Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:49

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Royal Society Partnership Grant for ICE biologist

Dr Ed Turner, Academic Director for Biological Sciences at ICE, has recently been involved as Scientific Partner in a winning Royal Society Partnership Grant with the Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School in Canterbury. The project ‘Can biodiversity make us happy?’ will foster collaboration between Cambridge and the school, to increase the school students' understanding of biodiversity and the well-being benefits of the natural world.

As well as visiting the University’s Institute of Continuing Education to receive training in biodiversity monitoring in the Madingley Hall grounds, students will also be encouraged to actively monitor biodiversity in the school’s newly-designed wildlife area.

"This project will really inspire our students and will give them a chance to design their own methods for monitoring biodiversity and well-being," says lead teacher on the project, Mrs Samantha Goodfellow. "These are difficult concepts even for experienced researchers and will allow our students to develop their scientific skills in key areas including using keys, books and technology (apps) to identify species. They will also be encouraged to use equipment to measure blood pressure and pulse and they will work to design their own questionnaires and interpret written and verbal communication. We will be encouraging other students from junior and secondary schools to actively engage in the project."

Ed Turner says: "This is an exciting project, which I am very keen to be involved with. As a research biologist studying the impacts of environmental change on the natural world, it is clear that we are experiencing rapid rates of species loss worldwide. Although this is driven by a range of anthropogenic changes, among the most insidious underlying factors exacerbating these losses is people’s increasing disconnection with the natural world, meaning that extinctions may go unnoticed and unchallenged. This project embodies an approach to addressing this issue by explicitly engaging young people in the natural world through an inspiring research and conservation project."

The project begins in March 2015 and runs for seven months.


Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

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2015 International Summer Schools

Applications are now open for the University of Cambridge International Summer Schools which will run in Cambridge from 5 July to 15 August 2015. Our programmes give you the opportunity to meet award-winning lecturers, stay and dine in one of the historic Cambridge Colleges and enjoy a range of weekend excursions and social activities.

Our programmes

Specialist Summer Schools are available in:
Ancient and Classical Worlds
Creative Writing
Medieval Studies

We also offer an Interdisciplinary Summer School where you can select courses from a wide range of topics including international politics, philosophy, archaeology, history of art, history of science, literature, international development and film.

About our programmes

Programmes are delivered at university level and geared towards an adult audience of undergraduate and graduate students, professionals and retired people. All are taught by leading Cambridge scholars and guest subject specialists, dedicated to making their courses both academically rigorous and immensely enjoyable. Programmes combine classroom sessions, subject-specific morning lectures and general-interest evening talks. 

Find out more

Browse our programmes online
Download a copy of our brochure
Request a copy of our brochure or
Call us on +44 (0) 1223 760850

What our students say

“The entire experience was even better than I expected, and I expected a lot. I absolutely loved it and walked away expanded in mind and spirit. I can't thank you enough.” Sally Osbon, USA (Literature)

“I believe that the Science International Summer School was a fulfilling experience. The programmes extended the scope of the subjects I have taken at my home institution and my previous knowledge enabled me to fully understand the presented problems. Also, the international character of the Summer School allowed for the exchange of the different ways of thinking in tackling scientific problems. I think that everyone should attend this Summer School at least once in a lifetime.” Dominika Gnatek, Poland (Science)

“May I thank you for organising that rather wonderful experience, the University of Cambridge Creative Writing Summer School. The stay was an extremely hyperactive two weeks, of very hard work and long hours, of academic challenges, aesthetic indulgences, historical awakenings, and architectural dreams fulfilled. Not only was our two weeks exactly what we wanted, but more. In essence, it was the huge inspiration we require, to continue with our Creative Writing ambitions.” John Redvers Rooney, United Kingdom (Creative Writing)

“My expectation of the summer school was high. Nonetheless, I had not conceived that I would have such a wonderful week, filled with learning, new experiences, inspirational tutors and fascinating colleagues, all of which combined to make my first experience of the summer school one of the most memorable events I could have wished for. I have begun saving for 2015.” David Killip, Isle of Man (Medieval Studies)

For more information visit



Monday, 15 December 2014 10:47

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New short courses for 2015

Our new short courses for the period January to December 2015 are now available for booking. These will take place at Madingley Hall and include weekend residential courses, weekly courses (the Madingley Weekly Programme) which are non-residential and take place over five weekly sessions, and a new series of day schools.

To find out what's on offer, you can either:

How to book your place on a short course

You can book your place in one of three ways:

Book online – simply find the course you wish to study and follow the link to 'Book online now'.

Book by postdownload an application form (PDF, 142 KB) or use the detachable form in the printed brochure.

Book by phone – call our Admissions team on +44 (0)1223 746262.

About our short courses

Our short courses are taught in small, informal groups by academics who are expert not only in their subjects but also in teaching students of all ages and experience.

Nearly all take place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century manor house three miles to the west of Cambridge with state-of-the-art tuition and study facilities. The Hall is easily accessible by road with ample free parking, and is situated in seven acres of landscaped gardens.

Weekend courses run from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, and include meals from our award-winning kitchen. You can choose to stay at the Hall in comfortable, en-suite accommodation for the duration of your course, or attend as a non-resident.

Weekly courses typically last for five weeks, with one two-hour session every week. All are supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), allowing you to download course material, contact your tutor and talk to fellow students via the web at a time and place that’s convenient to you.

Day schools are designed to provide an insight into the various academic disciplines taught at Madingley Hall. If you’re thinking of applying for a Certificate course, or are simply interested in exploring a new subject area, then a day school could be for you.

What our students say

"The quality of teaching and supporting materials has exceeded my hopes. The teaching has been flexible and responsive to the interests of the group, but always with the prepared lecture in sight. I've completely enjoyed every aspect of my first experience at Madingley" (2014 weekend student)

"I feel very much better informed and will review my materials over time. I loved the sharing with others and the incidental information, tips and practical advice as well." (2014 weekend student)

"The menus have been varied, well-presented and beautifully prepared. Study bedrooms are clean and well-maintained in a beautiful setting." (2014 weekend student)

"The course has been extremely enjoyable. Activities enabled us to bond as a group and created an excellent learning environment." (2014 weekend student)

"I think that I can now start writing in earnest.” (2013 weekly student)

"Excellent, interactive teaching style, tutor willing to listen to comments constructively ... I have gained interest and information and a feeling of being back in the academic world. I go home feeling very upbeat." (2013 weekly student)

Browse the courses online and book your place »


Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:40

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Rotation effects on wall-bounded flows - some laboratory experiments

Book chapter by Dr Rebecca Lingwood with P Henrik Alfredsson, in Modeling Atmospheric and Oceanic Flows: Insights From Laboratory Experiments and Numerical Simulations, edited by Thomas von Larcher and Paul D Williams, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Book Series, Wiley, 85pp., hardback, ISBN: 978-1-118-85593-5.

Published November 2014

The chapter, 'Rotation effects on wall-bounded flows - some laboratory experiments', describes clearly that rotation plays an important amount, if not dominant role in many geophysical sitations, whether it be in the atmosphere or the oceans. However, for these flows there are also other competing effects, such as temperature and density stratification. We have highlighted some cases where rotation drastically changes, or is responsible for setting up, the flow field and where the resulting flow fields are preferably studied through laboratory experiments. The examples given are intended, through some general flow cases, to describe various aspects of rotation and how it affects stability, transition, and turbulence.

About the book

Modeling Atmospheric and Oceanic Flows: Insights from Laboratory Experiments and Numerical Simulations provides a broad overview of recent progress in using laboratory experiments and numerical simulations to model atmospheric and oceanic fluid motions. The volume not only surveys novel research topics in laboratory experimentation, but also highlights recent development in corresponding computational simulations. As computing power grows exponentially and better numerical codes are developed, the interplay between numerical simulations and laboratory experiments is gaining paramount importance within the scientific community. The lessons learnt from the laboratory-model comparisons in this volume act as a source of inspiration for the next generation of experiments and simulations. Volume highlights include:

  • Topics pertaining to atmospheric science, climate physics, physical oceanography, marine geology and geophysics.
  • Overview of the most advanced experimental and computational research in geophysics.
  • Recent developments in numerical simulations of atmospheric and oceanic fluid motion.
  • Unique comparitive analysis of the experimental and numerical approaches to modeling fluid flow.

Modeling Atmospheric and Oceanic Flows is a valuable resource for graduate students, researchers, and professionals in the field of geophysics, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, climate science, hydrology, and experimental geosciences.

Find out more about the book – on the Wiley website


Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

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Madingley Hall wins Environmental Award

Madingley Hall, home to the Institute of Continuing Education, has won a Silver Award at the 2014 University of Cambridge Catering Managers Committee (CMC) Environmental Awards.

Now in their 4th year, the CMC Awards help to promote environmental and ethical awareness across Cambridge College catering departments, encouraging more sustainable activities.

The competition was judged by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge, and the awards were presented at a special ceremony at Trinity Hall on 21 October.

Some of the ethical and environmental practices now in place at the Hall include:

  • Regular vegan dishes
  • Seasonal menus, with widespread local and seasonal food sourcing
  • A wider range of practices developed to avoid food waste

Ian Hardwick, Hall Operations Manager said: "We won a Bronze Award in 2013 so this improvement shows a real commitment to environmental and ethical issues from the Catering Team and across the Hall Operation."


Monday, 20 October 2014 14:52


Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2014

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) will be once again taking part in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas with a programme of events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 2 November 2014.

Events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 2 November

All events are free to attend. Follow the links below to find out more and book your place...

Wordplay (Creative writing workshop, all ages)

Multiple identities: the role of diasporas in international development (Talk, ages 15+)

Slippery selves: the work of Hilary Mantel (Talk, ages 15+)

The Georgian child support agency: unmarried mothers, fathers and gendered identities (Talk, ages 15+)

Supping with the devil at Madingley Hall: identity, heresy and witchcraft in 17th-century Cambridge (Talk, ages 12+)

About the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

The Cambridge Festival of Ideas celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences and has been running for six years. It is the only free festival of its kind in the UK, and attracted 18,000 visitors in 2013.

The 2014 Festival runs from 20 October to 2 November and will feature over 250 events - most of them free - including talks, exhibitions, cinema screenings, debates, immersive performances, participatory workshops and concerts.

Find out more about the Cambridge Festival of Ideas



Monday, 13 October 2014 15:22

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'A Tale of Two Camps: Lager Wick and SS Strafgefangenenlager Falstad'

Article by Dr Gilly Carr, British Archaeology 139, 44-49

Published November 2014

New Investigations at second world war camps in Jersey and Norway, at Lager Wick & SS Strafgefangenenlager Falstad.

Find out more about the publication – on the British Archaology Magazine Website.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:10

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Bursary for ICE Master's degree supports Shakespeare teaching in Turkey

A Cambridge International Examinations bursary will enable a teacher in Turkey to study with ICE to look at how the teaching of Shakespeare in secondary schools can develop the cognitive growth of students.

Anne Akay teaches English at the Bilkent Laboratory and International School in Ankara. The bursary gives her the chance to embark on the Master of Studies (MSt) in Advanced Subject Teaching at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

Course participants focus on areas of the curriculum that are under-represented in schools. Anne has chosen to explore the development of the brain in students aged 14 to 16 and, in particular, how the teaching of Shakespeare – through such plays as Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest – can optimize this cognitive growth.

The two-year MSt course, taught and supervised by Cambridge academics, was launched in 2011. It is designed to help English and History teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing.

Participants choose an aspect of their subject that they would like to explore further or to tackle for the first time. They then study it both academically and pedagogically, so that their new knowledge and skills can be put to effective use in the classroom.

The course is taught part-time through a combination of residential teaching in Cambridge and online tuition - making it accessible to those in full- and part-time employment.

Applications for the 2015 intake will be invited from October 2014 onwards.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:53

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ICE courses recognised by the Association for Coaching

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is pleased to announce that its coaching qualifications have been officially recognised by a world-leading independent coaching network.

ICE is now an Organisational Member of the Association for Coaching (AC), whose mission is ‘to inspire and champion coaching excellence, to advance the coaching profession, and make a sustainable difference to individuals, organizations, and in turn, society’.

Our popular Undergraduate Certificate and Diploma in Coaching are now official AC-recognised courses. This will give those who successfully complete the courses access to an inclusive organisation, with members from over 40 countries, made up of a diverse range of professional coaches, training and coaching service providers, and internal coaches.

Keith Nelson, Coaching Course Director at ICE said: “As a world-leading university, we are committed to delivering the highest standards of coach training and supporting the AC in their work to raise and maintain standards in coaching and coach training.”

We are open for applications for the 2014/15 Certificate and Diploma in Coaching until 17 September. For more information visit


Monday, 11 August 2014 12:11

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'Naked Scientist' Chris Smith joins ICE as Public Understanding of Science Fellow

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is delighted to announce that as of 1 September 2014, Dr Chris Smith will be joining ICE’s academic staff as Public Understanding of Science Fellow.

Chris is a consultant virologist based in the University Department of Pathology and in the PHE (Public Health England) diagnostic microbiology laboratory at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He has made a major contribution to the public understanding of science in recent years through his multi-award-winning Naked Scientists project.

Through weekly BBC radio programmes and other avenues, the Naked Scientists project reaches millions of people internationally. Since 2007 the radio programme, which features University of Cambridge scientists and researchers, has been downloaded around 40 million times worldwide. The ‘Naked Scientists’ also contribute to the Cambridge Science Festival and provide training in public engagement and broadcast skills for University staff and students.

The Naked Scientists project has attracted significant funding and Chris has been the recipient of many national and international awards for science communication, including the Royal Society’s Kohn Medal.

Chris’s Public Understanding of Science Fellowship at ICE is a permanent University role supported by Vice-Chancellor, the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Clinical Medicine and the School of Technology. This reflects the fact that Chris’s work spans medical, biological and physical sciences and into engineering and technology.

Science at ICE

Chris’s work will complement and support ICE’s existing programme of science courses and events for the public, which this year include:


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