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Meet our Schools Liaison Officer

My name is Rosie Costello, and I’m the Schools Liaison Officer at Gonville & Caius. My role here is to build and strengthen connections between the College and schools in our link areas, in order to encourage talented students from all backgrounds to consider Cambridge as an option for their university education.

I attended a state school in Newcastle, and never considered Cambridge as a possibility until I visited with my school in year 12. The visit proved many stereotypes to be untrue, and I found the University to be a very friendly and welcoming place. I then decided to apply, and was lucky enough to be offered a place to study English. I am very excited that I now have the chance to provide these same visits for others, and to ensure that students don’t rule themselves out from brilliant opportunities.

Within my role as Schools Liaison Officer, I therefore want to work hard to give students of absolutely all backgrounds a real sense of what Cambridge is looking for and what it can offer them. I am 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. Equally, I can host visits to the College itself – providing college tours, Q&A sessions with undergraduate students, delivering presentations and potentially arranging visits to University departments and museums.

My goal is to de-mystify the applications procedure and the world of Cambridge University in general, and to make sure students are informed about their options. There is no set ‘type’ of applicant that we are looking for; there is no need to have come from a certain social-economic or educational background nor does anyone have to fit into a certain ‘mould’. We are looking for people who are simply enthusiastic about learning, passionate about their course and who have the intellect and drive to succeed. Please do use the ‘Working with Schools’ pages on the website for further information, including finding out 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 eager to reach out to, and build links with, as many schools as possible within Caius’ link areas and am particularly keen to hear from schools who we may have never had contact with before, so please do get in touch!