The sun yesterday morning was beaten by the students in Clare College, who were out of bed before it was to head out on trips across the width and breadth of London.
Medicine Prep students left Cambridge at six o’clock to make the journey to King’s College London, one of the UK’s top universities, to visit one of their SaIL Centres. At the cutting edge of medical training, the SaIL –Simulation and Interactive Learning— Centres are focused on eliminating medical error in the hospital, providing students and trained doctors alike with exposure to problems in a safe environment. The training was invaluable, and it was particularly fun to work alongside others from ORA campuses in Oxford. Students were eager to discuss what they had learnt on the streets of London during the rest of the day.
The Law School Prep students left Clare College not much later than their medical counterparts, setting off at 7:30 to travel to the Royal Court of Justice and the Old Bailey. There they saw several very serious cases and discussed the actual workings of the law in a court setting, impressed by the performances of several of the barristers. The Architecture students, meanwhile, travelled to the Architectural Association, one of the UK and the world’s most prestigious schools of architecture, and the British Museum, to see examples of the styles and eras that they have been studying.
In the afternoon, the students already in London were reunited with the rest of the students in Clare College. Having been shown the theatre at which all were to convene in the evening, a few hours of free time were given in which they had the chance to explore the city; and then, as darkness fell, it was to the theatre again for a performance of the hit musical Wicked.