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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Our Virtual Summer Festival talks bring together over 60 thought-provoking lectures, providing fascinating glimpses into a wide range of subjects, recent research and global current affairs. Delivered by academics from the University of Cambridge and invited specialists from other leading institutions, many talks complement the courses offered during the Festival, while others extend the range of topics covered.



Who can book?

Our Virtual Summer Festival of Learning is open to students aged 18-80+. Talks are delivered at approximately first-year undergraduate level. Unfortunately, we cannot accept bookings from anyone under the age of 18. However we are also running a Virtual Pre-University Programme in July for 16-18 years olds.

Bookings cannot be transferred to another person.

Technical requirements:

Talks will be released on our website at 09:00 (BST) at a rate of 2-3 a day, throughout the Summer Festival.

You will receive a personalised link to access the talks a week before the Summer Festival starts, or shortly after you sign up if the Festival is already underway.

In order to view the talks you will need to have access to:

- the internet via a computer, laptop, tablet or other smart device

- speakers or headphones in order to hear pre-recorded talks

Accessibility and additional support for students

We make every effort to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs. Please let us know about any additional requirements as soon as possible so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before and during the Festival. Please note that all of our talks are subtitled.

Course dates

28 Jun 2021 to 06 Sep 2021

Apply by

23 Jul 2021

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Festival of Learning

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