Social events

The GSS 2015 programme includes lots of exciting social events and optional workshops in addition to the evening activities. On Saturday afternoon before our formal dinner at St. John’s College, you can also look forward to an optional Tai Chi and Irish dancing class!


Friday (15:40 – 17:00): Poetry & Beatboxing Workshop

This exciting blend of writing and performance approaches will enable participants to experiment with building any story into an oral and written piece. By employing writing techniques, performing and beat-boxing, you will work closely with the workshop leader to weave these into a final creative work, suitable for both the page and the stage. Workshop participants will have the chance to share their work in the evening.

Workshop Leader: Marv Radio

This workshop is led by Marv Radio, a rapping, singing, beat boxing, looping and sound healing force of nature. Performing at live events for over 10 years at top live venues, events and festivals, his music has taken to radio from France to Lithuania and even the Amazon rainforest. He has over 7 years of workshop experience and has taught countless participants from the age of 4 to 45 how to beat box, rap and write songs and poetry. His releases include The Limitless Mixtape, “The Lifecycle EP” and the new EP “Change the Radio”.

Saturday (14:20 – 15:50): Historic Walking Tour of Cambridge

This tour will guide participants through the beautiful gardens and colleges of Cambridge. The tour will focus on Cambridge alumni who made incredible differences in the world through history from its start in the 1200s to now! Participants will also learn about Cambridge legends like Newton’s mathematical bridge.

Sunday (12:20-13:10): Masks and Empathy Workshop

Everyone might wear a ‘mask’, some as a habitual coping strategy, others more consciously. This workshop will model useful techniques of using a mask hailed by the award-winning Geese Theatre Company. Activities will provoke reflection on how people’s thoughts and feelings inform their attitudes or behaviour. This can prove incredibly motivating in boosting your listening skills, understanding empathy; or a valuable arts-based approach to incorporate in your research.

Workshop Leader: Tom Mellor

Tom Mellor, formerly of The Geese Theatre Company, has performed as a mask actor all over UK. A founder of the restorative justice team in Cambridge, his expertise and experiences span from facilitating workshops for professionals, offenders and youth in the public sector and the criminal justice system. He also worked on the research-generated films “My name is Joe”, and “Finding My Way”, an award winning animated documentary about the challenges and expectations of leaving local authority care.

Fireside Chats

Intimate fireside chats with speakers and panelists will take place in the following pubs in Cambridge. Check the programme for the latest updates about venues.


The Mill

The Granta

Cafe Milano

The Grain Store

The Hopbine

All Bar One

Evening Activities

Friday’s fireside chats will be followed by an informal dinner at the Cambridge Union. On Saturday, we’ll enjoy a formal dinner at one of Cambridge’s most historic colleges, St. John’s. The college was founded in 1511 and is one of the most iconic points of architecture in Cambridge.

The dress code for Saturday night’s dinner is smart.