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



Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

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'Legacies of Occupation: heritage, memory and archaeology in the Channel Islands'

Book by Dr Gilly Carr, Springer, London, 2014, XIX, 300 p. 59 illus., 42 illus. in colour, ISBN 978-3-319-03407-2

Published March 2014

This book explores the way in which the legacy of the German occupation of the Channel Islands has been turned into heritage (or, conversely,
neglected) over the last 70 years.

Once seen as the 'taint of the mark of the beast', the perception of much of what the Germans left behind has slowly changed from being despised and reviled, buried underground or dumped at sea, to being reclaimed, restored, highly valued and treated as 'heritage'.

This book examines the journey of various aspects of this heritage, exploring the role of each post-war generation in picking at the scar of occupation, refusing to let it heal or fade. By discovering and interpreting anew their once-hated legacy, each generation of Channel islanders has changed the resulting collective memory of a period which is rapidly moving to the edge of living memory.

It includes the first in-depth investigation into the multiple aspects of heritage of occupation of a single place and will offer comparative material for other heritage professionals who work with similar material throughout Europe and in other post-occupation areas. It will explore the complex ethical issues faced by anyone who works with the legacy or heritage of Nazism, seeking to understand how and why the Channel Islands have responded in the way that they have and asking how unique – or typical for formerly-occupied Europe – their response has been.

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

, 'Legacies of Occupation:

heritage, memory and archaeology in the Channel Islands'

Monday, 03 March 2014 15:27

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Book now for our annual Open Day at Madingley Hall on 17 April 2014

Join us for our annual Open Day on Thursday 17 April 2014, at our home, Madingley Hall. This celebration of continuing education will feature more than 50 free events running throughout the day.

  • Top University experts speaking on their specialist subjects
  • Taster sessions so you can find out what it’s like to study with us
  • Tours of the historic Hall and Gardens
  • Family-friendly activities, including a nature trail
  • Food and refreshments from our award-winning kitchen

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

What our 2013 visitors said about the event

On 2 April 2013 we welcomed more than 500 people to our Open Day. Here is a selection of their comments from the day:

"Excellent – I will recommend."

"I enjoyed the opportunity to hear what leading academics are working on in an open and friendly environment."

"The lectures were an excellent opportunity for interaction and participation."

"Plenty of options to choose from throughout the day. Tour of the Hall and refreshments were the highlight."

"The staff are very welcoming and well-informed."

"Sumptuous building and gardens; helpful, courteous staff; interesting lectures."

"Amazing talks and great structure!"

"I have seen the Hall from the road on many occasions and looked at courses online. The opportunity to attend the open day has motivated me to now book a course."

View a selection of photos from the 2013 event

Contact us

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



Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:30

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Madingley Concerts in 2014

We are pleased to announce our new programme of Madingley Concerts for 2014.

These free public concerts are performed by leading University musicians, and are designed to showcase new student work alongside more traditional repertoire.

2014 concert programme

23 February 2014, 2.30pm: Alexander Simpson (countertenor), Kieran Brunt (tenor) and Tim Watts (piano) perform music by Britten (Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, Op.51) and others.

2 March 2014, 2.30pm: The Arbury Trio return to Madingley Hall, following their highly successful Tchaikovsky concert in 2013, to perform Beethoven's 'Ghost' Trio (Op.70) and a new work by Joy Lisney.

6 April 2014, 2.30pm: Leading composer, performer and teacher Jeffery Wilson (saxophone) joins Madingley favourite Tim Watts (piano). Programme to be confirmed.

There will be a further concert on 29 June 2014, performers and programme to be confirmed.

About the concerts

Concerts take place at Madingley Hall near Cambridge.

View directions to Madingley Hall

For further information or to join our mailing list, please contact Lisa Hitch on or +44 (0)1223 746212.

Find out about previous Madingley Concerts - and listen to recordings of world premiere performances.


Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:16

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Tell us your views: new Certificate course on Anglo-Saxon period

Here at the Institute of Continuing Education we are developing a new one-year, part-time University of Cambridge Certificate course focusing on the Anglo-Saxon period.

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 proposed course

The Certificate course would be open access, i.e. no special qualifications would be needed to apply beyond an interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the course.

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

The course fee is likely to be in the region of £1,800 – £2,000. Eligible students would be able to apply for Part-Time Student Loans, and we also have some bursaries available offering a fee reduction of between £200 and £500.

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.


Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00

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Cambridge Science Festival 2014

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) will be once again taking part in the Cambridge Science Festival with a programme of events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 16 March 2014.

Events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 16 March

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

Meet the little things that run the world (Talk, all ages)

Roman science fiction: structuring imagined worlds (Talk, all ages)

It's simpler with symmetry (Talk, ages 8+)

The mystery of the horrible hypothesis (Hands-on activity, ages 8+)

The mystery of the horrible hypothesis: murder mystery dinner (Hands-on activity + dinner, ages 12+, cost £35)

About the Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival is co-ordinated by the Public Engagement team at the University of Cambridge. It is the largest free science festival in the UK, with over 30,000 people attending events in the 2013 Festival.

The 2014 Festival will run from 10 to 23 March and will feature over 200 mostly free events for all ages exploring subjects from astronomy to zoology, with hands-on experiments and talks from leading scientists.

Find out more about the Cambridge Science Festival



Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:45

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2014 International Summer Schools

The 2014 University of Cambridge International Summer Schools will run in Cambridge from 6 July to 22 August 2014. To sign up for a programme simply apply online, or download an application form from our website.

Places on courses and in College accommodation are limited,
so we encourage applicants to apply early to avoid disappointment.

This year we will be offering specialist programmes in: Ancient Empires, Science, Literature, History, Shakespeare, Medieval Studies and, new for 2014, Creative Writing and Hanseatic League. If you are looking to study a number of different subject areas, the Interdisciplinary Summer School is ideal. It is split into three terms, Interdisciplinary Summer School Term I, Interdisciplinary Summer School Term II and Interdisciplinary Summer School Term III, covering a wide range of subjects including archaeology, politics, philosophy, economics, literature, history and international relations. You can opt to do one, two or all three terms.

The Cambridge English for Academic Purposes programme combines a two-week intensive language course with a two-week academic programme. This allows students to put into practice the language skills they have honed during the the first two weeks of the programme.

Applicants will also have the opportunity to sign up for weekend excursions and take part in various events.

Join us in 2014.

Download a copy of the brochure.

Find out more:


Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:00

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'Resistance, the body and the V-sign campaign in Channel Islander WWII German internment camps'

Paper by Dr Gilly Carr, pp. 117-131 in J. Symonds, A. Badcock and J. Oliver, Historical Archaeologies of Cognition, London: Equinox Publishing Ltd, ISBN: 9781845535346

Published October 2013

This article examines the way in which the types of resistance that occurred in the German-occupied Channel Islands during WWII were continued in the civilian internment camps in Germany to which Channel Islanders were sent in 1942 and 1943. It shows that the most popular kind of resistance was that which revolved around the use of the V-for-victory sign, a protest campaign which flourished in the summer of 1941 in the Channel Islands. In their camps, islanders used this symbol creatively, incorporating them into their facial hair, their clothing and shoes, their gestures, their bodily practices and in their communal physical actions.

Find out more about the paper - on the Equinox Publishing website


Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:00

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'Sites of Memory, Sites of Oblivion: The archaeology of twentieth century conflict in Europe'

Paper by Dr Gilly Carr and Marek Jasinski, pp. 36-55 in M. Bassanelli and G. Postglione, Re-enacting the Past: Museography for Conflict Archaeology, Siracuse: Lettera Ventidue, ISBN: 9788862420648

Published September 2013

This article, co-written with my Norwegian colleague, Professor Marek Jasinski of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, examines the position of various types of WWII camps (POW, slave and forced labour, and concentration camps) within heritage and memory of WWII. While many of the larger concentration camps are well known and have become heritage sites, the smaller camps have long since been removed, forgotten and neglected by heritage strategies. Rather than sites of memory, these have become sites of oblivion. The paper then goes on to examine the situation in Norway and the Channel Islands, two areas where the archaeology, heritage and memory of camps of the Organisation Todt are being recorded due to the fieldwork of the authors, and explores what criteria need to be fulfilled before such camps are acknowledged and remembered by their local communities.

Find out more about the paper - on the Lettera Ventidue website


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