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How students can help with Admissions and Open Days

Undergraduates have a vital role to play at College Open Days in May, July and September. Visiting sixth-formers are always extremely anxious to meet and talk with present undergraduates, to get real insights into the undergraduate life and a sense of what Clare is like as a College. We need about 8-10 undergraduates for each Open Day, and the arrangements for their participation are made by the Admissions Secretary, Shelley Spaxman. We also need 3 or 4 undergraduate rooms open for a short period on each Open Day, and are very grateful for undergraduates' co-operation in arranging this.

During the December interview fortnight, the College runs a Student Auxilliary Portering Service. Students who volunteer to help are paid for doing so, and can choose where they help: (a) working in shifts, greeting the interviewees in the Porters' Lodges, (b) invigilating the written tests that are required for several subjects, (c) dispensing coffee and comfort in the Library Common Room - choosing one or more activity. The Admissions Office will ask for volunteers during November. Because first-year rooms are required for the interviewees, we tend to invite second-and third-year students to volunteer.

Target Schools is one of the University's programmes for broadening access to Cambridge. The scheme depends on student volunteers prepared to visit schools. Further information from the University Admissions Prospectus or from the UCS Target Schools representative.

Students may also be interested in the work carried out in schools by the Clare College Schools Liaison Officers.

Academic Exchanges

Each year a Mellon Fellowship is offered to a final-year undergraduate or recent graduate. The Fellowship is for two (now extendable to 3) years' further study at Yale University. A reciprocal arrangement brings Yale students to Clare. The awards are made on the strength of academic performance and general merit, and on the availability of a suitable course of study at Yale. A notice about applications is posted on the screens outside Hall early in the Michaelmas Term.

An exchange with the Ecole Normale Superieure brings a lecteur or lectrice to Clare each year, and enables a Clare or recent ex-Clare Modern Linguist to spend a year studying in Paris. Modern Linguists who wish to be considered should submit a CV and a detailed description of their study plans for the year to their Director of Studies by the end of the Michaelmas Term. Further details can also be obtained from the Director of Studies.

Clare students studying Law may participate in an exchange scheme: the Socrates Exchange Scheme with the Universities of Regensburg, Poitiers and Utrecht.

The Cambridge / MIT Exchange Scheme began in academic year 2001-02 with a small number of subjects (Chemical Engineering, Engineering, Materials Science) and students (25). In future years, it is intended that the exchange should be developed to encompass a much wider variety of subjects and a much larger number of students.

Community Links

The Clare-Bermondsey Fund is a charitable trust which supports volunteer community work in Bermondsey, mainly through the Bede House Association. Clare members and ex-members have worked on a great variety of projects, including young people's summer camps, adult education, day trips to Cambridge, or support for victims of domestic violence. Further information from the Dean or the UCS representative.

The Queens'Clare Overseas Education Fund (QCOEF) aims to raise funds from senior and junior members of both Colleges and to distribute them towards educational projects in less developed parts of the world. In recent years QCOEF has supported projects in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, India and Romania. The usual method of contribution is by a voluntary addition to your College Bill (with which further details will be circulated).