Tower Hamlets students get a taste of life at Cambridge University

Bilal Domun and Paris Walker in the gardens of Cambridge University

Bilal Domun and Paris Walker in the gardens of Cambridge University - Credit: Archant

Two pupils traded Cambridge Heath for Cambridge University for a few days as part of a shadowing scheme.

Paris Walker and Bilal Domun teamed up with current students to attend lectures, supervisions and social events.

Bilal, who attends the sixth form college in Hadleigh Street, said: “I wanted to have a taster and a realistic idea of Cambridge student life. I’m now thinking of applying.”

The shadowing scheme has been running for fourteen years and allows hopeful teenagers to experience all aspects of university life.

Organised by the Cambridge University Students’ Union, it aims to give bright young people from non-university backgrounds the chance to experience life at a top university.

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Sam Ruiz, who helped organise this year’s scheme said: “We know that some students may be put off applying to Cambridge by misconceptions and negative stereotypes, while others just may not have considered Cambridge or Higher Education as viable options at all.

“We hope the experience students like Bilal and Paris get from the shadowing scheme will help them to make informed choices about their options post sixth-form.”

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Applications for the 2015 scheme will open in October.

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