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Thousands expected to attend Cambridge University postgrad open day tomorrow

By Ben Comber

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz will commence the Open Day by emphasising the crucial contribution post-grads make to the UK's global standing.

What's on?

At the Engineering Department, visitors will tour the new Dyson Centre for Engineering Design (opened 2016) and quiz researchers from the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory. Prospective students will meet senior academics including energy expert Professor Simone Hochgreb

An opportunity to discuss Cambridge’s involvement in the first ‘galactic census’ with the Gaia satellite team at the Institute of Astronomy. In September, detailed information about more than a billion stars in the Milky Way was published after Cambridge researchers collected vast quantities of data transmitted by the satellite to a data processing centre at the University

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute will be giving tours of its world-class research facilities

The Judge Business School will be running an interactive entrepreneurship session

At the Computer Laboratory, visitors will meet leading academics including Head of Department, Professor Andy Hopper, a major figure in the British computing industry

In the History Faculty, Dr Sujit Sivasundaram, Reader in World History, will chair a discussion about research on Sri Lanka conducted at Cambridge, as a taster of the global research agenda from which postgraduate students can benefit. Dr Sivasundaram first came to Cambridge from Sri Lanka in 1994 to study engineering, before moving on to natural sciences, followed by history and philosophy of science, and then world history

At the Department of Veterinary Medicine, visitors can attend a seminar by Dr Eleanor Raffan entitled ‘Woofing it down- lessons on the neurobiology of appetite from man’s best friend’

The University expects around 1,500 prospective postgraduate students from the UK and overseas to attend the open day, which comprises 130 departmental and 100 College events spread across the city.

Professor Borysiewicz will say: “Postgraduates at Cambridge are powerful drivers of precisely the kind of innovation which generates economic growth, jobs and global partnerships, all of which Britain will need as it prepares to leave the European Union.

“Today is an opportunity to celebrate the University’s global outlook, its world-class research, teaching and facilities, and its ambitious plans for the future.

“We will show prospective students from all over the World that they are the lifeblood of this University and that we can give them the support and inspiration they need build on Cambridge’s extraordinary achievements.”

Cambridge’s postgraduate student body comprises more than 9,500 students and over half of these researchers come from outside the UK. The University offers more than 300 postgraduate courses across more than 50 Faculties, Departments and Centres.

Alex Kendall applied to Cambridge after studying mechatronics engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is now a member of the Engineering Department’s Machine Intelligence Lab. Alex said: “I came here because of the fantastic history of cutting-edge research. The resources are amazing and I have a brilliant supervisor - he has been the perfect mentor to get me started in the field. I’ve also had great support from my College and being at Cambridge has opened doors to present my research on the world stage.”


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