The first students from our 2014-15 pilot year started graduating from university this summer. Well done to one and all!
We are delighted to still be in touch with almost all of them. Several are working with younger Linacre students as tutors or teachers, and we are still supporting some with mentoring and other help.
Welcome to the first annual Linacre Alumni News (or LAN if you like). This is the first year of the Alumni Society and it has been a busy one! The Society’s main aims are to provide a networking and support system for alumni of the Linacre Institute, both at university and beyond. This newsletter is in line with our principles aiming to give members a chance to share experiences, opportunities and big news, as well as keeping us all up to date with what's happening within the society.
Finishing first year at Clare College, Cambridge, reading English
"As I’m approaching the end of my first year at Cambridge I can honestly say that it has gone by so quickly. It’s scary to think that a third of my time here will be completed in a matter of weeks, which is a sobering fact, and an ugly one too! My pathway to getting here was chaotic. I missed my offer, I waited nervously for an outcome, I was pooled to a college I had never heard of, and I arrived at the gates of Clare College a complete stranger. I can wholeheartedly say that I couldn’t have wished for a better home."
Just finished at Durham, reading PPE. First Linacre cohort.
"In 2014, I was a part of the first Linacre cohort and was asked to write a case study about my time on the programme, citing the way that they helped with applications and my confidence. I also noted that the Institute influenced my university choices as well. The three years that I have spent at university have been life-changing and I would not hesitate to recommend Durham as a university and a city to live in. The opportunities to participate in societies and work experience has been ever present throughout my time and I’ve done things that I never thought that I could."
Kia attended Wales High School in Rotherham and was part of our first cohort of students.
"Travelling to Memphis and presenting my research was not only a great personal journey, but undoubtedly the most incredible opportunity of my academic career so far."
Third year at Edinburgh reading Scandinavian Studies and English, currently on a year abroad.
"I am now in my third year at The University of Edinburgh studying Scandinavian Studies and English Literature. This is my dream degree. I am well aware of how odd it is or may seem to be to any people, and I know many people who have doubts about its value, but anybody who has spoken to me about will know that it fulfills everything I want from a degree."
First year at Cambridge reading Natural Sciences.
"I’m Kayden, and I’m a first year Cambridge BioNatSci and ex-Linacre student. It’s well into the first term now, and I can’t think of anywhere else where I would rather be studying. It’s a beautiful place, with so many things to be involved in."
Final year at school, hoping to read Medicine.
"I'm from a mining village in the midlands of about 4000 people. My secondary school was two villages away, but after I finished Year 11 the closest sixth form to me was Netherthorpe in Staveley, so I made a fresh start there. I'm now a Y13 student and spent last summer involved in the 2017 Linacre programme."