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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"Drawing on unpublished testimonies written to claim compensation in the mid-1960s, my public address focused on their experiences in prisons and camps.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)


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, 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."


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:


Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:43

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Dr Jenny Bavidge awarded prestigious teaching prize

We are delighted to announce that Dr Jenny Bavidge, ICE’s Academic Director for English Literature, Film and Creative Writing, has been awarded a prestigious Pilkington Prize for her outstanding teaching.

The 20th annual Pilkington Prizes, which honour excellence in teaching across the University of Cambridge, were held at Murray Edwards College on 20 June 2013.

Jenny was one of 13 inspirational academics to receive an award at a ceremony attended by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Lord Watson of Richmond CBE, the University’s High Steward.

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 Jenny Bavidge

Jenny took her BA in English Literature and Language at Worcester College, Oxford, and then an MA and her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. After her PhD (on representations of urban space in the contemporary novel), she took up a Lectureship in English at the University of Greenwich, where she stayed, becoming Senior Lecturer, until she joined ICE on 1 October 2011. She is a Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

Jenny’s teaching includes 19th and 20th-century American and British literature, close reading and critical theory, and film. She is particularly interested in writing about London and other cities, and is Vice-President of the Literary London Society. Other interests include cultural geography, children’s literature, eco-criticism, and theories of place and space.

In her first 18 months at ICE, Jenny has made an enormous difference to the teaching of literature, film and creative writing. She has academic responsibility for all the Institute’s courses in these areas and teaches and supervises many herself, including:

In particular, Jenny has overseen the development of creative writing as a new specialism for ICE, with a new MSt in Creative Writing and an Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing scheduled for 2013/14, and a variety of short courses running throughout the year.

She has also played a key role in developing the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching, which helps English and History teachers enhance their subject knowledge.

Jenny has given a number of public and academic lectures during her time at ICE, including a talk on ‘queer dreams’ in the work of the Brontës as part of the 2012 Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a Gresham College Lecture on contemporary London crime fiction, and a keynote address at the University of Northampton: ‘The Personal is Political Revisited: Investigating Notions of Place and Space’.

Jenny’s latest publication is: ‘Vital Victims: Senses of Children in the Urban’, Children in Culture Revisited: Further Approaches to Childhood, Ed. Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, (Basingstoke), Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 208-221 and she has recently been writing about New York in children’s fiction. She is currently planning a book on the child and the city.

View Dr Jenny Bavidge’s full profile

Read her latest blog: MOOCs, SOCCs and kisses


Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:56

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Dr Susan Oosthuizen publishes new book on Anglo-Saxon England

We are proud to announce the publication of a new book by Dr Susan Oosthuizen, University Senior Lecturer and Academic Director for Historic Environment (landscapes and gardens) at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

Tradition and Transformation in Anglo-Saxon England: Archaeology, Common Rights and Landscape is published as part of Bloomsbury Academic's 'Debates in Archaeology' series.

Most people believe that traditional landscapes did not survive the collapse of Roman Britain, and that medieval open fields and commons originated in Anglo-Saxon innovations unsullied by the past. Dr Oosthuizen tests that belief by contrasting the form and management of early medieval fields and pastures with those of the prehistoric and Roman landscapes they are supposed to have superseded. The comparison reveals unexpected continuities in the layout and management of arable and pasture from the fourth millennium BC to the Norman Conquest.

Dr Oosthuizen's results suggest a new paradigm: the collective organisation of agricultural resources originated many centuries, perhaps millennia, before Germanic migrants reached Britain. In many places, medieval open fields and common rights over pasture preserved long-standing traditions for organising community assets. In central, southern England, a negotiated compromise between early medieval lords eager to introduce new managerial structures and communities as keen to retain their customary traditions of landscape organisation underpinned the emergence of nucleated settlements and distinctive, highly-regulated open fields.

The book is available as hardback, epub ebook and PDF ebook from Bloomsbury Publishing.

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

About the author

Dr Susan Oosthuizen has been involved in lifelong learning since 1985. Her undergraduate degree in Archaeology and History was taken at the University of Southampton; she holds an MA from SOAS (University of London), and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where her research on Anglo-Saxon landscapes bridged archaeology, history and historical geography.

Dr Oosthuizen teaches Historic Environment courses for ICE, including landscape archaeology and garden history, with a special interest in the Anglo-Saxon and medieval landscapes, and in research skills. She also supervises full-time and part-time postgraduate students in the University.

Profile of Dr Susan Oosthuizen

Historic Environment courses at ICE


Monday, 15 April 2013 14:07

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ICE welcomes new divisional directors

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new divisional directors at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

Jonathan Baldwin: Director of Teaching and Learning

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Jonathan studied for a BA and MA with the Open University while working as a graphic designer and marketer for a FTSE100 company in his native North Yorkshire.

He later moved in to education and has worked at the University of Brighton, the Higher Education Academy, and most recently the University of Dundee where he taught across several design disciplines with a focus on visual and cultural studies, advertising and branding, service and strategic design, and Chinese culture and history.

Jonathan received several awards at Dundee for innovation and excellence in teaching. He is frequently invited to participate in validation events and act as an external examiner. He has been a guest on BBC radio to discuss branding of the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and in 2007 won a British Book Award for Visual Communication: From Theory to Practice, which is a set text on design courses internationally.

A big believer in understanding the student experience, Jonathan often studies courses himself, most recently in subjects as diverse as statistics, Chinese, and object-oriented programming.

Tamsin James: Director of Resources and Administration

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Tamsin is a law graduate and a professionally qualified company secretary (specialising in business law, corporate governance and finance). During her time with the NHS she supported the creation of the first Community Services NHS Trust and worked with Cambridge University Health Partners in the development of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network.

Previously, she worked for the University of Cambridge for 10 years; initially in the Registrary’s Office and later as Faculty Administrator and Secretary to the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Classics and then the Faculty of English.

Dr Tim London: Director of Programmes

Tim London 90pxDr Tim London takes on responsibility for the Institute’s Public and Professional Programmes Division. He has worked internationally in a range of educational environments. After completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology (as well as the teacher licensure program to become a primary school teacher), he worked in schools in Las Vegas, Egypt, and Saipan before heading to Washington, DC to work for the American Federation of Teachers.

Following this, he worked with a non-profit foundation that provided educational services to underserved families/children and then took a post as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He then served as Director of Education and Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Queen’s University, Belfast before coming to Cambridge.

Tim has taught at the primary, secondary, and higher education levels, most recently teaching courses/supervising students in the area of leadership at Master’s and Doctoral levels. He has published articles and a book in areas related to leadership and different perspectives on educational systems and has been invited to speak to both education and third-sector groups on these issues.

Tim is passionate about the idea of – and opportunities related to – continuing education, having earned several degrees in different disciplines following his undergraduate degree, including a PGCHET, an MA in Educational Leadership, an LLM in Corporate Governance and Public Policy, and a doctorate in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations.


Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:29

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'Friends of Madingley Hall' launched to mark ICE's 140th anniversary year

Madingley Hall, home of the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), means a great deal to many people.

Making friends here, renewing those friendships on return visits, studying with like-minded people, and enjoying the special atmosphere of the Hall and its gardens: this is what makes Madingley Hall magical and memorable.

These are exciting times for ICE and Madingley Hall and in recognition of our 140th anniversary in 2013, we have launched the Friends of Madingley Hall to make it easy for you to strengthen your association with the Hall.

Join the Friends

Membership of the Friends costs just £30 a year. You can join in the following ways:

1. Complete our online application form

2. Email us at

3. Collect a leaflet from Madingley Hall or download a PDF version and return the application form to:
‘Friends’ Membership Secretary, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ, UK.

How your membership helps

ICE’s vision is to share Cambridge – communicating its research and scholarship – with as many people as possible, locally and globally, and throughout life. Madingley Hall, as the home of ICE, provides the perfect environment for celebrating learning and life.

So, whether you love Madingley Hall for our programmes of study, our public lectures and concerts, our parties and events, our bed and breakfast accommodation, our gardens, or for the friends you meet here, your membership of the Friends helps us to achieve our vision.

You may wish to make a donation (Gift Aided or otherwise) along with your membership payment; alternatively, you can easily donate at any time via our Online Giving website.

Enjoy the benefits of membership

As a Friend you will be eligible for the following member benefits:

1. Introductory pack

You will receive a welcome pack including an exclusive Friends of Madingley Hall pin, membership card and wallet, guides to the Hall and Gardens, and the latest issue of the Cambridge Alumni Magazine (CAM).

2. Priority bookings for selected events

You will be invited book ahead of the crowd for selected events at Madingley Hall, such as the Madingley Lectures (our series of public lectures by leading authorities in their fields) and Open Days.

3. Invitations to exclusive Friends’ events

You will be invited to attend exclusive Friends' events at Madingley Hall, such as viewings and drinks receptions.

4.Subscription to our email newsletter

If you provide your email address, then you will automatically receive our regular email newsletter, which will include news of what we’re doing and a link to online termly editions of the CAM. (If you wish to stop receiving it, you can opt out at any time.)

5. Entry into an annual draw to win a complimentary Weekend Course

You will be entered into our annual summer draw to win a complimentary Weekend Course at Madingley Hall.

6. A 10% discount on our Online Courses

You will be eligible for a 10% discount on as many of our Online Courses as you wish to take. To register for an online course at the discounted rate, simply email with your membership number and the title of the course you wish to study. A member of our Admissions team will then contact you to complete the registration.

7. A 10% discount on selected events and non-course-related accommodation

You will be eligible for a 10% discount on non-course-related Madingley Hall accommodation, bookings for private events such as parties and dinners, and on open events such as our seasonal party nights. To activate your discount, please email or call +44 (0)1223 746222 with your membership number.

8. Complimentary attendance (plus one guest) to our Anniversary Summer Garden Party

You will be invited to help us celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Institute of Continuing Education’s foundation, with a summer afternoon garden party on 21 July 2013.

9. Monthly Sunday afternoon access to the Hall and Gardens

Friends are welcome to call in and enjoy tea, coffee, relaxation and a walk in the Gardens on the following Sunday afternoons in 2013 (simply show your membership card at Reception on arrival):

  • 24 March 2013
  • 7 April 2013
  • 5 May 2013
  • 23 June 2013
  • 14 July 2013
  • 18 August 2013
  • 15 September 2013
  • 6 October 2013
  • 17 November 2013
  • 8 December 2013

10. Access to an exclusive online forum for Friends

Between visits our exclusive online forum will enable you to make new friends, keep in touch with old friends and keep up to date with Friends’ events. If you have provided us with your email address, then you will receive a password so that you can access the Online Forum for Friends.

140 years of continuing education at Cambridge

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He led the establishment, in 1873, of the inter-collegiate lectures at Cambridge, namely the Local Lectures Syndicate – the forerunner of the Board of Extra-Mural Studies and ultimately of ICE. (Coincidentally, 2013 is also the 100th anniversary of James Stuart’s death in 1913 and 170th of his birth in 1843.)

1873 - Professor James Stuart founded the Local Lectures Syndicate, the country's first continuing education department

1923 - First International Summer Schools took place

1924 - Syndicate re-established as Board of Extra-Mural Studies

1948 - University of Cambridge acquired Madingley Hall

1951 - Study bedrooms created from old stable block

1951 - Hall used as residence for adult students on short courses

1975 - Board moved its headquarters to Madingley Hall

1994 - First accredited courses offered

2001 - Board re-established as Institute of Continuing Education

2011 - Lord Rees gave inaugural Madingley Lecture

2013 - ICE launches 'The Friends of Madingley Hall' in its 140th year

Find out more

To find out more about the Friends and how you can get involved, contact us at


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