This new residential programme for Year 12 (or equivalent) students is an opportunity like no other to immerse yourself in life as a Cambridge student.


Cambridge Future Museum Voices is an innovative and interdisciplinary outreach initiative from Clare College, Cambridge, and the University Museum of Zoology for students at state schools/colleges across the UK in Year 12 or equivalent.

Applications are now OPEN until 31st January 2023.

What is Cambridge Future Museum Voices?

You will take part in a residential in Cambridge in April 2023, during which you will co-curate an exhibition at the University Museum of Zoology. You will use some of the wealth of specimens housed in the Museum, to explore biological, social and historical stories on the effects of environmental change on the natural world and people.

The Museum exhibition will be interdisciplinary in nature and items chosen could be used to inspire creative writing, art, or scientific interpretation, exploring the effects of environmental change. There are no A Level (or equivalent) subject requirements for this programme and we encourage students with all subject profiles to apply.

Programme Outline

February and March 2023

The programme begins with three introductory sessions on making a competitive university application, the latest research on innovative approaches to environmental change, and the network of museums and resources a Cambridge student can access.

These will be taking place virtually across February and March and you will be able to ask questions and speak to Museum and College researchers and staff.



11th to 15th April 2023

The cornerstone of the programme is a week-long residential at Clare College, Cambridge.

You will stay in Clare College undergraduate accommodation, meet current students, and enjoy a ‘formal hall’ dinner. In the daytime, you will be based at the University Museum of Zoology to co-curate the exhibition and can take part in field trips to local nature reserves. 

September 2023

The programme will conclude with a private VIP launch event of the co-curated exhibition at the Museum for you, your fellow participants and your guests. Your travel to and from Cambridge will be fully funded by the programme.

Ongoing support for your university application will also be available.

Cambridge Future Museum Voices in Numbers


Nights in Cambridge


Fully-Funded Places for Year 12 Students


Warm-up Webinars on Uni Admissions and Museum Curation


VIP Exhibition Launch Event

How do I apply?

Please use the link below to apply for the programme. Applications close at 11:59pm on 31st January 2023 and you will hear back from us on 9th February 2023.

As part of the application, please write a short statement of interest on why you hope to be involved in the programme and what you wish to get out of it. The statement should not exceed 250 words. There is space to submit your statement in the form, but we recommend you write it first in a word processor and paste it into the form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Museum specimens in jars

Why should I take part?

As well as gaining skills in analytical thinking, storytelling and teamwork, you will have access to:

  • Ongoing support for your university application from admissions staff
  • The chance to speak to and learn from Cambridge researchers and academics across a range of disciplines
  • Immersion in the Cambridge undergraduate experience
  • The unique chance to co-curate an exhibition on climate and environmental change at a University Museum
  • A network of other bright and engaged young people from across the UK

Participation in a programme such as Cambridge Future Museum Voices can be an excellent topic of discussion in a UCAS Personal Statement and can help to demonstrate your commitment to, and interest in, your chosen university course.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to take part, you must be in your penultimate year of secondary education (ie. in Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland) and attending a UK maintained (state) school or college.

There are no A Level or equivalent subject requirements for the programme and we encourage all interested students who meet the criteria above to apply. The subject areas that can be covered by the programme include, but are not limited to:

  • Biology (Biomedical Sciences, Plant Science, Zoology)
  • Natural History
  • Geography, Climate & Environmental Science
  • History, Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Creative Arts (fine art, poetry, storytelling, and literature)


In the event that the programme is oversubscribed, we will prioritise students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are resident in areas with relatively low participation in higher education (POLAR 4 quintiles 1 or 2). You can check your quintile here
  • Are resident in areas with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics (IMD Q1 or Q2). You can check your IMD index here.
  • Would be in the first generation in their immediate family to go to university (neither parents/carers nor grandparents went to university, including in the UK or abroad)
  • Have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years or are eligible for, or in receipt of, the 16-19 bursary
  • Have been in the care of their local authority for more than three months at any point in their lives;
  • Are an asylum seeker or have refugee status.
  • Have significant caring responsibilities
  • Are estranged from close family members (parents/carers) 

The outcome of your application will be communicated to you via email on the 9th February 2023

If you have any questions, you can contact Libby, the Schools Liaison Officer at Clare College, at

How much does the programme cost?

The programme is completely free to participate in. Accommodation and meals for the residential will be fully covered. We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses to and from Cambridge for the residential in April and the exhibition launch event in September.


Cambridge Future Museum Voices has been launched with generous funding from the Isaac Newton Trust Widening Participation and Induction Fund. We express our thanks to the Isaac Newton Trust for their support of this initiative.

Butterfly museum specimens
Skeletons in museun