Many really bright young people don't consider applying to Cambridge at all. Others consider applying but decide against it because they hear the myths that exist about applications and life at Cambridge. CUSU aims to dispel these myths and encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds.
Why Access?, The Access Blog, Access Library
The CUSU Access Officer keeps a regular blog of HE funding/ widening participation work being done around the University, and access issues internal and external to the University.
This year is CUSU's biggest yet for HE funding and widening participation. Of all the things in which you could get involved at Cambridge, this section answers "Why Access?". You can also delve into the issues behind widening participation in our Access Library, where you can find major access- and funding-related documents, such as the Government's HE White Paper 2011.
Radio show, applytocambridge, Shadowing Scheme, Target Scheme, RAID Initiative, Schools E-zine
At any time you can enrol in CUSU's Widening Participation Award (WPA), which supports you in doing CUSU Access initiatives throughout the year. CUSU runs a wide range of initiatives and events including the Shadowing Scheme, the Target Scheme and the rAId Initiative. This year we are also excited to launch a new E-magazine to provide links between sixth form students and Cambridge.
CUSU Access schemes can only function with the help of Cambridge Students donating their time and energy to the various schemes. Interested in getting involved? Want to learn more about it first? If you're a Cambridge student and want to find out more, contribute valuable ideas and get involved, click on the box above.
Getting Started, Resources, Meeting Updates
Every college's JCR Committee (and sometimes MCR Committee) has an Access (and sometimes a Target) Officer.
Access Officers work with Schools Liaison Officers (SLOs) to coordinate the college-level access work such a college residentials for busloads of school students, brief tours around Cambridge, and access buses. They also work to help recruit access volunteers, to excite students about access work and to put together CUSU's Shadowing Scheme.
Job Descriptions, Officers' Pages, Ideas Cloud
The CUSU Access and Funding Team is headed by the CUSU Access Officer but comprised of student part-time officers who focus on specific aims of CUSU Access. They organise and lead campaigns and initiatives.
Different parts of the Access and Funding Team are elected by CUSU Council at different times of the year.