Dr Sam Lucy, Admissions Tutor
I’m responsible for the overall admissions process, with the help of Alice and Sophie. I also take part in many of the Arts and Social Science interviews. I’m an archaeologist specialising in late Roman and Anglo-Saxon burial and settlement, and remain an active researcher. Having been to a comprehensive school and a sixth-form college myself, I’m keen to make sure that prospective applicants have all the information they need to make a realistic application.
Alice Smalley, Admissions Coordinator
I studied History at Newnham, graduating in 2009, before undertaking further postgraduate study in Victorian history.
I provide administrative support to the Admissions Tutor and the Graduate Tutor for all aspects of the admissions process for all students: receiving and filing applications, sending out letters and emails, scheduling interviews, and answering questions from prospective applicants, applicants and offerholders. Additionally, I help the Admissions Tutor and the Schools Liaison Officer with Open Days, school visits and other events.
I also deputise for the Tutorial Office Manager and assist the Tutorial Office with visa administration.
Sophie Parry, Schools Liaison Officer
As Schools Liaison Officer, I work with schools and teachers to create informative and engaging outreach events for their pupils. We host visits to Newnham from schools around the UK, and work closely with schools in our link areas (Birmingham, Walsall, Enfield, Redbridge, and Dagenham and Barking). I also visit schools in our link areas to give talks on different aspects of higher education.
I have recently graduated from Cambridge, after studying Education with Music at Christ’s College, which I thoroughly enjoyed. As a student, I also had the opportunity to get involved in various Access and Outreach events. I was the JCR Access Officer at Christ’s during my second year, and thoroughly enjoyed giving presentations and tours during open days and school visits. I took part in the CUSU Shadowing Scheme, and have returned to both my comprehensive school and sixth form college to give information and advice about applying to Oxbridge, and to university as a whole. From my own personal experience, I know how much of a difference Access and Outreach initiatives can make for young people who have apprehensions about applying to institutions such as Cambridge. In my role as Schools Liaison Officer, I am keen to continue providing accurate support and guidance about higher education, and hope to raise aspirations of students who may feel that they aren’t ‘good enough’ or ‘won’t fit in’ in universities like Oxbridge.