Open Days are the perfect way of helping you make up your mind if you are thinking of applying to University College, or are unsure which Oxford college to choose.
You can come on your own, with a group from your school or college, or with a parent or guardian. Open Days provide a chance for you to find out all about life at the College and to meet current students and tutors. We run a laid back Open Day at Univ with a programme of College tours with a current undergraduates, a spread of tea party-style refreshments in our lovely gardens (weather dependant!), and informal subject meetings with Univ’s tutors.
The next Open Days will take place on 3 and 4 July, and 20 September 2019. Most colleges and departments will open their doors to prospective students on these days. Full details of Univ’s programme will be available from spring 2019. You can check out the programme usually on offer at a Univ Open Day below. You may also want to check out the University-wide programme at ox.ac.uk.
What's on at Univ?
Meet our students
From 10am to 5pm there will be a friendly group of current Univ undergraduates to welcome you, tell you about student life, share their experiences of applying to Oxford, and answer your questions. The undergraduates will be taking visitors on tours of the College at regular intervals throughout the day – there’s no need to book, just turn up and let us know you’d like to have a tour. Get a peek inside a range of our student accommodation; see the dining hall, library, common room and more.
Meet our Tutors
As well as meeting our students, we aim to offer the opportunity for visitors to meet a subject representative alongside other prospective applicants. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask questions and find out more details about the course in an informal setting. There is no need to book a place for these sessions, but tutors will be available at different times throughout the middle of the day period (12.15-2.15pm). Some are hosted at the departments but most are hosted in College. For in-College meetings guests will need to come to the welcome desk (5 minutes before for non-drop-in meetings) to be directed to the appropriate room.
A programme of the subject meetings with Univ’s tutors will be made available from late May 2019.
Talks and workshops
There will be a series of talks and workshops on offer to prospective applicants, parents and teachers during the afternoon. Interested visitors should come to the College “Welcome Desk” to be taken to the appropriate rooms. In 2018 the talks on offer were as follows. Check back in the spring for the 2019 programme of talks and workshops.
- 2.30- 3.15pm – “Making a Competitive Application, and Q&A”, with Dr Andrew Bell, Univ’s Senior Tutor
- 2.30-3.15pm – “Teachers talk”, with Bruce Forman, Univ’s Admissions Manager
- 3.15-4.00pm – “Making a Competitive Application, and Q&A” – with Dr Andrew Bell, Univ’s Senior Tutor
- 3.15-4.00pm – “Exploring Beyond the School Syllabus” – with Nelli Chamings-Manley, Univ’s Schools Liaison and Access Officer. This workshop will give prospective applicants a wide range of ideas for how they can stretch themselves beyond the school curriculum in preparation for a university application
You do not need to book for these talks. Spaces will be available on a first come first served basis and in the case of high attendance we may have to turn some attendees away.
Check out our FAQs below for further information or contact The Schools Liaison and Access Officer, Nelli Chamings-Manley T: 01865 286565 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would also encourage all prospective students to sign up to Univ’s social media channels. Both Facebook and Twitter provide regular information about College and the wider Oxford student experience, a range of videos on all aspects of life at Univ can be found on our YouTube channel and we also post regularly to Instagram.
Please do also explore the rest of our website which includes information on our History and College Buildings, Course at Univ, a list of our Academics and a great deal more about both learning and living at Univ.
Who should come to an Open Day?
If you are thinking of applying to Oxford then we encourage you to come to one of our Open Days. You might want to check first whether University College offers the course you want to study by exploring our Courses at Univ pages.
Most students attending will be in Year 12 or 13 (aged 16-18), but younger students are very welcome too! You will have the opportunity to chat to current Univ students, be shown around the College, meet subject tutors and hear a talk from the Schools Liaison and Access Officer. All of these activities offer a chance to get a real insight into life at University College and to discuss any questions or worries you may have about the admissions process.
Do I need to book a place on an Open Day?
You don’t need to book to visit Univ. Prospective candidates and their families are most welcome to visit the College informally between 10.00am and 5.00pm on any of our Open Days, and should simply report to the welcome desk when they arrive. There is no need to register, and tours of the College will be available on a regular basis. However, other Colleges and Departments may require booking for some activities, so it is advisable to check with individual Colleges and Departments that you are keen to visit.
How do I make the most of my visit?
As well as exploring Univ, prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the relevant departments. Univ is conveniently located right next door to the University Examination Schools – this space is used to host a variety of Open Day talks provided by the central university admissions and enquiries team.
A very full programme of events is put on across the university. There is not a single route around the University’s events, rather visitors can plan a day bespoke to their interests and needs. We strongly advise visitors to plan their route around the Open Day in advance to ensure they make the most of all that is on offer. General information about what is being offered across the wider University (as well as details of what needs booking) is available at ox.ac.uk
What if I can’t make the Open Day dates?
You are very welcome to visit the College, and can drop in any day between 9.00am and 5.00pm to look around independently; just tell the porters that you are a prospective student and ask them for a copy of our prospectus and alternative prospectus. Note you can also access these resources electronically here. Please note that it is not possible to arrange individual meetings with subject tutors.
How do I get to Univ?
Is accommodation available?
We usually are able to offer a limited number of rooms on the night prior to each open day. These are offered on a B&B basis for school groups (no individuals), coming from 2.5 hours away from Oxford or more, if accompanied by a teacher. Details of availability will be published here in the spring . Please contact the Schools Liaison and Access Officer to express and interest. E: email@example.com