Clare College Cambridge

Schools Liaison Officers


Our Role

Our job is to work with school students of all ages to raise their educational aspirations. This can take the form of hosting visits here in Clare College, attending HE fairs and conferences, and coming to talk or run workshops in schools. Whilst part of the job is to encourage more talented students to apply to the College from all backgrounds and educational sectors, a lot of our work is focused simply on raising aspirations, and encouraging school students to aim high when it comes to university.


 Rachel Ayres

I attended state schools in Surrey and completed my BA in modern languages at the University of Kent. I was part of an outreach programme in my final year of undergraduate study, which sparked my interest to work closely with young people. Having then trained to be a secondary school teacher and gaining experience working in Norfolk, as well as abroad in Italy and Switzerland, I decided to take up this role. I’m very committed to widening participation to universities and I want to ensure that students are given the information they need to make an informed decision about their higher education.  





Contact Us

If you'd like to get in touch to find out more about our Schools Liaison Programme then please call Rachel on (01223) 761612. Alternatively, please email



The Union of Clare Students Access Officer

The Union of Clare Students (The UCS) has their own representative who is responsible for sharing our work with the undergraduate student body and recruiting undergraduates to get involved in our work. They also organise the annual Shadowing Scheme in conjunction with CUSU.

Ellie Mullett – UCS Access Officer 2017-18 


I’m Ellie, a second year historian and the current Access Officer for the Union of Clare students. Whatever stereotypes the media circulates about Oxbridge, I would say I’m the opposite of more or less all of them: no one in my family had been to university before me, I’ve been to regular state schools for the whole of my education, and I’m from a very average town in the Midlands. My parents and sixth form college were always really encouraging when I decided to apply to Cambridge, but I know how lucky I was to have this, because there are so many students out there who have the ability to make a really good application but lack support from those around them. Students here come from all over the world, with lots of different interests and skills, but whoever you are, you’ll soon find you have a lot more similarities than differences with your fellow undergraduates. There are lots of access projects that you can get involved in if you would like to see what it would be really like to study at Cambridge, not to mention Open Days and Taster Sessions, and I really encourage you to come see the University for yourself if you can. The financial help available to those who come from lower income families is also a lot more generous here than it is at most other universities, which is really helpful for covering the costs of studying and partaking in all that Cambridge life has to offer. My first year at Cambridge has been the best year of my life, and I hope that one day you might come and see what it's like for yourself, and maybe even consider applying too!