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Access & Outreach at Corpus

Meet our Admissions Team

We are dedicated to ensuring that all academically able students, regardless of school and background, should have the chance to make a competitive application to study here at the University of Cambridge. Our support ranges from providing information and guidance about the Cambridge admissions process (IAG) and subject taster classes through to summer schools and sustained super-curricular programmes. There's something for everyone!

Our Admissions Team has years of experience in designing and delivering programmes that can help students succesfully apply to universities like Cambridge. We understand that applying to Cambridge can be daunting but we are always willing to provide appropiate support to any student navigating the admissions process. We pride ourselves on understanding the potential obstacles that might stop a student from applying to Cambridge (or making a competitive application), and as such hope that our access and outreach programmes (listed below) can help students overcome them.     

Dr Jo Willmott - Tutor for Admissions

  • Responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate admissions to Corpus
  • Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics
  • Linguist, language learner and teacher (and singer!)

Naomi Walker-Pearl - Admissions Manager

  • Responsible for the organisation and administration of admissions to Corpus
  • Jointly delivers the College's access and outreach programmes and is one of the Pelican Programme subject leaders
  • Trained as an English teacher and taught in the state secondary sector previous to this role

James Davies-Warner - Access & Outreach Coordinator

  • Responsible for the design and delivery of access programmes and events
  • Visits schools across the UK giving talks on Cambridge and how to make a competitive application
  • Worked in education and Oxbridge application preparation for over 15 years. 
The Pelican Programme
  • Super-curricular discussion groups in Classics, English, History, Law, Modern & Medieval Languages, and Philosophy.
  • Groups meet online every fortnight for six months with a 'Pelican Day' residential to celebrate its successful completion in early July.
  • Focus on stretching and challenging students through structured debate and discussion over set pre-reading with a subject expert. 
  • Find out more
Medieval Worlds: Manuscripts, Texts, and Film
  • Small group problem solving sessions led by subject experts.
  • 17 month long programme, running from winter term of Y12 (Y13/S5) through to Y13 (Y14/S6) exams, 
  • Aimed at any student interested in a STEM degree at any unveristy, it's not just for students thinking of Cambridge.  
  • Find out more
Secret Subjects Taster Day
Subject Masterclasses
  • Incredibly popular series of online super-curricular talks covering 10 subjects each year.
  • Every masterclass includes two academic talks, an undergradute Q&A, and an admissions talk tailored to each specific subject. 
  • Previous years' talks are available to watch 
  • Find out more
Corpus Link Areas Summer School (CLASS)
  • Summer residential programme for c.100 students from schools in our Link Areas (Islington, Northern Ireland, West Berkshire). 
  • Combination of super-curricular activities and admissions sessions.
  • Incorporates the Belfast HE+ residential.
  • Find out more
Teacher Conferences
  • Series of four CPD online sessions for teachers, staff, and careers advisors involved in helping students prepare applications to Cambridge.
  • Held across the year and will be both online and in-person for 2024.
  • A chance to share best practice and ask the Corpus Admissions Team any questions.
  • Find out more
Corpus & Your School
  • James regularly tours the schools in the College's Link Areas (Islington, Northern Ireland, and West Berkshire) and if an in-person visit is not possible he is more than happy to organise online sessions. 
  • We have recently appointed an embedded Admissions & Outreach Coordinator in the North-East (in partnership with Jesus College) and as such will be looking to build new relationships with schools across the region.
  • If you have any questions or enquiries about talks, events, or supporting your school, please e-mail James or call him on +44 (0)1223 764005.
Visit Corpus
  • The best way to visit us is on one of our Open Days, where you can tour the College and meet current students and the Admissions Team. Our 2023 Open Days will be Thursday 6 July, Friday 7 July and Friday 15 September.
  • If you can't make one of these dates then prospective applicants are welcome to email the Admissions Team to arrange to visit the College at another time.
  • If you would like to arrange a school visit to Corpus and Cambridge please email James.