On Monday 8 April, Lower Sixth Form prospective Oxbridge candidates enjoyed a visit to the University of Cambridge. The first part of the day was spent at Gonville and Caius College, where students enjoyed an informative talk about the university in general, as well as the college in particular. A tour included a visit to Professor Stephen Hawking’s office, one of the college’s many notable alumni and a Fellow for over 52 years. It was especially poignant to see his memorial stone, engraved with the words ‘Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet’, along with Hawking’s famous equation of the entropy of a black hole. Lunch in the dining hall was followed by an interactive workshop which focused on how to make a competitive application, including tackling typical interview questions — students then had the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with a recent graduate.
Leaving Gonville and Caius, we made our way to Trinity College, where OE Thomas Hood met us. Thomas led the students on a fascinating tour of this beautiful college, including a visit to The Chapel and the library, which is one of the largest in Cambridge, housing over 300,000 volumes and incorporating the historic Wren Library. Our tour ended with the opportunity to re-enact Newton’s speed of sound experiment in the famous colonnade. A truly inspirational day, standing on the shoulders of giants.