"If you want to be interesting, be interested." Paul Arden
For the best universities a pro-active, academic curiosity is essential in successful applicants. This is not something that can be rapidly established at the last moment before application – it is a state of mind and a habit engrained over previous years and fostered within schools and homes.
It is often difficult to know where to look for such information but a good a starting point is this list of podcasts from the Stephen Perse School in Cambridge. Pupils should also ask their teachers about where they can look or what books to read to find out more about their subject.
We also try and list suitable links on our twitter feed under the beinterested hashtag. The list below should show the most recent.

JHGSHW Via Matt Kite: Recommended: Last night's BBC Panorama about curing paralysis (it even featured old boy Heston Blumenthal!) #beinterested
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JHGSHW From the Science Dept: There will be v bright #ISS pass over the UK tonight! For times and info visit meteorwatch.org #beinterested
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JHGSHW Last night's episode of #humanuniverse was full of big ideas. Highly recommended for those interested in maths and physics #beinterested
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JHGSHW Pupils going on next week's year 11 battlefields trip may #beinterested in #WW1 in Google Street View (via @guardian theguardian.com/cities/gallery…
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