Harrow School,
03 - 07 July 2017


Thinking of applying...

Lumina is a free course for Year 12 students attending state schools in Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith, Fulham, Harrow and Kensington & Chelsea, Camden, and the Cities of London and Westminster.

Over five days, learn more about Oxbridge, its admissions process and how to choose the right course and college.

Sharpen your subject knowledge, refine your personal statement and practise your interview technique.

Meet like-minded young people with similar ambitions. Hear from senior Oxbridge staff and get the inside story from current students.

End the course in the know and with the confidence to make a strong application.

To view the course handbook from 2016,   click here.


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Whats Involved

  • Useful talks from informed speakers
  • On-hand experts including Oxbridge lecturers, admissions tutors, graduates and undergraduates
  •   University-style tutorials, presentations, subject tasters and Q&A panels
  •  Day visits to both Oxford and Cambridge
  •    Tailored preparation materials and reading lists to take away

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May 26, 2017

Need a Book to Read this Half-Term?

Finding yourself at a loss about what to read this half-term? How about Richard Holmes’s discipline-crossing The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science?

Have you always thought that poets and scientists were at the opposite end of the spectrum? Well, rewind 200 years, and you’ll find that their work was actually very closely linked. Richard Holmes explores how political and economic changes in Europe led to a broad Romantic movement, which produced more than just literature, music and art, but resulted in the birth of modern science as we know it.  Learn how the word ‘scientist’ appears for the first time in 1834, replacing the previous designation of ‘natural philosopher’. Discover the scientific passions of Humphrey Davy, Joseph Banks and William Herschel amongst others, and consider how writers and artists responded to this shifting intellectual landscape. It’s guaranteed to cover some aspect of your chosen course. So, dip into the past this half-term, in order to better understand our present.

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Jim Hawkins

“Harrow School and Twyford C of E Academies Trust were proud to hold the inaugural Lumina conference in summer 2014, and we thank John Lyon’s Charity for their continuing funding support. Through this programme, we will encourage bright young people across northwest London to aim for Oxford and Cambridge places, and help to create a peer group of like-minded students who not only have similar aspirations but are really well informed about the admissions process.”

Jim Hawkins, Head Master of Harrow School

Alice Hudson, Executive Head of Twyford C of E Academies Trust

Alice Hudson