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Teachers and schools

We encourage applications from pupils whose schools have little or no experience of sending students to Cambridge, or who may be the first in their family to go on to higher education.

Jesus College is committed to widening participation in higher education, as set out in the University of Cambridge access and participation plan. As part of the University's area links scheme, we work with schools in Tyne and Wear, Brent, Ealing, Westminster, and Peterborough. We run a programme of outreach events throughout the year, which aim to raise aspirations, support prospective applicants and dispel myths about Cambridge. 

Pupils can attend our higher education information and guidance sessions throughout their time at school. Many also have the opportunity to visit the College (in person or virtually) and speak to current students about university life before they apply.

To find out more about our work with schools, please visit the links below, or contact our Schools Liaison Officer by calling +44 (0)1223 339460 or emailing access@jesus.cam.ac.uk. Teachers can also sign up to our mailing list to receive regular updates.

You can follow the Jesus College Student Union (JCSU) on instagram (@jesuscollegestudentunion) to find out more about life as an undergraduate student here at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Access Strategy Committee

Our access and outreach work is directed by our Access Strategy Committee (ASC), which includes our Admissions Tutors, outreach staff and the JCSU Access Officer. The committee meets every term to discuss three key questions:

  1. What should we be doing?
  2. How should we be doing it?
  3. How can we measure its success?

With the recent shift to remote working, we’ve been able to invite teachers from across our link areas to ASC meetings. They’ve provided valuable insight into which sessions pupils find most useful and how to best engage them, and we’re grateful for their contributions to our outreach strategy. Please get in touch (via access@jesus.cam.ac.uk) if you’d be interested in attending future ASC meetings.

Student ambassadors

Current students at Jesus College, some of whom attended outreach events before applying, can get involved in our work with schools by becoming student ambassadors. Ambassadors support the Schools Liaison Officer during outreach events, delivering presentations and Q&A sessions, and run the interview welcome desk every December.

Pupils can email ask-a-student@jesus.cam.ac.uk  to speak to our student ambassadors about applying to university and student life. Teachers can also get in touch, via access@jesus.cam.ac.uk, to arrange a virtual Q&A session.

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