It’s hard to believe that Churchill’s been running our outreach projects virtually for so long, but in March 2022 our Widening Participation Officer Sandy Mill was finally able to run our first in-person events in two years.

The first was a visit to Thomas Bennett Community College in Crawley, Sussex to talk to sixth formers about their university options, things to consider when choosing their target degrees and universities, and how to make their applications more competitive. Sandy then headed to the UCAS Fair in Brighton to answer questions and represent Cambridge to students from schools and colleges across Sussex.

Schools Liaison Officer Sandy Mill stands in a school hallway with a number of secondary school students sat on the floor looking at a projector screen

More recently, Sandy visited to Melbourn Village College in Cambridgeshire. A session for Year 9s focused on ‘Thinking about University’, introducing HE as a post-18 option. A Year 11 session focussed on ‘Thinking like a University Student’, in which students took on a group challenge to examine Cambridge-style questions in depth. Both were brilliantly received by the school and students.

Speaking of his return to in-person events, Sandy said “While we have worked extremely hard and had significant success in reaching students with our online interventions, it has been amazing to get back out on the road again and meet students face-to-face. Getting to see their reactions and engage on a more personal level is one of the most rewarding parts of the role, and it’s been a joy to be able to do it once again.”