Participating pupils will take part in taster lectures and seminars, learn about the admission process and interact with current BME studentsVarsity

Fitzwilliam College has announced the launch of a BME taster programme aimed at Year 11 pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK.

The two-week programme, which will take place entirely online, aims to help participating pupils develop study skills, get acquainted with university subjects, and obtain insights on studying at the University of Cambridge. 

This includes various talks and sessions - from the application process to student life. Participants will also interact with current BME students to learn about their experience at Cambridge. 

Subject-specific lectures and seminars will also be offered. Pupils will be able to choose up to two ‘subject streams’ from the list of: Law and Economics; Social Sciences and Education; History; English and Foreign Languages; Natural Sciences; Medicine; and Maths and Engineering.

This programme is a collaboration between Fitzwilliam BME officers, Aye Omatsuli and Gareth Effion, and the College.  

Earlier this year, Trinity College launched a similar scheme aimed at Year 10 Black African and Caribbean state school students. 

The scheme was delivered in collaboration with Target Oxbridge, who helped 71 Black students gain Oxbridge offers for the 2021/22 academic year.