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We're delighted to unveil an ICE first: the inaugural Virtual Winter Festival of Learning; a chance to kick-start the year with a week-long course (or two!) in your favourite subject, or to test the water by studying something completely new.

Running from January 18 to 29, the Winter Festival includes more than 50 courses and approximately 30 talks, once again open to adults around the world.

Each course incorporates two pre-recorded lectures from subject experts per day over a five-day period, as well as additional, related content. Online discussion forums allow students to engage with Course Directors and fellow participants. The diverse range of courses includes Ancient Rome, Making sense of international migration, Great Caribbean poets and Fundamentals of climate change and air pollution, with several topics offered for the first time in 2021. Talks are one-off tasters on intriguing themes delivered by inspiring Cambridge academics, covering everything from Spartans and Stonehenge to Pandemic Politics and Brexit.

Many of the Virtual Festival offerings reflect the variety of ICE's undergraduate courses, so whether you're a student, a professional or retired from a full career, signing up could be the start of your new learning journey.

Bookings for the Festival are now open. The talks are released throughout the Festival and can be viewed until February 24: anyone can explore the complete range for just £50. Each course costs only £149 and also provides free access to all talks.


Treat yourself to a learning experience or purchase a course or the series of talks as a gift for a friend or family member.

Find out more about the Virtual Winter Festival of Learning.

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