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:


Friday, 11 July 2014 16:19

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New short courses for 2015

Our new short courses for the period January to July 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

"Coming to study at Madingley Hall makes me feel my brain’s alive again, and that I have so much more I can fill it with!" (2014 weekend student)

"The strong thing about the … Cambridge courses is that tutors are truly experts in their field." (2014 weekend student)

"Outstandingly engaging, well developed and fascinating. Perfectly pitched at all times. Really engaging." (2013 weekend student)

"Tutor was very relaxed and approachable; highly enthusiastic. An amazing weekend – I will be back!" (2013 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, 09 July 2014 13:11

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ICE supports The Queen's Young Leaders Programme

The University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) will be leading the University’s major contribution to an initiative launched at Buckingham Palace today which will celebrate talented young people from across the Commonwealth over the next four years.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme has been established by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and is run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

It aims to discover, celebrate and support young people aged 19 to 29 from every Commonwealth nation. They will be chosen for having transformed their own lives and the lives of those around them, despite challenges they may have faced along the way.

In recognition of the 60 years that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee, 60 inspirational young leaders from across the Commonwealth nations will be selected each year from 2014 to 2018.

The Programme will further strengthen the skills and confidence of Award winners so that they are ready to change the lives of those around them and to inspire the next generation of young leaders through their own actions and values.

ICE will be making an important contribution to the Programme, in conjunction with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Cambridge University Press, by providing tailored support to the award winners to develop their skills as leaders, equipping them to lead change in their chosen sphere in their communities and countries.

This will include an annual two-day residential leadership course at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, to which the 60 annual award winners from the 53 Commonwealth countries will come as part of a week-long visit to the UK. Their visit will culminate in the presentation of their awards at Buckingham Palace.

Dr Rebecca Lingwood, Director of ICE said: “Our goal is to promote the enormous impact of the Commonwealth on young people and their communities by nurturing the young leaders of the future and enabling them to become ambassadors for others. It is an ambitious and exciting project, and one that promises to be not just a useful contribution during its lifetime but part of a lasting legacy.”

Find out more

Read more about the Programme and its launch - on the University of Cambridge website

How to get involved

From today, young people from across the Commonwealth can apply or be nominated to win an award and become a Queen’s Young Leader.

For more information visit #TheSearchIsOn


Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:00

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Join us for BioBlitz Cambridge 2014 on 27–28 June

From 5pm on Friday 27 June, join experts and volunteers as they race against time to find as many species as possible in 24 hours in the beautiful grounds of Madingley Hall.

This is the fifth annual Cambridge BioBlitz coordinated by the Museum of Zoology and University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team, and this year working in partnership with the Institute of Continuing Education. The aim is to document the array of plants and animals that can be found in this magnificent site, from the largest trees down to tiny snails and insects, and to give lots of opportunities for people to discover the fascinating wildlife on their doorstep.

This event is open to everyone and all activities are free. No previous knowledge of natural history is needed – there are experts to introduce you to some of the UK’s fantastic wildlife and guide you through how to record it. There are lots of hands-on activities, such as moth trapping, early morning bird walks, minibeast hunts and pond dipping.

Bioblitz Cambridge 2014 starts at 5pm on Friday and runs through the night, finishing at 5pm on Saturday. Most of the activities will be taking place from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 28 June. All late night and early morning activities need to be booked in advance, and booking is advisable for other activities.

View the programme and book your place

Contact the event organiser for more details:


Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00

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'Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands'

Book by Dr Gilly Carr, Paul Sanders and Louise Wilmot, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2014, 392 p., 40 illus., ISBN 978-1-472-50920-8

Published June 2014

The Nazi occupation of Europe of World War Two is acknowledged as a defining juncture and an important identity-building experience throughout contemporary Europe. Resistance is what ‘saves' European societies from an otherwise chequered record of collaboration on the part of their economic, political, cultural and religious elites. Opposition took pride of place as a legitimizing device in the post-war order and has since become an indelible part of the collective consciousness.

Yet there is one exception to this trend among previously occupied territories: the British Channel Islands. Collective identity construction in the islands still relies on the notion of ‘orderly and correct relations' with the Germans, while talk of ‘resistance' earns raised eyebrows. The general attitude to the many witnesses of conscience who existed in the islands remains ambiguous.

This book conversely and expertly argues that there was in fact resistance against the Germans in the Channel Islands and is the first text to fully explore the complex relationship that existed between the Germans and the people of the only part of the British Isles to experience occupation.

Find out more about the book – on the Bloomsbury Publishing website


Tuesday, 06 May 2014 00:00


'The turbulent rotating-disk boundary layer'

Article by P. H. Alfredsson, S. Imayama and R. J. Lingwood, in European Journal of Mechanics – B/Fluids, April 2014.


Published online April 2014


The turbulent boundary layer on a rotating disk is studied with the aim of giving a statistical description of the azimuthal velocity field and to compare it with the streamwise velocity of a turbulent two-dimensional flat-plate boundary layer. Determining the friction velocity accurately is particularly challenging and here this is done through direct measurement of the velocity distribution close to the rotating disk in the very thin viscous sublayer using hot-wire anemometry. Compared with other flow cases, the rotating-disk flow has the advantage that the highest relative velocity with respect to a stationary hot wire is at the wall itself, thereby limiting the effect of heat conduction to the wall from the hot-wire probe. Experimental results of mean, rms, skewness and flatness as well as spectral information are provided. Comparison with the two-dimensional boundary layer shows that turbulence statistics are similar in the inner region, although the rms-level is lower and the maximum spectral content is found at smaller wavelengths for the rotating case. These features both indicate that the outer flow structures are less influential in the inner region for the rotating case.

Find out more about the article - on the Science Direct website


Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:20

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Part-time undergraduate qualifications 2014–15: now open for applications

Applications are now open for ICE’s one and two-year Undergraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas starting in October 2014.

These part-time University of Cambridge qualifications are taught at undergraduate level and are designed especially for adult and part-time learners who want to advance their personal and professional development.

All our courses are led by Cambridge academics who are experts in both their subjects and in teaching students of all ages and experiences.

New courses for 2014–15

This year we’re offering a number of new qualifications: Undergraduate Certificates in Local History, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences; a Diploma in Evolutionary Biology; and an Advanced Diploma in International Development. We have also revised our Undergraduate Diplomas in History of Art.

Most of our Undergraduate Certificates and Diplomas are delivered as one-year programmes starting in October. In many subject areas there are two Certificates or Diplomas so if you successfully complete both you can opt to be awarded a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education in that subject, as appropriate.

Some Certificates and Diplomas are offered as a series of weekly classes; for others the teaching has been consolidated into weekends or day schools, so you can study these courses more easily even if you live farther way from Cambridge.

Certificate courses open to all

For most Certificate courses all you need is an interest in the subject; you don’t need any special qualifications to apply. What you will find is that you are surrounded by fellow students who, despite their diversity, share an enthusiasm to learn and to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

Pursue your own research project part-time over two years

We're continung to accept two intakes for our Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas: one in November and one in February. These courses give you the opportunity to study your chosen subject in greater depth and include a significant element of research on your own project, for which individual guidance and supervision are given.

Because they are research-based, Advanced Diplomas are accessible to students from all over the UK and beyond, and they provide an excellent basis for postgraduate study and research.

Get support when and where you want it

All of these courses are supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), which will accelerate your learning and enhance your experience of the course. You will be able to download course materials, contact your tutors and talk to fellow students via the web at a time and place that’s convenient to you.

You will also be provided with a University of Cambridge student card for the period of your study, giving access to University facilities, such as the University Library, other services and concessions. Plus you'll retain access to the learning resources for your course on ICE Online, and to the student common room, for two academic years after you have completed your course.

Bursaries and loans to help you with your fees

If you are new to higher education, new to ICE, or if you’re a state-funded teacher, you could be eligible for an ICE Bursary.

You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments to help spread the cost, and you may be eligible for a part-time student loan.

Find out more about these and other sources of financial support

Madingley Hall: your place in Cambridge

Most of our Certificate and Diploma teaching now takes 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.

What our students say

The course was fantastically interesting, challenging and a real pleasure. The tutors were engaging, fun and genuinely great people. What a pleasure and a privilege the whole course was! (CB, Certificate in Astronomy 2012–13)

“The provision of materials and resources was first class, together with the regular communication throughout the course that I was studying for. The online learning environment was excellent and provided a valuable and useful learning interface.” (SM, Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Assessment 2012–13)

Studying with ICE has been a great experience. The support offered is tremendous and it is marvellous to have access to the University Library and be taught in small classes by experts in their field. Madingley Hall is a beautiful place and a lovely environment in which to learn. (KT, Diploma in History of Art 2012–13)

Read more of what our students have to say about their experience of studying with us.

Find out more

If you have any queries about undergraduate qualifications at ICE, please contact


Friday, 21 March 2014 15:05

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New bursaries available for selected MSts in 2014

We are pleased to announce that a number of new bursaries are now available to students applying for the following Master of Studies (MSt) courses in 2014:

For each course, the Institute of Continuing Education is offering eight James Stuart Bursaries of £1,250 per annum to applicants who most closely match the criteria.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic potential and/or who are not receiving support for funding from other sources.

How to apply

The deadline for bursary applications is midday on 22 April 2014. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by 25 April 2014, and the closing date for course applications has now been moved to 1 May 2014.

We recommend that, if you do wish to apply for a bursary, you should have started your course application by 22 April.

To apply for a bursary, select the appropriate link below and complete the online form. You will be required to submit a personal statement as part of your application.

If you have any questions about the bursaries or the application process, please contact



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