We are delighted to announce that our 2016 Oxbridge Advanced Studies Program brochure has just been published and is available to view online here: bucksmore.com/ebrochure/oasp/Bucksmore.html. Please contact us if you would like a copy posted to you as well. They are also available to download as pdfs here: www.bucksmore.com/downloads.
In summer 2016 the Oxbridge Advanced Studies Program will be run in two locations: Brasenose College, Oxford University (OASP) and Magdalene College, Cambridge University (CASP).
CASP and OASP are our most advanced programmes, designed for American students and near-native English speakers. Students choose two tutorial subjects to study from a long list of options and the class size is between 1 and 6 students depending on the popularity of that particular subject. They will also receive a one-to-one tutorial every week in both subjects in 2016. Please note that some subjects are only available in one location. See pages 10 to 13 for the full list of courses available. Detailed course outlines will soon be available to download from our website. I will let you know as soon as they are ready.
The course also includes creative workshops, Master Classes in key skills and optional SAT or IELTS preparation at no extra cost. As with all Bucksmore summer programmes, excursions, activities and everything else is all included. The other exciting addition for 2014 is a Varsity competition between the two campuses. CASP students will visit Oxford and OASP students will visit Cambridge to compete in debates etc and to socialise with students from the other campus.
We ask that all non-native English speakers have at least a C1 level of English, attach our English language placement test for 2016 and also attach our 2016 registration form to their applications. Students should complete all sections of this including the personal statement.
OASP and CASP are fantastic courses for ambitious high-school students looking for a challenging and stimulating summer program.
Last month, the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams was admitted as the new Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge University. Lord Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 until 2012, which is the highest ranking post in the Anglican Church. Among his many duties, he is perhaps best known to a global audience as the man who married Kate and William at Westminster Abbey!
Lord Williams is now the official figurehead of Magdalene College. The Master of a Cambridge College officiates at all the official ceremonies and heads the Governing Body (a collection of Fellows who look after the running of the college).
A full report of the ceremony and more information about the new Master and his duties can be found here: Press Release from Magdalene College.
Bucksmore has strong ties to Magdalene College in Cambridge – it’s one of our 2 new centres for 2013 and it’s also Matt’s old college. So therefore we are delighted to report that the ex-Master and Honorary Fellow* of Magdalene, Sir John Gurdon has recently won the Nobel Prize for Medicine. We are an English Language schools so we won’t even begin to try to explain what exactly the Prize is for. We are told that it is for ‘nuclear programming’ which is ‘a process that instructs adult cells to form early stem cells which can then be used to form any tissue type.’ Nothing to do with nuclear energy at all.
This sets an extremely high standard for our new Cambridge Advanced Studies Program in Magdalene. Students who choose to study Biology and the sciences on CASP will definitely be in the right place… Magdalene now has 6 Nobel prize winners attached to the college. See if you recognise any of these famous Magdalene Nobel Prize winners:
Rudyard Kipling, Honorary Fellow (1907, Literature)
Patrick Blackett, 1919 Undergraduate (1948, Physics)
TS Eliot, Honorary Fellow (1948, Literature)
Nelson Mandela, Honorary Fellow (1993, Peace)
Seamus Heaney, Honorary Fellow (1995, Literature)
John Gurdon, Former Master & Honorary Fellow (2012, Medicine)
Read the full article here: www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9593459/Britains-Sir-John-Gurdon-wins-Nobel-Prize-for-medicine.html
*Every Cambridge college has a Master who is head of the college. Fellows are what professors are called in Cambridge. When a fellow retires and doesn’t teach at the college any more, s/he might be made an Honorary Fellow if they’re famous.