Caius Explore

Welcome to Caius Explore!

Caius Explore 2022 is now closed. Caius Explore 2023 will launch in the spring. In the meantime, 2022's tasks will stay on the website for anyone interested.

In the below video our Tutor for Admissions and Outreach, Dr Chris Scott, introduces this new outreach programme aimed at helping students develop their super-curricular interests. Scroll down for more information, and the subject tasks!

Below you will find a selection of tasks and questions across fifteen different subjects. They are aimed at helping you to develop your academic interests beyond your school curriculum. Not only is developing your academic interests one of the best things you can be doing to make yourself as competitive as possible as an applicant to Cambridge, but we also think it's a very good thing to do for its own sake!

That is the spirit in which all of these explorations have been set: we hope that they will be genuinely engaging, that they will encourage and help you to explore your academic interests, and most of all that they will be enjoyable.

We would love to see what you come up with in response to one of the below tasks, if you would like to send it to us! If so, you can do that here, by 31st July 2022. We will pick our favourites and invite their authors to come to Caius to meet our Directors of Studies, students, have a tour, and more. There will also be other prizes which we hope will help you to continue your academic exploration journey.

Please note that we will only consider submissions from students currently studying at UK state schools or colleges. The explorations have been designed for students in year 12 (or equivalent), but you are welcome to take part if you are in a younger year and we are happy to consider any such submissions. Collaborative submissions will also be considered in groups of no more than four.

If you have any questions about the scheme or about specific explorations, please feel free to email schools@cai.cam.ac.uk.

Good luck and enjoy exploring!

The subjects

Below is a list of the explorations running this year. Click on the links to open a pdf document which will set you your task. Short descriptions of each exploration are provided below each link.

Unless specific directions on format/word limit are given in an individual task, there are no restrictions on the length or nature of your submission.

 

Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic

A task which asks you to think about the relationship between the past and present in early British literature. No prior familiarity with any early British texts is expected!

 

Archaeology

Describe how you might excavate a grave or burial, and explore what it can tell us about the people of the past!

 

Economics

Is human dignity a factor of production?

 

Engineering and Chemical Engineering

How should the UK go about increasing the energy efficiency of its homes?

 

English

To what extent does a sense of what an author intended matter to our study of literary texts?

 

History

Think about a particular word, thing, object or image from history, and write about it!

 

History of Art

Why does an object, building or artwork look the way it does?

 

Human, Social and Political Sciences

Are you ready for fieldwork? Study the social life of your family/friends in this exploration.

 

Law

You are a young officer working for the Criminal Prosecution Service in 2024, and your task is to work out what laws have been broken after a series of incidents...

 

Linguistics

How do words and phrases change in meaning or significance over time?

 

Medicine and Biological Natural Sciences

How is multi-cellular life achieved and sustained?

 

Modern and Medieval Languages

Write an essay about your response to a work of literature or visual art.

 

Physical Natural Sciences

How will quantum technology have changed our world by 2100?

 

Psychology

Does owning a dog improve health or wellbeing?

 

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

Can we be objective when arguing for the existence/non-existence of God or gods?

 

Whilst you browse the tasks, have a look at our video about the scheme and hear from some of 2021's participants: