We’re committed to ensuring that all applicants have access to open and up-to-date information about making applications to the University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College and other higher education institutions.

We're always keen to work with schools, colleges, students and teachers to provide information and support for potential applicants, and have a number of programmes and projects which we currently run to this end.

Discover more about these opportunities below.

If you would like to be added to our Teacher Outreach Mailing List click here.

Area Links Scheme

As part of the University's Area Links Scheme Sidney works particularly (but not exclusively) with schools and colleges in the following regions:

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Staffordshire
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Bury
  • Oldham
  • Tameside
  • Warrington
  • Wigan
  • London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

We know that for many people and schools it might not be possible to attend an event in Cambridge, and our admissions staff therefore visit schools and colleges around the country, and these areas in particular, to deliver talks and workshops to students and teachers.

Please get in touch with our Schools Liaison Officer if you would like us to deliver any content for your students or staff.

Link Area Online Outreach Sessions

For the upcoming academic year, Sidney Sussex College will be offering our link schools a package of bookable online outreach sessions designed for students and teachers that can be delivered entirely remotely in a safe and flexible manner at no cost to the schools. These sessions have been put together following consultations with teachers in our partner schools and we hope that they meet the needs of you and your students.

What are they?

  • Live virtual sessions delivered by the Sidney Sussex SLO or the Admissions Director covering a range of topics linked to progression to university-level study and University of Cambridge admissions. 
  • Session content is focused on the needs of different year groups: aspiration-focused sessions for KS3 and KS4 students; KS5 sessions focused on attainment and Oxbridge application support. 
  • Teacher-focused sessions are also available, providing practical support and information so they can support students with Oxbridge applications and write effective student references. This can be for a single teacher or a larger group.
  • All sessions will be delivered as Zoom Meetings (on our own account) and are designed to fill an up-to 60-minute slot, with the section delivered by us lasting c.40 minutes and the remainder of the slot being used for group work linked to the session content (also provided by us). Timings can be arranged and adapted to suit your school timetable and minimise disruption for your students.
  • Schools will be able to book sessions and time-slots in advance, with Zoom links then being sent to the teacher running the session on site. 
  • Schools can book multiple sessions for the same group of students if they want to dovetail the linked sessions over the course of the year.
  • All sessions are provided at no cost to the school as part of the outreach work done by Sidney Sussex College and the University of Cambridge

For bookings or enquiries please contact our Schools Liaison Officer

West Midlands Collaborative Outreach

We are excited to announce the launch of West Midlands Webinars, a new series of online sessions run by Cambridge and Oxford Colleges for Year 12 students at state schools or sixth form colleges in the West Midlands.

The webinars are suited for anyone who hopes to apply to competitive universities: if you’re a high-achieving student (aiming to get above AAA at A Level), intellectually curious and ambitious, these webinars will be a great start for your university journey.

To attend these sessions, you will need to complete the application form here.

  • Please note, if you would like to attend Webinar 1, you will need to complete this form by Monday 19 October.

If you are offered a place on the programme, you will be emailed ahead of each session with further information and a registration link. These webinars will take place after school (all final times/dates will be confirmed once you have been offered a place). You are not obliged to attend all sessions.


Webinar 1: Introduction to Oxford and Cambridge: Newnham and Oriel Colleges

                                          21 October 2020, 5-6pm


Webinar 2: Applying to Oxford or Cambridge: Sidney Sussex and Keble Colleges

                                          5 November 2020, 5-6pm


Webinar 3: Study Skills and Supercurriculars: Girton and St John’s Colleges

                                          30 November 2020, 5-6pm


Webinar 4: Q&A with current Oxford and Cambridge students

                                          2 December 2020, 5-6pm



To apply for this programme, you must be attending a state school or sixth form college in the West Midlands.

We would like to support as many students as possible through the programme. However, if it is oversubscribed, we will prioritise students who match one or more of the following criteria:

Have lived, or are currently living, in local authority care; Are eligible, or have been eligible within the past six years, for free school meals; Are a refugee; Have caring responsibilities for a family member; Live in neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education; Have no parental history of higher education; Have a disability.

What is a webinar?

These sessions will be run using Zoom webinar software. When you register to attend a webinar-style session, you will then be sent a Zoom link which will allow you to join the event. Your camera/microphone will not be enabled, and you will only be able to communicate with the hosts/panelists running the session by typing out questions or comments.

Any questions?

Please direct any queries to our Schools Liaison Officer


Open Days and Taster Days 

School groups and individual students are welcome to come and visit us in Sidney at one of our Open Days or Taster DaysMany of these events have subject-specific content and are a great way to find out more about what it's like living and studying at Sidney Sussex College.

LPN Summer School

Each year Sidney Sussex works in collaboration with Christ's and Murray Edwards Colleges to run a summer school in August for Year 11 students who live in areas of low participation to higher education (we've abbreviated 'low participation neighbourhood' to 'LPN', in case you're confused!). 

Find more information and the application form on our LPN webpage.

HE+ Project

HE+ is a collaborative project between the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Colleges, working together with groups of state schools and colleges in 18 regions of the UK.

The HE+ project is unique in that it encourages schools and colleges to collaborate to form regional consortia and to engage their highest-attaining students in a sustained year-long programme that is designed to encourage and prepare these students to make competitive applications to top universities, including the University of Cambridge.

Sidney Sussex College is responsible for working with the HE+ hubs in Stoke and Wigan & Warrington, organising a number of events with these groups during the school year, as well as an annual residential for each.

The HE+ website has free resources and material produced by Cambridge academics, including guided activities and suggestions for further reading. This material is available to everyone, regardless of whether they're part of HE+ or not, and is a great place to start if students are looking to go beyond the syllabus!

Beyond the syllabus

Want to find out more about what a subject is like outside of the classroom? We can help with that!

We have collated information and resources from a wide variety of different media on every subject offered at Cambridge.

Prospective applicants, and teachers supporting these students, can find these resources on our Beyond the syllabus page, for use in super-curricular studying, or for extension classes in school! 

Contact our Schools Liaison Officer to ask about visits to schools and to add your school to our mailing list so that we can let you know when bookings open for our events. We are also happy to arrange for school groups to visit Sidney Sussex at most points during the year, barring the exam period in late April - June.