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Magdalene College Residential 2022

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

The Magdalene Residential is a fantastic opportunity for students who would like to find out more about studying at university.

The Residential invites students to stay at Magdalene College for three days, and includes:

  • Academic sessions delivered by our leading academic, designed to expose attendees to new ideas and encourage them to think like a Cambridge student.
  • Admissions workshops to provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to make a competitive application.
  • The chance to explore Cambridge, its colleges and departments, and sample life as a student.

The programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools to make a competitive application to university.

Applicants should be interested in subjects related to Cambridge courses. The residential aims to give an overview of the subject range available to study at the University of Cambridge, and is a great opportunity to investigate a new subject that attendees may not have considered before.

How much does it cost?

The Magdalene residential is free to attend, barring travel costs. If you are concerned about funding travel expenses, then please contact

Am I eligible to apply?

The University of Cambridge is committed to widening participation to higher education. As part of this work, we would like to work with and support students who may have experienced either educational disadvantage or belong to a group that is statistically less likely to progress to higher education.

Applications are open to any state school student in Year 12 who either lives, or is studying at a school, in our Link Areas of Merseyside, North Wales, Ceredigion and the Isle of Man.

Students must be on track to achieve the grades required for entrance to the University of Cambridge. Note: entry requirements for Cambridge typically range between A*AA – A*A*A.

Applicants must also provide contact details for a teacher to supply an academic reference. We strongly recommend that you discuss applying with a teacher before submitting your application.

There are a maximum of 50 spaces available for this event. If oversubscribed by applicants who meet the essential criteria, we will prioritise applicants based on the following criteria. The criteria listed below are in order of priority:

  • Are in care or care-experienced
  • Are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible at any point in the last 6 years
  • Have experienced disruption in their education such as:
    • Medical/health issues (including mental health), particularly those that have resulted in long or extended periods of absence (over 8 weeks) from school in the last 6 years
    • Bereavement of a close family member (e.g. parent/carer) in the last 6 years
    • Being a young carer
    • Becoming a parent
    • Being an asylum seeker or refugee
    • Becoming estranged from close family members (e.g. parents/carers)
    • Moving schools two or more times in the last 6 years
    • Other (to be specified)
  • Attend a school with fewer than 3 students progressing to Oxford or Cambridge in the last 3 years
  • Would be the first in their immediate family to attend university
  • Are resident in areas with relatively low participation in higher education (using POLAR4) or in areas with less advantaged socioeconomic characteristics (using IMD)
  • Attend a school in one of Magdalene College’s Link Areas. Magdalene College’s Link Areas are: Ceredigion, Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

How do I apply?

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

The deadline for students to apply is 9am, 31 January 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

All applications must be accompanied by a teacher reference - you will be asked on the application form to provide the details of a supporting teacher who can complete a reference on your behalf. Once we have received your application, we will then contact your teacher to complete the reference for you. Sometimes this email ends up in spam (especially with school firewalls) so you should check they have received it. Teachers have until 9am, 7 February to complete the reference form. 

Successful applicants will be notified via email in spring 2022.

Applications for the residential (whether successful or not) will have no influence on the outcome of a future application to the University of Cambridge.

If you have any questions, then don’t hesitate contact the Academic Office at