Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

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Book now for our annual Open Day at Madingley Hall on 2 April 2015

Join us for our annual Open Day on Thursday 2 April 2015, at our home, Madingley Hall. This celebration of continuing education will feature more than 50 free events running throughout the day.

  • Talks and taster sessions with top University experts
  • Special offers on selected courses if you enrol on the day
  • Tours of the historic Hall and Gardens
  • Family-friendly activities, including a nature trail
  • Accommodation available at the Hall

View the Open Day programme and book your place today to attend a talk or tour.

What our 2014 visitors said about the event

On 17 April 2014 we welcomed more than 600 people to our Open Day. Here is a selection of their comments from the day:

"The whole day was extremely well organised and most enjoyable"

"A variety of stimulating talks by enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers"

"Very helpful staff"

"Talks by enthusiastic experts in beautiful surroundings"

"Delicious hot lunch!"

"A very pleasant, enjoyable and informative day."

View a selection of photos from the 2014 event

Contact us

If you have any questions about the day, please email us at or call +44 (0)1223 746222.



Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:01

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Instabilities of the von Kármán Boundary Layer

Article by R. J. Lingwood and P. Henrik Alfredsson, in Appl. Mech. Rev. 67(3), 030803 (May 01, 2015) (13 pages)
Paper No: AMR-14-1075;


Published February 2015.

You can read the article on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers website.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:44

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New bursaries for teachers

We are pleased to announce that we are offering bursaries of £1,750 per annum to teachers applying to study for our part-time MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching in 2015-17.

The fund is designed to support teachers looking to carry out research aimed at improving teaching and learning in their school or college. Preference will be given to teachers from UK state-funded schools or colleges who do not have financial support.

Course Director Dr Nigel Kettley explains:

“The MSt is a unique course in that it allows teachers to simultaneously deepen their subject knowledge, improve their pedagogical skills and learn the methods necessary to conduct classroom-based research. It aims to both improve the quality of teachers’ professional practice and enhance pupils’ classroom experience. The new bursary is a valuable contribution to making the MSt accessible to the widest possible range of teachers.”

About the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching

The MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching has been designed specifically for English and History teachers. Drawing on world-leading research at the University of Cambridge, it is unique in focusing on subject expertise as well as teaching methods.

Course participants choose an aspect of their subject which they would like to explore further or perhaps 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 programme provides a two-year, part-time route to a full University of Cambridge Master’s degree. It is taught through a blend of short, intensive study blocks in Cambridge and online support – making it accessible to teachers across the UK and beyond.

The programme was launched in 2012 and has already begun to make an impact on the profession. In the words of one student:

“It’s the kind of degree that allows full-time teachers to study at the highest level while maintaining a full-time job. It’s a course that enhances your pedagogic practice as well as your subject knowledge. I’ve found that everything I’m studying, I’m applying in the classroom.”

Further information

The deadline for bursary and course applications is 7 April 2015.

Apply online:

Contact: Sue Brignell on 01223 760862 or


Tuesday, 10 February 2015 13:48

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ICE archaeologist delivers Holocaust Memorial Day address in Jersey

On 27 January, ICE archaeologist Dr Gilly Carr delivered the 2015 Holocaust Memorial Day public address in Jersey, speaking on the theme of 'Keeping the memory alive'.

Dr Carr explains the context of her address:

"When the Holocaust is remembered in the Channel Islands, one of the key groups islanders think about, in addition to the islands' Jews and forced and slave labourers, is the political prisoners. These are the c.250 people who were deported to more than 100 different Nazi prisons and concentration camps for committing offences against the occupying authorities.

"Drawing on unpublished testimonies written to claim compensation in the mid-1960s, my public address focused on their experiences in prisons and camps. These testimonies form the subject of the book I am currently writing, which will be titled Testimonies of Nazi persecution from the Channel Islands (publisher: Bloomsbury Academic).

"In my speech, I examined the way that Channel Islanders supported each other during their ordeal, forgetting inter-island rivalry, and fought to keep each other alive. I spoke about the ongoing fight to keep that memory alive in the decades after the war, exploring how Islanders helped each other claim compensation from the Germans in the mid-1960s. This year I was privileged to be involved in both Guernsey and Jersey's Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies.

"For the first time, these testimonies which I had given to island families in the last year, were revealed to a wider audience. Their content was devastating, moving and shocking; and their impact, when read by the children of those deported during the inter-faith service, was palpable.
It's at times like this when the fruits of research can have the most impact on a community. I feel privileged to have been involved in such an important occasion."

Download the full text of Dr Carr's address (PDF file, 24 KB)

News reports of the service

Jersey remembers victims of the Holocaust (ITV News)

Jersey wreaths laid for 21 victims of Nazis (BBC News)

Holocaust victims remembered in Jersey (Jersey Evening Post)


Monday, 02 February 2015 10:28

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Global linear instability of the rotating-disk flow investigated through simulations

Article by E. Applequist, P. Schlatter and R. J. Lingwood, in J. Fluid Mech. (2015), vol. 765, pp. 612-631.


Published February 2015.

You can download the article on the Cambridge Journals website.


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."


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