General News

Thursday, 18 November 2010 11:20


ICE's Dr. Gilly Carr helps reveal Guernsey's forgotten heroes

A previously unseen archive featuring the testimonies of people who were deported to German prison camps during World War II has been uncovered by a team of researchers working in Guernsey, led by Dr. Gilly Carr, University Lecturer in Archaeology and ICE's subject specialist.

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:47


ICE course director discovers donkey DNA in Pompeii

Course director of Science, Susan Gurney (working with Dr Peter Foster) has solved the mystery of the identity of what was thought to be a now-extinct breed of horse discovered at Pompeii – this has puzzled experts since the remains were uncovered in 2004. It was in fact a donkey!

Susan’s publication in the new issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, explains that there appears to have been a mistake in the lab, which resulted in horse DNA being combined with that of a donkey to create an artificial hybrid. Identification as a donkey is important in itself as it may prove that this particular type of donkey dates farther back than previously thought.

For further information, please visit


Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:36


New bursary launched for teachers
of A-Level Law

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) will hold its annual Conference for Teachers of A-Level Law from 31 March to 1 April 2011 at Madingley Hall, Cambridge. This year, ICE is delighted to be able to offer bursaries, significantly reducing the fees for those teaching in UK state schools or UK state FE institutions.

Designed to bring recent developments in the law and updates in the subject area to teachers who often don’t get the time out to refresh their knowledge, the Conference should be a key date in all A-Level Law teachers’ diaries. Delegates gain exclusive access to leading academics, are able to share best practice with colleagues and ask advice on specific questions regarding topics included in the AQA and OCR syllabuses.

Since 1989, the Conference has inspired over a thousand teachers, providing access to excellent speakers from the University of Cambridge and other leading institutions, presenting in key areas such as Criminal Law, the English Legal System and Tort. There are group sessions with Chief Examiners from AQA and OCR. Exhibitors include publishers of relevant law texts with the latest editions on show. In response to feedback from our previous delegates, the programme now includes a valuable session on best practice, giving delegates the opportunity to share preferred teaching tools and methods via our online classroom. Delegates will have access to this exceptional resource after the conference for use back in the classroom.

Now in its 21st year this Conference provides professional development to teachers of A-Level Law, also A2 and AS Law teachers who use the AQA and OCR syllabuses. It will also be of interest to others working in the field, including teachers of other law courses in the further education sector.

Commenting on the annual Conference, Yvette Sexton from Tresham Institute of Further and Higher Education said, “To meet other tutors and share ideas and experiences was particularly valuable. Also – as teachers we are all so busy - having the opportunity to refresh and update our subject knowledge is absolutely crucial to our professional development. I was greatly impressed by the quality of the event.”

Applications are open for a limited number of places. Further details about the Conference and an application form can be found at:


Thursday, 28 October 2010 11:08


British Pomp and Ceremony

This day course aims to provide an introduction to the ceremonial robes traditionally worn in Britain, including the robes of the peerage and the chivalric orders, civic and university gowns, and the dress of lawyers and Anglican clerics. The insignia of the chivalric orders and of the principal military decorations will also be included.

Further information:
Title: An introduction to British official and ceremonial costume
Tutor: Mr Tim Milner
Date: 21 November 2010

To find out more information click here

Friday, 22 October 2010 15:23


ICE comes to Guernsey

This November sees the first of two University of Cambridge day schools held at the Guernsey College of Further Education.

The first day school, entitled ‘The seeing eye: the appreciation of architecture’ takes place on Saturday 6 November. It will explore the evolution of different architectural styles from the Romanesque to Hi-Tech, and will include a close look the architectural heritage of the Channel Islands. This course will be led by Adrian Barlow, who as well as being an expert on Victorian architecture, happens to also be Director of Public and Professional Programmes at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

Speaking about this new venture between Guernsey and Cambridge, Adrian Barlow said: “We hope these two day schools will be the start of an ongoing, developing programme between the States of Guernsey and ICE to provide Higher Education courses in the Channel Islands. We also hope that once Islanders have had an insight into the variety and quality of what we offer, they will want to travel to Madingley Hall, our 16th century headquarters for one of our renowned weekend residential courses. Madingley is close to Cambridge and within very easy reach of London Stansted airport.”

The second day school, ‘The halcyon years of radio comedy’ will be on Saturday 14 May 2011. The lecturer Dr. Rex Walford will introduce and discuss radio comedy highlights from the Second World War to The Goon Show.


Friday, 22 October 2010 14:55

New residential courses brochure published

The new brochure of residential courses offered by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education between October 2010 and October 2011 is now available.  With more than 200 courses covering topics as diverse as ‘Ancient Egyptian mathematics’, ‘Tracing prehistoric ancestry using DNA’, ‘Russia 1894 – 1939’, ‘Hollywood and the Great Depression 1929 – 1939’ and ‘The philosophy of Space and Time’, we promise something of interest for everyone.

For those with a broad range of interests, our ‘Edwardian country house weekend’ from 26 – 28 November should appeal.  The brochure description for this course states: ‘A hundred years after the death of Edward VII, Madingley Hall, (his residence while a student at Cambridge) will host a weekend celebrating the Edwardian era. Come and join us in this beautiful country house and enjoy lectures on Edwardian history, literature, art, music and garden design. Popular lecturers from our residential programme will contribute to give an insight into this fascinating period of British history.’

For those who would like to know more about the University of Cambridge, on 28 – 30 January we will be repeating a popular course taught by Timothy Milner, on ‘The formal traditions of the University of Cambridge’: It will explore, in broad terms, the development of the University's constitution and why some customs have disappeared altogether, while others have been retained, albeit modified in most cases. As part of this process the course will include mention of the historic offices which exist or have existed within the University and outline their ceremonial functions, including the offices of Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, High Steward, Commissary, Registrary, Proctor, Esquire Bedell, Scrutator and Taxor.

Madingley Hall provides a perfect environment for students to meet like-minded individuals and share in the pleasure of learning from experts in their chosen subjects. Most students attend on a residential basis enjoying our comfortable en-suite bedrooms and award-winning food, but non-residential places are available if preferred.

Full details of our courses and how to book a place can be found on our website at or call 01223 746262.


Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:42


Join our webinar tomorrow!

To launch our NEW Postgraduate Diploma in Training, Learning and Development, we are hosting a live web conference tomorrow hosted by Dr Nigel Kettley of the University of Cambridge.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Training, Learning and Development is an innovative programme for those engaged in the delivery of training and learning or who are committed to moving into this field. The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), has designed, with input from multinational corporations, such as IBM, an applied qualification, underpinned by the latest academic research, for professionals working in the field of training, learning and development.

Interested in finding out more about this exciting new programme? Join us for a live web conference hosted by Dr Nigel Kettley of the University of Cambridge.

DATE: Thursday 30 September 2010
: Dr Nigel Kettley

Click Here to join the meeting

UK CONFERENCE CALL NUMBER: 0800 3585486. PIN Code is *202492* (the stars are important).

We also have a worldwide conference call list, please let us know where you will be calling in from.

The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes with plenty of opportunity for questions and answer throughout.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Training, Learning and Development is a flexible, part-time programme comprising six courses, which can be studied over a period of 24 – 36 months. Each course is studied via distance learning and includes a two day workshop in the beautiful surroundings of Madingley Hall. With a start date of January 2011, applications are now open. For further information and to apply please visit


Thursday, 02 September 2010 00:00

Madingley Hall garden - open afternoon


Come along and join us on Sunday 12 September (between 2.30 and 5.30) for a chance to look round our magnificent gardens. Specialist plant nurseries will also be present, giving you an opportunity to purchase unusual and rare plants. The event presents the ideal time to stock up on autumn and spring flowering bulbs. The sale is organised by the conservation charity Plant Heritage whose mission is to conserve our rich floral heritage through cultivation. The University is a principal player in its work and the Cambridge University Botanic Garden is the second largest holder of National Plant Collections including the Fritllaries and Tulips.  Details on these collections will be available on the day. Adults £4, children free. For information, call 01223 746222





Thursday, 05 August 2010 10:44


Already renowned for the excellent quality of our food, the Hall can now add the Elite Award to its list of achievements.

Madingley Hall is one of only 30 catering operations out of some 1200 within the South Cambridgeshire District Council area who have received this award – having achieved a food hygiene inspection score of 5 stars, on two or more consecutive occasions.

Speaking on the good news, Paul Wright, Catering Manager at Madingley Hall said: “We are delighted to have received this award. It demonstrates the level of care and service we put into the catering here at Madingley Hall”.


Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

Residential weekend results in an incredible archaeological find

Neolithic art

A student on our 'Britain before man - a geological history' residential course came across what has since been described as a remarkable piece of Neolithic rock art which could date back to 2,500 BC. Read the full story at


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