Access and outreach

The admissions team at Queens’ is committed to admitting students based solely on academic potential, irrespective of background.

At Queens’ College we are aware that many students are hesitant to apply to Cambridge University due to stereotypes about the University’s culture and perceived barriers to entry. However, factors such as socio-economic background, school ranking and financial pressures should never prevent a student from realising their potential at any higher education institution. We encourage applications from students whose schools have little or no experience of sending students to Cambridge, or students who may be the first in their family to progress to higher education, or students who may have spent time in care. Queens’ is therefore keen to provide information on the application process, along with guidance and advice for prospective applicants. To this end, we work with schools to remove misconceptions about Cambridge University and to help students consider whether Cambridge University might be for them.

If you are or have spent time in care, please visit the university website for more information on the support available to you.

Link Areas

Through the University Area Links scheme , Queens' College is linked with schools in Kent, Bradford, Medway and Havering. This provides schools in these areas with a direct contact point with the University. However, the scheme is not designed to be prescriptive and schools can contact any college. Equally there is no expectation for students to apply to their school’s link college, and the scheme does not influence whether applicants are invited for interview or offered a place.

Queens’ College has a Schools Liaison Officer, Maria McElroy, and a Widening Participation Assistant, Hannah Thomson. Both are always pleased to hear from students, parents and schools, so please do not hesitate to email them.

If you are a teacher or careers advisor at a school, you may also wish to sign up for our termly newsletter containing more information on outreach events at Queens' via email. You can view the most recent newsletter here.

In addition to Maria and Hannah, Boo Hinton is the JCR Access Officer and a current undergraduate at Queens’ College.