Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00

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Global Summer Programme:
additional places now available

Apply today

The Global Summer Programme is primarily for undergraduates at IARU institutions. However a limited number of additional places are now available for students from other leading universities around the world.

Students should have an equivalent GPA of 3.5 or above (ie, be in the top 10% in their year), and must provide a current transcript, two referees, IELTS scores (where relevant), as well as the completed application form by Monday 23rd May at the latest.

Application form

Download the application form here.

Open-access Summer Programmes

We also offer a wide range of other open-access programmes:
Ancient and Classical Worlds
Creative Writing
English Legal Methods
Medieval Studies
Interdisciplinary Summer Programme

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. 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

“One of the best summers of my life! The courses were intensive, challenging and highly enjoyable!”
Marie Tredaniel, France (Interdisciplinary Programme)

“In the introduction talk you said that your goal was to change lives, and in my case you definitely succeeded. I will hopefully be returning next year, and will definitely be recommending it to others.”
Blanaid Barr, Northern Ireland (Literature)

“Classes are rich and rewarding in their variety and depth; plenary lectures are stimulating and fun; the international, intergenerational student body is a delight… It's no wonder students return year after year.”
Ben Wiley, USA (Interdisciplinary Programme)

“The International Summer Programme is the most wonderful thing I have ever taken part in. I have learned more in the past two weeks than in the past two years! Thank you for this opportunity!”
Barbara Plock, Germany (Medieval Studies)

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 12:50

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Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown walk opened as part of CB300 celebrations

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) has created a new walk in the grounds of Madingley Hall, in honour of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown's Tercentenary.

Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Acting Director of the Institute of Continuing Education, unveiled the Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown Tercentenary Walk at ICE's annual Open Day on Thursday 24 March 2016.

Download a leaflet of the walk to find out more about the route and its history.

Access to the walk

Visitors are welcome to walk round Madingley Hall's grounds, including the new walk, during daylight hours, Please note that the Hall, Courtyard and Walled Garden are private, and that picnics, games, radios and dogs are not permitted in the grounds.

The gardens will be accessible at the Open Afternoon for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 5 June, 2.30 to 5.30pm and as part of the Open Cambridge weekend on Friday 9 September, 2.00 to 7.00pm.

A Capability Brown Conference: Moving Heaven and Earth will be held at the Hall from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August 2016.

Please note that access is not available on the following dates in 2016:

  • Sunday 29 May
  • Wednesday 1 June
  • Saturday 4 June
  • Sunday 12 June
  • Saturday 18 June
  • Sunday 19 June
  • Wednesday 6 July
  • Saturday 16 July
  • Saturday 23 July
  • Saturday 30 July
  • Saturday 13 August
  • Sunday 14 August
  • Friday 26 August
  • Saturday 27 August
  • Sunday 28 August
  • Saturday 10 September
  • Saturday 24 September

Photo: Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Acting Director Institute of Continuing Education, Julia Weaver, Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust, Richard Griffin, Senior Surveyor, University Estate Management, Richard Gant, Head Gardener.
Image credit: Colm Sheppard


Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:44

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'Illicit antiquities'? The collection of Nazi militaria in the Channel Islands.

Article by Dr Gilly Carr, in The Journal of World Archaeology 48(1).

DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2016.1152196

Published online 29 March 2016

This article explores the collection of Nazi or German militaria in the Channel Islands and the change in meaning that this practice has held for four generations of islanders from 1945 to the present day. Focusing on the role of children in building this trade in militaria, it examines why they have been the primary agents of collection and asks what meaning or value such objects hold for them. This article proposes the concept of 'inherited nostalgia' to explain the desire of the third and fourth generations for such objects. It also presents German militaria as 'postmemorial objects', and their display as a 'postmemorial project', as a way of understanding their meaning in this particular formerly occupied part of Europe.

Download the full article on the Taylor & Francis Group website.


Thursday, 25 February 2016 16:55

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New Director of ICE announced as James Gazzard

We are delighted to announce the appointment of James Gazzard as the next Director of the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

Jim is currently Professor of Workforce Futures and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Taught Courses, Enterprise and Engagement in the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. His academic expertise centres on supporting scientists and clinicians to become more innovative and entrepreneurial.

He has previously worked across the life science and medical sectors for leading organisations including The Royal Veterinary College, GlaxoSmithKline and the Medical Research Council where he founded and led a range of projects including graduate internship schemes, enterprise education courses, job rotation programmes and the commercialisation of new technologies.

Jim holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees in genetics, an MBA in entrepreneurship and a postgraduate certificate in higher education.

He said: “I am delighted and privileged to have been appointed as the Director of the Institute of Continuing Education. I am relishing the opportunity to build on its heritage as a pioneer of high quality adult education.

“The field of lifelong learning is at a fascinating stage, and ICE has a significant role to play in its future. Personal enrichment learning and professional studies have never been more important as we all try to make sense of the rapidly changing and complex environments in which we live and work.

“There is now far less emphasis in adult education on providing information and facts – which are only a click of a smartphone or tablet away. Instead the focus over the coming years will be forming networks of learners, drawn from all parts of the community, which think about and use knowledge in novel and exciting ways.

“ICE, as a central part of the University of Cambridge, is superbly placed to support these emerging types of adult education.”

Jim will take up his appointment at ICE on 4 April 2016.

ICE would like to express its thanks to Professor Sir Mike Gregory for acting as Director since September. His support, expertise and enthusiasm have been invaluable.


Friday, 19 February 2016 13:38

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Book now for our annual Open Day at Madingley Hall on 24 March 2016

Join us for our annual Open Day on Thursday 24 March 2016, at our home, Madingley Hall. This celebration of continuing education will feature dozens of free events running throughout the day.

  • Hear talks by top Cambridge experts
  • Get advice and information about your study options
  • Enrol on the day, with special offers on selected courses
  • Explore the historic Hall and gardens
  • Stay overnight in our comfortable B&B accommodation

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

What our 2015 visitors said about the event

On 2 April 2015 we welcomed more than 500 people to our Open Day. Here is a selection of their comments from the day:

"Stimulating and inspiring day in beautiful surroundings"

"Welcoming and well organised"

"Excellent lectures"

"Both guides were superb"

"Friendly welcome - typical of Madingley staff"

"Exceptional facilities and services"

"A joy to be here"

Contact us

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


Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:13

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Is neuroimaging measuring information in the brain?

Journal article by Dr Lee De-Wit, David Alexander, Vebjørn Ekroll and Johan Wagemans, in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, pp. 1-14.

Published February 2016

DOI: 10.3758/s13423-016-1002-0

Psychology moved beyond the stimulus response mapping of behaviorism by adopting an information processing framework. This shift from behavioral to cognitive science was partly inspired by work demonstrating that the concept of information could be defined and quantified (Shannon, 1948). This transition developed further from cognitive science into cognitive neuroscience, in an attempt to measure information in the brain. In the cognitive neurosciences, however, the term information is often used without a clear definition. This paper will argue that, if the formulation proposed by Shannon is applied to modern neuroimaging, then numerous results would be interpreted differently. More specifically, we argue that much modern cognitive neuroscience implicitly focuses on the question of how we can interpret the activations we record in the brain (experimenter-as-receiver), rather than on the core question of how the rest of the brain can interpret those activations (cortex-as-receiver). A clearer focus on whether activations recorded via neuroimaging can actually act as information in the brain would not only change how findings are interpreted but should also change the direction of empirical research in cognitive neuroscience.

Read the full journal article on the Springer website.


Monday, 08 February 2016 15:08

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Dr Catherine Seville

The Institute of Continuing Education notes with sadness the sudden death of Dr Catherine Seville, Fellow and Former Vice-Principal of Newnham College.

Catherine Seville played a prominent role in the Institute’s long-standing English Legal Methods Summer Programme for many years, and contributed greatly to the continuing success of the programme. She will be greatly missed by all those who share in the running and teaching of that programme.

A tribute to Catherine appears on the Newnham College website.


Friday, 05 February 2016 11:08

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Tell us your views: proposed Certificate course in Psychology

Here at the Institute of Continuing Education we are developing a new one-year, part-time University of Cambridge Certificate course in Psychology. We would very much welcome your views on the proposed course and invite you to complete a short survey to help inform the design process.

Complete the survey »

About the course

This one-year, part-time course will provide an insight into the study of psychology, with a particular focus on how the brain enables us to see, think and remember.

It will explore evidence from the study of patients with brain damage (neuropsychology), the use of neuroimaging, and behavioural experiments. Students will learn about some of the key specialisations in different areas of the brain and how differences in the brain relate to individual differences in behaviour and cognition.

The course will be open-access, meaning that no special qualifications would be needed to apply, beyond an interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the course. It is likely to be delivered via a blend of face-to-face teaching and self-directed online study.

It will be taught part-time at first-year undergraduate level and will give 60 credits at FHEQ level 4 on successful completion of the course. (For reference, one year of full time undergraduate study would typically be equivalent to 120 credits).

About the survey

The survey consists of nine questions and will only take you a few minutes to complete.

Complete the survey »

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Taster courses

If you are interested in a taster of what the Certificate in Psychology might involve, you might wish to take one of the following day schools in 2016:

An introduction to the human brain (8 May 2016)

From the eye to the brain: how do humans see? (12 June 2016)


Tuesday, 26 January 2016 10:02

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The Queen's Young Leaders searches the Commonwealth for mentors

The opportunity to guide the next generation of leaders is being offered to potential mentors around the Commonwealth – be they in business, technology, health, science, education or NGOs.

The mentors will join the 2016 Queen's Young Leaders Mentor Panel to help winners of the Queen's Young Leaders award develop their work.

Current mentors have described the experience as “fulfilling”, “an absolute privilege” and “filled with hope, aspiration, and love for humanity”. Many have also commented that it has helped them network globally.

Inaugurated by HRH the Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Henry of Wales in July 2014, the Queen’s Young Leaders Award recognises young people from across the Commonwealth who are working to improve their communities.

As part of their prize, winners receive a course in leadership as part of the Leading Change programme. The course and mentoring scheme have been developed, and are managed by, the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge.

Frances Brown, Leading Change Course Director, says:

“Many of our mentoring partnerships have grown into ongoing working and personal relationships with the 2015 Queen’s Young Leaders.  

“This year we are looking to expand our network to cover the Commonwealth countries that were missing last year – particularly those from island nations. We also want to attract more mentors in traditional high-status roles in business and leadership, and those leading in non-traditional, innovative ways.”

What our mentors say

“As I mentored, it opened me to ideas of improving various skills, particularly in terms of nurturing and patience... This has facilitated access to resources on leadership, and management skills, as well as a community of emerging and accomplished leaders.” (Dr Ishrat Bano, Personal Mentor from Pakistan)

“It has been good talking to the Queen’s Young Leaders. I was happy I could share with them, and also learn from them at the same time…” (Ayuk Anne-Chantal Besong, Personal Mentor from Cameroon)

“[My mentees] are exceptional young women working to make a difference in our world. I admire their resilience to achieve their goals despite challenges they face.” (Unami Moatswi, Advisory Mentor from Botswana)

“It was apparent to me immediately that I would learn as much from her as she would from me. We often say this, pay lip service to it, but it has been entirely true with us.” (Dr Rebecca Calder, Personal Mentor from Canada)


If you're interested in becoming a mentor, or would like to find out more about the programme, please visit


Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:28

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The hidden heritage of forced and slave labour: examining the commitment to remembering the Channel Islands.

Article by Dr Gilly Carr, in Skrifter [Transactions]
4, the Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. Special Issue: 'Painful Heritage: Studies in the Cultural Landscape of the Second World War.', edited by M. Jasinski and L. Sem.

Published 2015

This paper explores whether the erection of memorials indicates a proper commitment to remembering the victims of Nazi Germany (in this case, forced and slave labourers), or whether it indicates a minimum effort, a mere 'discharge of obligations' or politically expedient response on behalf of politicians or even local people to support this 'token recognition'. I will suggest that it can indicate a false commitment to remembering, enabling people to get on with forgetting without being accused of doing so. Taking a detailed study of the German-occupied Channel Islands as my area of focus, I consider the full range of the legacy of forced and slave labour, examining what has become heritage and what has been neglected and still remains to be revealed as, or turned into, heritage in order to demonstrate a proper commitment to the memory of this often overlooked group. Specifically, this paper will be discussing and comparing the tangible and intangible legacies at bunkers, museums, memorials and sites of labour camps in the three largest Channel Islands. I will conclude by discussing examples of good heritage practice in the Channel Islands, and make recommendations for future work.


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