New public programmes at ICE
2011 has been a year of change here at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). New academic programmes, free public lectures and concerts, and a new bursary scheme are just some of the innovations we hope will appeal to new students and familiar faces alike.
Much more of our activity is now taking place at Madingley Hall, which gives a more 'collegiate' feel to this historic building, and means that more people than ever will get to experience the spectacular setting and first-rate facilities that it provides.
New one-year Certificate and Diploma courses
This year our Certificates and Diplomas will become one-year, non-modular courses. This will bring many new benefits. For the first time, Certificates and Diploma students will be provided with a University of Cambridge card for a full year, giving access to a range of University facilities, services and concessions. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to progress quickly through a course and study with the same group of students throughout.
If you're part-way through a modular programme, you will have two years from the start of 2011/12 to complete the modules you need to gain a qualification.
As with the Madingley Weekly Programme, the teaching will predominantly take place at Madingley Hall, and we will be providing free transport to and from Cambridge town centre to help those who are reliant on public transport.
Weekend courses now twice a month
Our residential weekend programme has moved to a new schedule of two weekends a month, with up to eight courses running each weekend. This allows us to teach in the small, interactive groups that our students tell us they most value, and help create a lively and fertile environment in which to learn.
Financial support: the ICE Bursary Scheme
We have created a number of bursaries to support students during these difficult financial times and ensure our programmes are accessible to as many people as possible. If you are a self-financing student, you could be eligible for one of the following awards:
- James Stuart Bursary (£200) – if you are applying to study at the Institute of Continuing Education for the first time.
- Cambridge University Press Bursary (£200) – if you are a teacher in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution.
- Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Bursary (£500) – if you are over 22 and applying to study at university level for the first time (available for Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses only).
Find out more about the bursary scheme – including application deadlines
Madingley Weekly Programme: new short courses at Madingley Hall
This new series of five-week courses at Madingley Hall starts in January 2012. Unlike traditional short courses, which tend to focus on a particular academic field, much of the Madingley Weekly Programme is multidisciplinary, meaning you can explore a variety of perspectives on each topic. Titles including ‘Sex and gender’, ‘Writing non-fiction’ and ‘Crime and deviance: nuts, sluts and perverts?’
All of the courses have full online support, and several have a related seminar group where you will be able to explore the issues raised in class in more depth.
ICE Online: eLearning and online support
eLearning is an important part of our education programme here at the Institute. Through our new eLearning website, ICE Online, you'll have the opportunity to study and learn online, access learning resources, and interact with your tutor and fellow students.
To experience ICE Online, visit our open-access eLearning site where you can try some free ‘taster’ courses to see what it is like to study with us.
Free public lectures and concerts
As part of our commitment to public engagement, in 2011 we launched a series of free events at Madingley Hall.
The Madingley Lectures got under way in January, when a capacity audience heard Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal, speak on ‘Life in the cosmos’. All the lectures are given by leading authorities in their fields, with future speakers including Baroness Deech, Chair of the Bar Standards Board, and Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
The Madingley Concerts followed shortly afterwards, with the Iridian Trio giving the inaugural recital in March. The concerts are designed to showcase the best young talent, giving University Instrumental Award holders the opportunity to work with student composers and to perform new pieces alongside more traditional repertoires.
Videos of the lectures and audio recordings of the performances are now available on this website.
Open day at Madingley Hall – Sunday 30 October 2011
If you’d like to find out more about the Institute and get a flavour of the courses and seminar groups on offer, come along to our open day on Sunday 30 October 2011. You'll have the opportunity to:
- Talk to our friendly Course Directors and enrol on the course or seminar group of your choice.
- Hear our leading Cambridge experts talk on subjects ranging from British slavery to the Cold War, as part of the University’s Festival of Ideas.
- Take a tour of Madingley Hall and discover the secrets of this historic 16th-century mansion. Or follow the Science and Nature Trail round our extensive gardens.