On Wednesday 23rd February a group of Y11 and Y12 maths students visited Fitzwilliam College where they were given a talk on the Cambridge and Oxford University application process (with emphasis on Cambridge), A tour of the college gave insights into student life, culminating with lunch in the refectory where a table was set aside with candelabras, silverware and linen…..for students who pay £10 to have a candlelit dinner! Next on the itinerary was a fascinating maths lecture on ‘Error Correction’ followed by a visit to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences with its interesting buildings and facilities. The Cambridge experience was enhanced with commentary by first and third year students, enabling us to ask questions.
On the historical side, whilst Fitzwilliam is a modern college, it is situated within the lovely gardens of The Grove, a regency house now part of the college and previous home of Emma Darwin, wife of naturalist Charles.
What the students had to say:
‘It was an interesting experience to look at the maths department at one of the top universities’
‘I learnt a lot and it was intriguing’
‘The lecture was interesting and helpful’
‘The lecture gave us a real experience of student life and the work they do – it was brilliant’