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. You can check out what we’ve got on at Univ 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 provisional programme of the subject meetings with Univ’s tutors can be viewed in this timetable.
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. The talks we have on offer in 2019 are:
Wednesday 3 July
- 2.30- 3.15pm – “Making a Competitive Application, and Q&A”, with Nelli Chamings-Manley, Univ’s Schools Liaison and Access Officer.
- 2.30-3.15pm – “Teachers talk”, with Bruce Forman, Univ’s Admissions Manager
- 3.15-4.00pm – “Exploring Beyond the School Syllabus” – 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
Thursday 4 July
- 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: email@example.com
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.
Meet our Student Helpers
Riley – 1st Year PPE
My name is Riley, and I am in my first year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. I love studying Political Theory, especially Rousseau. During my time at Univ so far, I have tried my best at playing football now and again (it’s the taking part that counts), and I have also co-founded a football podcast series, which has been rejected by 100% of the radio stations we have applied to appear on (again, it’s the taking part that counts).
Memoona – 1st year Experimental Psychology
Hi! My name is Memoona, and I’m a First-Year studying Experimental Psychology at Univ! I’m originally from Karachi, Pakistan, but I grew up in South West England. I chose psychology because of my interest in working with children who have special educational needs! In my spare time, I enjoy punting on the river, creative writing, and anything musical. I’d love to tell you about my experience at Univ, so do come and say hi and ask me any questions at all!
Bridget – 1st year Biomed
Hi, my name is Bridget and I’m a first year student here studying biomedical sciences, with an interest in neuroscience. In the year I’ve been here I’ve learned and experienced a lot, not only about my subject but about the college and living in oxford, so feel free to ask me any questions. I have also danced at balls, tried rugby and rowing and am on the university cheerleading team so can also answer questions you have about sports and societies.
Kavit – 3rd year PPE
Hi, I’m Kavit. I’ve just finished my final year as an undergraduate in PPE. I’ve found the degree to be hugely rewarding, and the breadth it offered suited my interests perfectly. Outside of my degree, I have enjoyed spending time in Oxford playing tennis and taking my camera around the city.
Connie – 1st year PPE
Hi everyone, my name is Connie and I have just finished my first year of PPE here at Univ. This stands for Philosophy, Politics and Economics and I have enjoyed studying all 3 of those areas this year even though my main interests are politics and economics. Outside of my degree, I love going to extra talks and seminars to do with my subject, there is always something on here – whether it be organised by a particular tutor, department or college. I also enjoy playing college sports, mainly rugby and football, as well as some casual sports outside of college. This is not only to keep me fit but also for the social side- I was UNIV WRFC social sec in HT19 and I am currently my 5 a side team’s social sec.
Charlotte – 2nd year Classics
I’m Charlotte and I’m a second year studying Classics IIA (no prior ancient languages; I started Latin from scratch in first year and have chosen to start ancient Greek in 3rd year). I enjoy the wide variety of disciplines that Classics covers but since coming to Oxford, I’ve developed a particular interest in Classical archaeology (which I had no prior experience of). In my free time I enjoy painting and illustrating in various types of media.
Lizzie – 2nd year Medicine
Hi, I’m Lizzie and I’m a second year medical student studying here at Univ. As well as spending my days in the lab or at lectures, I enjoy playing football for Univ and taking lots of photos of all the amazing buildings around Oxford! Feel free to ask me any questions about university life, medicine at Oxford or anything else that you think of during the open day.
Leonie – 1st year Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Hi! My name is Leonie, I’m from Belgium, and I just finished my first year of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. I’m particularly interested in the Roman archaeology from the reign of the emperor Hadrian. Alongside my degree, I enjoy running, going to plays, or just having a chat with friends in one of Oxford’s many cosy cafés.
Alysa – 2nd year Mathematics
Hi! I’m Alysa – I’m a 2nd year studying maths at Univ. I’m also in the college choir, I used to do Karate and I have participated in some programmes through the Careers Service so please ask any questions about maths/ extracurricular opportunities at Oxford (and I will try my best to answer them!) Hope you have a lovely day.
Ellie – 2nd year Experimental Psychology
Hello, my name is Ellie and I am a second year studying Experimental Psychology at Univ. I am a member of both the women’s rugby team and I row for Univ’s boat club. I am also the social secretary of Oxford’s Psychology Society so I organise the range of social activities that take place across the year. In my first year, I also trained as a peer supporter so I act as a counsellor within college who can be available for confidential chats. I have both participated in and worked on the Opportunity Programme, a scheme in place here to provide places for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Ethan – 1st year History
Hi I’m Ethan and I’ve just finished my first year here at univ studying history. Univ and Oxford is a great place to study history or study whatever subject your passionate about. I’m also very much much involeved in college life being a member of the rugby, football and rounders teams and hope to show you today why studying and living at univ is a fantastic experience for all.
Euan – 1st year History
Hi, I’m Euan. I’m a first year history student from Glasgow. So far, I’ve loved every minute of my time here – the night work has been everything I dreamed it would be and there have been so many opportunities to make friends and create wonderful memories.
Heba – 2nd year Law
Hello! My name is Heba and I am a second year, studying Law. I am the current JCR President, which means I oversee all of the Undergraduates of the college and I do things like organise Welcome Week for the freshers when they first arrive. I also love exploring the different libraries in Oxford as we have some beautiful architecture here.
Misha – 3rd year Russian and Czech (with Slovak)
Hiya there! My name is Misha and I’m a third year Modern Languages student, doing Russian and Czech. I’m keen on college sport, especially football, and captained a valiant Univ team in my second year. I have just come back from my year abroad and looking forward to returning to Univ life.
Ruqayah – 2nd year Law
Hi! My name is Ruqayah and I’m a Law undergraduate at Univ. I received an offer from Univ via our Opportunity Scheme. In my spare time, I involve myself in the JCR (I’m our Women’s Rep) and also run a student-led magazine I started at Univ called ‘Roots and their Branches’. Each issue of the magazine has an eclectic range of work from Univites and we work to publish two issues a year!
Malhar – 2nd year Biochemistry
Hi, I’m Malhar, a second year student of Biochemistry at Univ! I’m an international student from India, and am involved with South Asian societies like the Oxford Majlis, as well as with the Students’ Union. I was the international rep last year, and in my free time I enjoy sketching and writing. I look forward to welcoming you all at Univ!
Charlie – 1st year Chemistry
Hey, I’m Charlie, a first year Chemist at Univ. This year, I’ve really enjoyed working in such an academically stimulating environment, around other people who love their subjects as much as I do. I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to make new friends is through trying out new sports and have had lots of fun rowing, playing rugby, and playing football for Univ, however, my favourite thing about Univ is the strong sense of community throughout the college.
Esther – 1st year French and Beginner’s Russian
Hi and welcome to Univ! I am Esther, a first year student studying French and Beginners’ Russian. My first year at Uni has been very exciting. I have made new friends, learnt a new language, enjoyed training for athletics and am currently making preparations for my year abroad!
Katie – 1st year Experimental Psychology
Hi and welcome to Univ! I’m Katie, a first-year student studying Experimental Psychology and I’m from North Yorkshire. At uni I’m involved in lots of extracurriculars; one of these is being a Univ ambassador which involves helping at events like this one! I love sports, so I’m captain of the Univ hockey team, play college football, and even find time to ice skate at the weekend. I also volunteer with Project SOUP and attend Univ Board Games Society.
Stuart – 1st year Engineering Science
I am a first year studying engineering. Univ is an excellent college for engineering as the tutors are all very experienced, kind, and keen for you to succeed. Other than my course, I am a member of the chapel choir , which is a vibrant and welcoming community,and a member of the UCMS committee as well as having a little involvement with the JCR (as the Admiral of the Fleet!) and smaller clubs such as the board games society.
Samantha – 1st year Chemistry
Hi, I’m Samantha. I’m a first year chemist here at Univ. As a chemist my days are quite full but around my studies I enjoy playing hockey as well as sitting down with a good book. Most of all I love having a good chat and time to hang out with my friends.
Holly – 1st year Engineering Science
Hi, I’m Holly! I’ve just finished my first year at Univ on the engineering course. We still study all the branches of engineering at this point but I’m really enjoying the broad range of my course so please ask me if you have any questions. Outside of work, I sing in the college choir and am also on the University dance team which covers everything from tap to Hip-Hop. I’ve been lucky enough to compete across the country as well as put on a full dance show in Oxford and go on tour to Spain with the choir.
Alisa – 3rd year History
Hi, I’m Alisa and I’m a historian in my final year. My favourite period of history is the Cold War, a period I loved writing about in my thesis concerning Polish jazz in the Communist era. Alongside writing too many essays, I have served as Women’s Vice Captain for our Boat Club, and over the last year I have loved singing in a soul/funk band called the Peer Revue, with whom I’ve performed at many balls and events.
Glyn – 1st year PPE
Hey there, I’m Glyn! I’ve just finished my first year doing PPE here at Univ. Since coming to university, I have particularly enjoyed studying Philosophy and Political Theory for the first time. Coming from a small village (Llangeitho) in rural west Wales, Oxford was a massive culture shift, but the community in college has made me feel right at home. Alongside my degree, I’ve enjoyed getting involved with the Univ Players drama group and the uni-wide LGBTQ+ Society.
Ffion – 2nd year History and Politics
Hello! My name is Ffion and I’m a 2nd Year undergraduate studying History and Politics here at Univ. Coming to University for me ( as it is for most of us) was a big step – I’m the first of my family to get a university education, and I am so lucky that I chose Univ to be my home! Being a student here is nothing short of amazing and whilst like all places I’m kept busy with work there are so many things to do – in my spare time I row and play rugby for college as well as represent Univ as our Access and Equalities Officer on the JCR Committee!
Sam – 1st year History
Hi, I’m Sam, I’m a First Year Historian with a preference for Medieval and Early Modern periods. Other interests include rowing, cricket, student journalism, JazzSoc, Wine Society, and travelling (over summer I’m doing anthropological work in Nepal).
Ellie – 1st year Biochemistry
My name is Ellie and I am a first year undergraduate studying biochemistry at Univ. Alongside my degree I enjoy getting involved with different sports such as college rowing and also university tennis, I also like playing the clarinet and love music so this year I went to a music society at a different college.
Talis – 2nd year Russian and Beginner’s Czech (with Slovak)
Hi, my name is Talis and I’m a second year language student. Univ has become my second home over these past couple of years: studying and living here has been brilliant, thanks to the abundance of culture and opportunities available here (in addition to a nurturing academic environment). Whilst here, I’ve been able to pursue my interests in music, drama and poetry aside from my studies.
Harry – 1st year Mathematics
Hi, I’m Harry and I currently spend my days studying Maths as a fresher. In the evenings I enjoy playing a range of different board games with various numbers of people in our JCR. I am a keen pianist and I regularly perform in concerts at the Master’s Lodgings. I also enjoy quizzes and I often tune in to watch Only Connect with a group of others to play along with.
Luke – 1st year Classics
Hi! I’m Luke, I’m 19, and I’ve just finished my first year reading Classics. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why I chose to study two dead languages, but I’d say it probably started with my interest in ancient art and sculpture, and spiralled outwards from there into a desire to learn what life was like for people in ancient Rome or Greece – real people, not just the rich and famous ones. Outside of academics, I’ve been trying – emphasis on “trying” – to stay fit, as well as writing and performing stand-up comedy whenever possible.
George – 1st year Engineering Science
My name is George and I’m a first year Engineering student with a specific interest in Aerospace and Electronical Engineering. Alongside my degree at University College I play for the college Hockey team every Sunday and more casually I am a part of the college board games society which meets every week. I also enjoy swimming and running on a less organised basis.
Joshua – 3rd year PPE
Hi, I’m Josh. I’m a final year student from East London, studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. I am particularly interested in industrial economics and the philosophy of religion. Fun facts: I once represented Oxford at Quidditch (it’s a real sport) and I’m a big Arsenal fan.
Rosie – 3rd year Classics
Hiya, I study Classics IB and am about to go into my final year (!!) Classics is one of the most rewarding degrees and there are so many variations of joint honours that can be taken with it so you can even tailor it to you! Come and find me today if you have any questions about working out what combination could work for you, or about Classics or life at Univ in general!
Lewis – 1st year Biochemistry
Hi, I’m Lewis, I’ve just finished my first year as a Biochemistry undergraduate at Univ and what a great year it has been. In one word my time in Oxford so far has been busy! There have been so many opportunities to get involved, with events set up by Univ’s amazing JCR (Junior Common Room) and as a student ambassador too. I’m also a coach and the president of the Oxford Gymnastics Club which is very rewarding.
Jodie – 3rd year History and Politics
Hi, my name is Jodie and I’m a Scottish student from Edinburgh. My degree is History and Politics, which I enjoy because of the breadth of my options – even in my final year, I have studied history of three continents and my politics papers range from evidence-based International Relations to more abstract Political Theory. Alongside my studies, I play water polo and have been President of the University Water Polo Club. I also do college rugby and enjoy the community I get from both. One of the most rewarding parts of my degree has been joining Oxford Positive Investment, a student led group working in Oxford and across the UK to encourage sustainable use of finance as a way to combat climate change. I have loved my time at Univ and will be sad to leave in September!
Isabel – 1st year PPE
Hiya, I’m Izzy a first year PPEist here at Univ. I’ve loved my time here so far – it’s crazy busy but so much fun. Somehow alongside my degree I’ve been able to fit in playing for the university lacrosse term, running the video section of Cherwell (one of the student newspapers here in Oxford) and way too many college sports. I’m really happy to answer literally any questions you have though about Univ or Oxford in general.
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.
Tuesday 2 July (fully booked)
Wednesday 3 July (provisionally fully booked)
Thursday 19 September (8 places left)
Please contact the Schools Liaison and Access Officer to express and interest. E: firstname.lastname@example.org