The second night of debates – a winning team is announced
Students were back to their normal routine of morning classes and afternoon workshops today, after yesterday’s day off at Warwick Castle. In first period, English Literature students were treated to a guest lecture on Shakespeare with Dr David Tolley, a Lecturer from the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford. Meanwhile, Dr Sam Vinko, a Lecturer and Research Fellow from the Department of Physics at Oxford came to speak to the Maths & Engineering students about the latest research into Machine Learning and its implications for artificial intelligence.
In the afternoon, mock Oxbridge-style interviews were held for students who wanted to experience a realistic interview situation for their preferred course at Cambridge (or in some cases, Oxford). Subject tutors held interviews for students wishing to apply for Medicine, Law, History, Mathematics, Computer Science and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Oxbridge. Students will get individual feedback in a dedicated 1-on-1 feedback session later this week. Other students who did not want to undertake a mock interview had time for private study, to work on their Week 2 assignments.
House parents also offered all students the chance to sign up for a college visit tomorrow afternoon – students chose which of Cambridge’s historic college they’d prefer to look around on a pre-booked visit, from a list including Downing College, Emmanuel College, Queens College and Trinity Hall.
It was then time for Part II of Debate Night this evening, with six further teams arguing their case in front of the whole summer school – tonight’s motions were:
- This House believes that Cambridge University should have quotas for disadvantaged students
- This House believes that nobody has the right not to be offended
- This House believes that video games are a valuable use of time
The winning team was the proposition for the first motion, who all won vouchers for Jack’s Gelato in central Cambridge.