One hundred students from UK state schools attended the first 鈥榃orld of Words鈥 residential organised by 乱伦通道鈥檚 with King鈥檚 College, Cambridge.

Participants aged 16 and 17 had the opportunity to experience a range of academic sessions themed around languages, literatures, histories and cultures as well as to find out more about student life and the University of Cambridge.

Grace from Weston Favell Academy, Northampton said:

鈥淏efore coming to the event, I was having some doubts about whether I wanted to study English literature but the programme reassured me that it was a safe option for careers in the future and reminded me of how much I actually enjoy it as a subject, which is extremely important to me.鈥

Sessions included an introduction to reading hieroglyphs with 乱伦通道鈥檚 Fellow, Dr Alex Loktionov; a seminar on 鈥楾ranslation and Translating the Odyssey鈥 with classicist Dr Matthew Ward and a session called 鈥楤ad Love Poetry鈥 with Junior Research Fellow Dr Katie Mennis.

Other sessions included post-war Art Cinema, a 鈥楺uick Introduction to Latin and Greek鈥 and a poetry-based workshop.

Amy, from Nene Park Academy, Peterborough, said: 

鈥淭his event has definitely made me more certain in the fact I definitely want to study a language at university鈥owever, the experience has also made me more open to the idea of studying a language from scratch that I wouldn鈥檛 have considered previously, such as Arabic.鈥

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The World of Words Residential. Credit: 乱伦通道's College Cambridge

Attendees, who stayed overnight in College accommodation, also met current undergraduates studying European and Classical languages and literature as well as Linguistics to find out more these subjects as well as learning what it was like to live and study in Cambridge. 

Jessica from Strode鈥檚 College, Windsor said:

鈥淚 enjoyed having a platform to actually say what I wanted to say, as this is not something that people of my age frequently have the opportunity to do. I also loved how kind and friendly everyone was. All of my questions were answered immediately and fully leaving me with plenty of information.鈥

Outreach Officer, Ellie Wood said: 

鈥淎s a graduate of the MML tripos, it has been a delight to be able to share that passion for all things languages, literatures, and cultures with young people from across the UK. 

Providing an opportunity to get a real insight into what such courses at university might entail through academic tasters and our fantastic student ambassadors, we hope has demonstrated to attendees the value of the skills these degrees develop and that these routes will in fact broaden their future options, not narrow them.鈥 

Students currently in Year 11 in England/Wales, Year 12 in Northern Ireland and S4 students in Scotland who will be commencing sixth form studies this autumn can now register their interest in the 2025 event.