Monday, 05 October 2015 14:59

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The link between accretion mode and environment in radio-loud active galaxies

Article by J. Ineson, J.H. Croston, M.J. Hardcastle, R.P. Kraft, D.A. Evans and M. Jarvis, in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 453, 2883.


Published September 2015.

The interactions between radio-loud AGN and their environments play an important rôle in galaxy and cluster evolution. Recent work has demonstrated fundamental differences between high- and low-excitation radio galaxies (HERGs and LERGs), and shown that they may have different relationships with their environments. In the Chandra Large Project ERA (Environments of Radio-loud AGN), we made the first systematic X-ray environmental study of the cluster environments of radio galaxies at a single epoch (z ∼ 0.5), and found tentative evidence for a correlation between radio luminosity and cluster X-ray luminosity. We also found that this relationship appeared to be driven by the LERG subpopulation. We have now repeated the analysis with a low-redshift sample (z ∼ 0.1), and found strong correlations between radio luminosity and environment richness and between radio luminosity and central density for the LERGs but not for the HERGs. These results are consistent with models in which the HERGs are fuelled from accretion discs maintained from local reservoirs of gas, while LERGs are fuelled more directly by gas ingested from the intracluster medium. Comparing the samples, we found that although the maximum environment richness of the HERG environments is similar in both samples, there are poorer HERG environments in the z ∼ 0.1 sample than in the z ∼ 0.5 sample. We have therefore tentative evidence of evolution of the HERG environments. We found no differences between the LERG subsamples for the two epochs, as would be expected if radio and cluster luminosities are related.

Read the whole article


Friday, 04 September 2015 10:49

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Dr Gilly Carr awarded German grant for her work with victims of Nazi persecution

Dr Gilly Carr, University Senior Lecturer and Academic Director in Archaeology at ICE, has been awarded 50,000 Euros by the EVZ Foundation for her research on Channel Islander victims of Nazi persecution. The EVZ Foundation (Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zunkuft – Remembrance, Responsibility, Future) was set up to support projects on victims of Nazism.

Although the funding will cover Gilly’s research expenses and outreach activities for three years, and will pay for research assistants in Jersey, Guernsey and Berlin, the funding that Gilly has received will primarily be used to build a sophisticated website on which will be uploaded the testimonies written by islanders in the 1960s to get compensation from the German government.

These islanders had been sent to Nazi prisons and concentration camps for acts of resistance against the German occupying forces in the Channel Islands between 1940 and 1945. They represent a key group of British citizens who experienced these institutions and have been largely forgotten outside the Channel Islands.

Gilly has collected around 100 testimonies out of the c.250 islanders deported to prisons and camps, and will supplement these records with public and private archival and family documents from Jersey, Guernsey, the UK and across Germany. These will be cross-referenced with camp and prison records, maps and photographs to build up an online picture of the experience of islanders in their journeys across Europe as they were moved between prisons and camps, often in chains or in cattle trucks.

This project, which will take three years, will be supplemented by a book. Gilly has a contract with Bloomsbury Academic to write Testimonies of Nazi Persecution from the Channel Islands: A Legitimate Heritage? This book will build upon an earlier monograph, published in 2014, entitled Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands, which was co-authored by Paul Sanders and Louise Willmot.

Over the last few years, Gilly has carried out much heritage and memory-related work in the Channel Islands with victim groups of Nazi persecution, such as excavating a forced labour camp; giving public lectures on Holocaust Memorial Day; curating exhibitions on those deported from the islands to civilian internment camps; and designing a Resistance Trail. She has also campaigned for memorials to be erected to people who died in Nazi prisons and camps.

Gilly is extremely excited to have received this funding and is looking forward to continuing her research in this field and raising awareness about the plight of these Channel Islanders, to make sure that their experience is integrated into what is known of British experiences of the Holocaust.

View Dr Gilly Carr’s profile

Find out more about Archaeology courses at ICE


Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:54

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Rebecca Lingwood appointed Vice-Principal at Queen Mary University of London

Dr Rebecca Lingwood is set to leave ICE in September after six years as Director of Continuing Education, to take up a prestigious new post as Vice-Principal for Student Experience, Teaching and Learning at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Rebecca will be responsible for supporting and developing the educational provision at QMUL and will also contribute more broadly to the academic leadership of the university. In addition, she will take up an academic post in QMUL's School of Engineering and Materials Science, where she will hold the title of Professor of Fluid Dynamics.

A new Director of Continuing Education here at ICE will be in post in early 2016 and Professor Sir Mike Gregory, retiring Head of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing, will serve as Acting Head of ICE in the interim.

In keeping with ICE tradition, a portrait of Dr Lingwood (pictured), painted by local artist Heloise Toop, will hang in Madingley Hall to commemorate her time here.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Rebecca for her inspirational and dynamic leadership, and wish her all the best in her exciting new role!


Monday, 20 July 2015 10:30

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Investigation of the Global Instability of the Rotating-Disk Boundary Layer

Article by R. J. Lingwood, E. Appelquist, P Schlatter, and P. H. Alfredsson, in Procedia IUTAM, vol. 14, pp. 321-328 (2015)


Published 2 July 2015.

The development of the flow over a rotating disk is investigated by direct numerical simulations using both the linearized and fully nonlinear incompressible Navier–Stokes equations. These simulations allow investigation of the transition to turbulence of the realistic spatially-developing boundary layer. The current research aims to elucidate further the global linear stability properties of the flow, and relate these to local analysis and discussions in literature. An investigation of the nonlinear upstream (inward) influence is conducted by simulating a small azimuthal section of the disk (1/68). The simulations are initially perturbed by an impulse disturbance where, after the initial transient behaviour, both the linear and nonlinear simulations show a temporally growing upstream mode. This upstream global mode originates in the linear case close to the end of the domain, excited by an absolute instability at this downstream position. In the nonlinear case, it instead originates where the linear region ends and nonlinear harmonics enter the flow field, also where an absolute instability can be found. This upstream global mode can be shown to match a theoretical mode from local linear theory involved in the absolute instability at either the end of the domain (linear case) or where nonlinear harmonics enter the field (nonlinear case). The linear simulation grows continuously in time whereas the nonlinear simulation saturates and the transition to turbulence moves slowly upstream towards smaller radial positions asymptotically approaching a global upstream mode with zero temporal growth rate, which is estimated at a nondimensional radius of 582.

Read the whole article


Friday, 17 July 2015 10:26

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New short courses for 2015-16

Our new short courses for the period August 2015 to July 2016 are now available for booking. These will take place at Madingley Hall and include weekends, weekly classes and day schools.

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

New subjects for 2015-16

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of new subjects in 2015/16, including coaching, IT and computing and beginners' Portuguese.

We are also extending our weekly and day school programmes, in response to student feedback, so that they run throughout the year. Look out in particular for our new weekly courses starting in October 2015.

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, 140 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 »


Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:24

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Dr Ed Turner awarded prestigious teaching prize

We are delighted to announce that Dr Ed Turner, ICE’s Academic Director for Biological Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious Pilkington Prize for his outstanding teaching.

The 22nd annual Pilkington Prizes, which honour excellence in teaching across the University of Cambridge, were held at Corpus Christi College on 23 June 2015.

Ed was one of 13 inspirational academics to receive an award from Professor Graham Virgo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education.

The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington, the first Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation, who believed passionately that the quality of teaching was crucial to Cambridge’s success.

About Dr Ed Turner

Dr Ed Turner gained his BA in Natural Sciences from Girton College, before continuing to study for his PhD in the Insect Ecology Group at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge. Since then, he has worked with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (BCN) Wildlife Trust, investigating butterfly diversity on chalk grassland reserves and with Imperial College, London running the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems Project in Sabah – one of the largest ecological experiments in the world.

Ed joined the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in January 2012 as Academic Director and ICE Teaching Officer in Biological Sciences. He is also an affiliated researcher in the Insect Ecology Group, University Museum of Zoology, and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

As well as being a charismatic and enthusiastic science communicator, Dr Turner supervises undergraduate and graduate students, gives lectures for the Department of Zoology, and is Director of Studies for Part 1A Evolution and Behaviour at Clare College. Outside the University, he has presented over 70 public lectures since 2006.

As ICE Teaching Officer, Dr Turner has made an enormous difference to ICE’s Biological Sciences teaching and strengthened our links to the School of Biological Sciences, particularly to Zoology, and to the Museums and Collections.

Ed’s teaching includes short courses on topics including evolution, zoological collecting, and the secret lives of insects. He also leads well-received biodiversity tours of Madingley.

Ed has designed and delivered several new University of Cambridge qualifications in the last three years, including a Certificate and Diploma in Evolutionary Biology and an Advanced Diploma in Ecological Monitoring and Conservation. Some of his teaching is fully online and his associated open-access online tasters are very popular.

Dr Turner is full of creative ideas and is a committed and collaborative colleague who contributes fully to the Institute’s work.

View Dr Ed Turner’s full profile

Find out more about Biological Sciences courses at ICE


Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:52

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Queen's Young Leaders visit Madingley Hall for leadership training

The University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) is delighted and honoured to be welcoming the Queen's Young Leaders Award winners to Madingley Hall today, 23 June 2015.

The Award winners are here to take part in a series of workshops, organised by ICE, to help them develop their management and leadership skills.

They were presented with their Awards by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace last night.

This year’s Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality. They have been recognised for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

Further information

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society in 2014, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth.

To see a full list of Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, and read more about their stories please visit

If you or someone you know is doing inspiring work like this year’s Queen’s Young Leaders, you can apply or nominate someone for a 2016 Award at


Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:25

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Summer Schools nominated for prestigious marketing award

ICE’s International Summer Schools’ 2015 publicity campaign has been nominated for a prestigious Heist Award for Education Marketing.

The campaign was shortlisted in the ‘Best Student Recruitment Campaign’ category, having successfully increased student enrolments during the month of March by 10% in 2015 compared with the previous year.

Director of International Programmes Sarah Ormrod said:

“These short, residential and truly international programmes change the perceptions and lives of hundreds of students each year.  We are continuing a 90-year-old tradition of welcoming people to an open-access learning experience at one of the world's best universities.

“To stay competitive, we need to make that experience – and the publicity for it – the best we can for a very broad, global audience. We have brought together every possible improvement in direct response to student feedback – to text, to curriculum, to clarity of message, and to attractiveness – in order to improve numbers at this stage in the application cycle.”

The results of the awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Manchester on 9 July 2015.

View the nominations in full

View the Summer Schools 2015 programme

About the Heist Awards

The internationally recognised annual Heist Awards for Education Marketing have evolved over more than 20 years to become one of the premier awards programmes for marketing in the further and higher education sectors.

Find out more about the awards


Friday, 29 May 2015 11:00

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2015 International Summer Schools

29 May 2015:

Online application: news of extended online application deadlines

The quickest way to apply is by using our secure online booking system and paying by credit or debit card. Online applications can be accepted up until 21 June 2015 for ISS Term I, Ancient and Classical Worlds, Science Term I, Literature Term I. Online applications can be accepted up until 5 July 2015 for ISS Term II, Science Term II, Literature Term II and History. Online applications can be accepted up until 19 July 2015 for ISS Term III, Shakespeare, Medieval Studies and Creative Writing.

Please note: After each of these deadlines, you can still apply for your chosen programme(s) by using a paper-based application form.

The University of Cambridge International Summer Schools 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



Wednesday, 20 May 2015 13:08

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Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from small islands

Book co-edited by Dr Gilly Carr and Professor Keir Reeves.
ISBN: 978-1-13-883172-8

Published 2015

Every large nation in the world was directly or indirectly affected by the impact of war during the course of the twentieth century, and while the historical narratives of war of these nations are well known, far less is understood about how small islands coped. These islands – often not nations in their own right but small outposts of other kingdoms, countries, and nations – have been relegated to mere footnotes in history and heritage studies as interesting case studies or unimportant curiosities. Yet for many of these small islands, war had an enduring impact on their history, memory, intangible heritage and future cultural practices, leaving a legacy that demanded some form of local response. This is the first comprehensive volume dedicated to what the memories, legacies and heritage of war in small islands can teach those who live outside them, through closely related historical and contemporary case studies covering 20th and 21st century conflict across the globe.

The volume investigates a number of important questions: Why and how is war memory so enduring in small islands? Do factors such as population size, island size, isolation or geography have any impact? Do close ties of kinship and group identity enable collective memories to shape identity and its resulting war-related heritage? This book contributes to heritage and memory studies and to conflict and historical archaeology by providing a globally wide-ranging comparative assessment of small islands and their experiences of war. Heritage of War in Small Island Territories is of relevance to students, researchers, heritage and tourism professionals, local governments, and NGOs.

Find out more about the book – on the Taylor and Francis Group website.


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