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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 (see right).

This programme is for highly able students who are currently in Year 9 and studying at a state school in a London Borough. Priority will be given to students who:  

  • Are currently receiving Free School meals or have received them in the last six years
  • Have been in Local Authority Care
  • Come from an area where few people go to university

All students on the programme must be able to travel independently to Stratford (East London) to catch the coach to Cambridge for the events. The students currently on the programme are from a range of different local authorities in London including:

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

If you are in Year 9 and attend a state school in another London Borough then you are welcome to apply for a place on the programme, as long as you are able to travel to Stratford (East London) independently.

Applications for Year 9 students wishing to join the programme in 2016-17 have now closed. If you are a student and would like to be involved with the programme in the future, please check back here next academic year. If you are a teacher and would like more information about the programme, please contact the Insight Widening Participation Project Coordinator.

Contact Insight

Insight Events Team
T 01223 766 872