The Shadowing Scheme is the UK’s largest free student-led access initiative, which runs Thursday-Saturday residential* over three weeks for Year 12 (or equivalent) and mature students studying at a state school in the UK.  Shadows almost entirely come from WP (Widening Participation) backgrounds, including:

  • First-generation students (People whose parents never attended higher education)
  • Looked after and Estranged children
  • Young carers
  • Free school meals/Pupil Premium recipients
  • Students from schools where ‘top university’ entry is not the norm
  • & Those identified as particularly underrepresented

Students shadow (accompany) a current student during their day to day activities, and this creates an opportunity for them to get a valuable and immersive insight into Cambridge student life. Throughout the scheme, students have access to a secure online platform, where they can continue to talk to their mentors once the scheme ends.

Being a mentor is a fantastic experience. You can meet new people, share your passion for your subject, and help make a real difference to a disadvantaged prospective student.

You can get in touch with your Undergraduate Access, Education & Participation Officer if you have any questions.