Arts and Humanities: 'Inspiring Sustainable Change' Year 11 Residential 

Please fill out the application form by midnight on Sunday 25 June to apply for a place. 


  • Online sessions introducing the programme will be held at 10am – 12pm on Monday 17 July, and 10am – 11.30am Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 July 2023
  • The in-person residential at Downing College will be held on Tuesday 29 August – Friday 1 September 2023 in Cambridge

Arts and Humanities Residential 

In partnership with the Cambridge Judge Business School, Downing College is offering a residential for students interested in discovering how studying Arts or Humanities subjects can bring about meaningful change. By learning about the Global Sustainable Development Goals and applying these to some of the courses offered by the University of Cambridge, students will consider how Arts or Humanities degrees could make a real-world impact on creating a sustainable future!

Successful students will take part in workshops led by Dr Lidia Mishchenko, a Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, who will introduce the Global Sustainable Development Goals into practice. Following this, students will stay at Downing for a few days to live like a student, whilst putting their knowledge of Global Sustainable Development Goals into practice. During the residential students will take part in:

  • Arts and Humanities subject introductions and workshops
  • Transferable skills workshops, such as debating and essay writing
  • College and department tours
  • Social activities, such as experiencing a Formal Hall

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore your subject interests further and see what studying at the University of Cambridge would look like.

All costs of this programme, including travel, food and accommodation are covered. 

Who can apply?

There are only 40 spaces available on the programme and students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Be currently in Year 11 (England and Wales), Year 12 (Northern Ireland) and S4 (Scotland) 
  • Be attending a UK state school

Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria and students who meet more than one will be prioritised: 

  • Currently or previously living under local authority care
  • Eligible for Free School Meals (currently, or in the previous six years)
  • Young carer
  • Students from underrepresented ethnic groups
  • Disability/extenuating circumstances which has affected study
  • IMD deciles 1-2
  • POLAR 4 classification 1 or 2
  • No parental history of higher education

We will contact you about the outcome of your application in the week commencing 19 June. If you have any questions about the programme, please don't hesitate to contact our Outreach Team on