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All day on Monday 4 April
All day on Tuesday 5 April
All day on Wednesday 6 April
All day on Thursday 7 April
All day on Friday 8 April
All day on Saturday 9 April

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

The Teach-a-thon is a week-long programme of short, interactive sessions aimed at introducing secondary school students to a variety of topics across the arts and humanities, social sciences and STEM fields.

The second annual Gates Scholars’ Teach-a-thon is a week-long programme of short, interactive teaching sessions led by Gates Cambridge Scholars (, a group of international MPhil and PhD students researching a wide variety of topics at the University. These postgraduate students’ research areas span the arts and humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields.

The event is specifically designed for secondary school students who are in the process of choosing their GCSE or A-level subjects or who are thinking about whether they’d like to go to and/or what they’d like to study at university. The sessions aim to excite and inspire students, teach them about a topic they might not learn about as part of their regular school lessons, and give them a glimpse of what it’s like to study at university.

Each day, there will be a new theme (e.g. ‘humanities’ or ‘medicine’), wherein 4-6 Gates Scholars will lead 30-minute interactive sessions on the area that they research. Each session will have a talk about the presenting scholar’s research, activities that encourage participation throughout, and a 10-minute question & answer session at the end, where students can ask anything of our Scholars, from questions about the material to what they studied when they were in secondary school! The sessions are designed to require minimal prior knowledge on the topic, so that they are accessible to all students.

Our first ever Teach-a-thon was held during half-term in 2020, when most students in the UK were receiving at-home educational provision. You can read about the event here: Last year’s event was held in a fully virtual format on Zoom; this year, we plan to hold the majority of sessions virtually again, but we’re exploring the possibility of one day of sessions held in person in Cambridge.

We look forward to running this event for a second year, and will post a full schedule on this page once all sessions are confirmed.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Young Adults 12 – 18
Format: Talk
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream, In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 500
Theme: Discovery
Accessibility: Closed Captions, Partial access - please contact us for details, Transcript
Image copyright: Photo by Andres Urena on Unsplash

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9:30am-8:00pm on Monday 4 April
9:30am-8:00pm on Tuesday 5 April
9:30am-8:00pm on Wednesday 6 April
9:30am-8:00pm on Thursday 7 April
9:30am-8:00pm on Friday 8 April
10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday 9 April
3:00pm-4:30pm on Saturday 9 April
Available on Demand
In person
All Ages

Free exhibition: Monday 4th April - Friday 8th April, 9:30am-8:00pm and Saturday 9th April, 10:00am-5:00pm