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Future scientists inspired by visit to Cambridge

Students from schools around the country have been to St John's College today to experience student life and learn about studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge

A-level students from schools and colleges around the country visited Cambridge today to experience student life and learn about studying Biology and Physics at university.

The visit, organised by St John’s in conjunction with other Cambridge Colleges, is intended to encourage young people from all backgrounds to consider Cambridge when they make their Higher Education choices.

During their stay, the students got to experience what it is like to live and study in a Cambridge College. They heard talks about the Natural Sciences course at Cambridge as well as how to apply and what financial support the University can offer to students. They also learned about the many social and extra-curricular activities students at Cambridge can get involved in, and even had the chance to stay overnight in College rooms. The group also got to quiz current St John’s students about living and studying in Cambridge.

Megan Openshaw, a student from Thornleigh Salesian Sixth Form College in Bolton, described her visit to St John’s as “amazing”. She found out about the educational events run by the College through her school librarian and decided to come along for the experience. Megan said:

“I’ve seen Cambridge on TV and knew that it was historic and beautiful, but I didn’t think it was somewhere I could go to. It always felt out of reach, and I thought it was just for posh people. Coming to St John’s has shattered those stereotypes completely.”

“One of the students I spoke to actually comes from the next town to me, so it was nice to see that someone from my area can go to Cambridge and do really well. After learning more about the University, I think I could be in with a chance and will definitely consider applying to Cambridge to study either Biology or English.”

For more information about applying to St John’s, please see or contact the Access Officer, Megan Goldman-Roberts on

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