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Discover life and study at St John's at our Virtual Open Days

Get a real taste of what it’s like to be a first year student living and studying at our beautiful College

Are you in Year 12 and thinking about applying to Cambridge? Join us for our Virtual Open Days this Thursday 2 July and Friday 3 July!

Although the Cambridge Open Days have been cancelled so sadly you can’t visit us in person, you can still get a real taste of what it’s like to be a first year student living and studying at our beautiful College by joining us for our fun and informative virtual events.

From 10am on Thursday 2 July our Virtual Open Days launch on our College website where you’ll find fascinating fresh content and videos covering student life, discussions with Directors of Studies and presentations on Cambridge, super-curricular activities to explore your subject and how to make competitive applications.

Dr Victoria Harvey
Dr Victoria Harvey, our Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions, will be hosting a live Q&A with Directors of Studies on our Facebook page.

Over on our Facebook page in the afternoon, we’ll also be hosting two live events where you can hear first-hand from some of our brilliant academics and students:

• From 3-4pm we have a Q&A with Dr Victoria Harvey, our Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions, and some of our excellent Directors of Studies: Miss Sylvana Tomaselli (History, and Human, Social and Political Sciences – HSPS), Dr Jodi Gardner (Law), Dr Matthias Dörrzapf (Mathematics), Dr Georgina Evans (Modern and Medieval Languages), Dr Paul  Wood (Natural Sciences, Physical) and Dr Neil Arnold (Geography).

• From 4-5pm we’ll have a Q&A with four current undergraduate students: Felix (first year, HSPS) and Anna (second year, Medicine) as well as Tim (second year, History and Politics) and Candela (second year, Engineering), who are co-presidents of the JCR – our undergraduate council.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about courses, living accommodation, facilities, sports and social events and other aspects of our vibrant and welcoming community: submit your questions ahead or during the Q&A sessions.

JCR Tim and Candela
Our JCR co-presidents Candela and Tim will also be on hand to answer your questions along with two more undergraduate students.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend our live sessions, recordings will be available on our Facebook page and on the Virtual Open Days section of our website after the event.

Please note that if you're unable to watch the Q&A live, you can still pre-submit questions and watch the responses later!

At 10am on Friday 3 July join us for the launch of our exciting St John’s Poster Competition on our Facebook page. 

Open to Year 12 state school students, the competition involves digitally submitting a poster created around a small research project on a topic that interests you, alongside a three-minute video presenting your ideas.

Entries must be in by 7 August 2020 and they will be judged by St John’s academics. Each winner in the categories of Best Poster, Best Presentation, Best Research and Best Overall will receive a book token.

Gaia Lambert, St John’s College Schools Liaison and Access Officer, said: “The theme of the competition is ‘Green’ and we’d like students to be as creative as possible in their interpretation of this!”

This Open Day event will include video presentations from PhD students at St John’s exploring what an academic poster is, how to make one and how to research online, along with full details of the requirements and prizes on the day.

Admissions clinics are being launched in the coming months for prospective students: the next session with places available takes place on 22 July, so keep an eye on our Virtual Open Days page to find out how to sign up.

Link area virtual events

St John’s is holding virtual events for students in our link areas and bookings should be made through your school. If you would like to participate but haven’t heard about these from your teacher, please email

We look forward to greeting you at our Virtual Open Days!

Published: 30/06/2020

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