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Realise events for care leavers and children in care

At the University of Cambridge, we welcome applications from UK students who are or have previously been in care, and for care leavers currently studying here we are able to offer a wide range of support and guidance.

Young people who are in care and interested in applying to university are welcome to participate in the many events and activities we organise for students aged 11-18. In addition, the Realise project runs events throughout the year, specifically aimed at young people in care, to give individuals a chance to explore new topics and to consider the idea of university.

To be kept up to date about the events that we have planned for care leavers and children in care, please sign up to the Realise Newsletter. If you work for a Virtual School or a Local Authority and would like to find out about the ways that the Realise Team might be able to support the work you do, please get in touch.

Stargazing event

Friday, 16 February 2018 (5:00-9:00pm)

Hear all about the solar system from an astrophysicist, stargaze using ancient and modern telescopes (weather permitting) and explore what it might be like to be a student at university at this event in Cambridge for young people in care and their friends and supporters. Visitors will have a chance to have dinner in one of the Cambridge Colleges with some of our current students before going to the Institute of Astronomy once it gets dark to see the stars (weather permitting).

Transport costs will be covered by the University of Cambridge. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Realise Team.  

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Realise Science Festival Day

Saturday, 17 March 2018 (all day event)

If you are interested in science, technology, engineering, maths or just want to have a fun day out and learn something new, this event for young people in care and their friends and supporters could be for you. Visitors will be able to come to Cambridge to explore everything the Cambridge Science Festival has to offer with the support of a Student Ambassador to guide them around the city. Lunch will also be provided in one of the Cambridge Colleges.

Transport costs will be covered by the University of Cambridge. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Realise Team.  

Booking will open in the new year 2018


What students say about Realise

"I wanted to know whether I would fit in at university, and especially at Cambridge, so I decided to check it out."

"I didn’t used to like universities, but my social worker told me about this Realise programme, and I enjoyed it a lot."

"Talking to people who are here at the uni and hearing that I wouldn’t have to struggle with costs were the most important things for me. I’m thinking again about applying to uni now."

"I want as many of my looked-after children to access as many of the University of Cambridge Realise events as possible. I want them to know that they can access higher education and can have a university place if they want. Realise is about opening their eyes, raising their options and making it an expectation that university can be something for them." - Elle Zwandahl, Education Practitioner, Suffolk County Council.

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