Our BME conference went virtual this year to allow us to connect with Year 12 students from across our link areas and give them a taste of life at Cambridge and Caius. The students joined us on Zoom on Friday 10 July to hear about the application process, find out more about University, and meet current Caius students.
The day began with a welcome talk, which provided students with valuable information and tips to help them with their applications. This was followed by small group sessions where sixth-formers joined an interactive discussion with current students about the subject they were interested in applying for as well as answering past interview questions. Students then got to hear about a typical day in the life of a student before breaking for lunch. After lunch, we had some great talks from the University’s African Caribbean Society (ACS) and Pakistan Society (PakSoc), exciting sixth-formers with the breadth of opportunities on offer at Cambridge. The day concluded with a Q&A panel, which many of the sixth-formers noted was particularly useful and informative.
Christine Salami, our JCR BME Officer who helped organise the event, said, “Events like this BME Access Day are really important to show prospective BME students that there is a place for them here at Caius. Prospective students were able to directly learn more about what life is like studying in Cambridge, and were able to ask specific questions about the subjects they are interested in. In particular, I really enjoyed going through past interview questions with the students, as it gave them an opportunity to further explore their subject in a way that they may not yet have been exposed to, and they came up with some really creative answers!”
The feedback we have received from this event has been hugely positive. The students felt much more confident in making an application to the University after taking part in the event. Students noted a particular increase in confidence towards the interview element, with some increasing in confidence from 2/10 to 7/10.
We hope to see many of these students go on to apply for a place at Caius in the Autumn and we wish all applicants the best of luck.