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Meet our Schools Liaison Officer

A photo of Katy LewisHi, my name is Katy Lewis, and I’m the new Schools Liaison Officer at Gonville & Caius College. My role here is to help build relationships between the College and schools in our link areas (Norfolk, Hertfordshire and several London Boroughs). This helps to inform and encourage talented students from diverse backgrounds to consider Cambridge.

I attended a state school in York, and never properly considered Cambridge as an option until late on in year 12 when we were given an Oxbridge talk at school. This talk made me believe that I could do it, and that Cambridge would be okay for a person like me. I am looking forward to travelling to schools and enabling other people to have the information and opportunities that I was given.

Within my role as Schools Liaison Officer, I want to give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn more about Cambridge and the experience it can offer them. I can host visits to the College – providing college tours, Q&A sessions with undergraduate students, delivering presentations and arranging visits around the city to University departments and museums. Equally, I am also happy to visit schools to deliver talks, presentations or workshops on a variety of topics, including: applying to universities in general, the Cambridge application process, interviews, and student life.

My main goal is to increase the transparency of the applications procedure, and to make sure all students are fully informed about the range of options available to them. Cambridge applicants are highly diverse and come from a wide range of backgrounds; this means that there is no need to fit into a certain ‘mould’ to apply here. We are simply looking for people who are enthusiastic about learning, passionate about their course and who have the intellect, drive and determination to succeed and benefit from the education offered here.

Please use the ‘Working with Schools’ pages on the website for further information, including finding out further details about where our ‘Linked Areas’ are and for submitting requests for visits. For any more general queries please email schools@cai.cam.ac.uk.

I am keen to reach out to, and build links with, as many schools as possible within Caius’ link areas and am particularly eager to hear from schools who we have never had contact with before, so please do get in touch!