financial considerations.

Insight is an academic programme which aims to develop the students’ interests and tackle the barriers many students face when applying to university.

During the programme, the students will be able to explore academic subjects that may not be taught in school and talk to current academic staff and student ambassadors about their subject choices. The programme also aims to alleviate worries regarding topics such as the admissions process and student finance.

The programme consists of a number of compulsory events held in Cambridge designed to provide information about university and university life, as well as developing skills that will be helpful during further study. There are also a range of optional events and activities which students can attend based on their interests. The programme culminates with a 4-night residential held in the summer between Year 11 and 12. For further information please look at the leaflets attached to this page.

To be eligible for this programme your students must meet the following criteria:

  • Are currently in Year 9.
  • On track to achieve Level 7 in English, Maths and Science by the end of Key Stage 3.
  • Are currently receiving Free School Meals or have received them in the last six years.
  • Must be able to travel to and from Cambridge in a day.

The students currently on the programme are from a range of local authorities in London including:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Newham
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Southwark

If you're from a different area and interested in the programme please get in touch using the contact details provided to the right. We are particularly interested in schools that meet the following criteria.

  • non-selective maintained sector schools
  • above average eligibility for free school meals (FSM)

We are currently recruiting Year 9 students for this year. If you are a teacher and would like more information about nominating students for the programme in the future please contact the Insight Widening Participation Project Coordinator. If you are a student please contact a teacher in your school who will be able to get in touch.

Contact Insight

Insight Events Team
T 01223 765 728