To ensure the safety of our staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is not currently able to accept visits from prospective applicants or school groups. We anticipate this remaining the case until at least January 2021. We look forward to re-opening for visits once we can do so responsibly. In the meantime, we encourage prospective applicants and teachers to make full use of the College and the University’s online resources. You may be interested in our Virtual Open Day resources, which include a virtual tour, videos and student profiles in a variety of formats. Do also explore Staircase12, Univ’s digital outreach pages including a large resource hub and bank of book reviews to help you explore your subject interests beyond school. We also highly recommend Oxplore and the University’s Digital Resource hub.
University College’s Schools Liaison Office provides a wide range of information, events and resources to help inspire the next generation of Univ students. From our yearly teachers’ conference to taster and study days for secondary school students, and our and our successful and popular Ambassador Scheme – we help provide the decision making tools needed by both students and teachers alike.
Students and teachers should also explore our Staircase12 pages. Staircase12 is, University College’s online information hub for students aiming high at school and thinking about applying to top universities. Here you’ll find plenty of material to help you develop your interests, along with book reviews from current undergrads to help you “read around” your subject, and ideas for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus. Take a look at the Staircase12 pages or follow on Twitter for all the latest information.
To read more about studying at and applying to University College, including digital copies of our College and “Alternative” prospectus, read the How to Apply page.
Please contact the Schools Liaison Office and Access Officer, Hannah Armstrong with any queries T: 01865 286565 E: email@example.com
Each year University College aims to hosts a one day teachers’ conference. In 2020 we ran a teachers’ conference in collaboration with Keble College and Oriel College. It took place on Friday 31 January 2020 and was largely targeted at schools in the West Midlands, which is the link area for University, Keble and Oriel Colleges. See more about the link college scheme on the University of Oxford’s website.
We welcome teachers from all types of role to our Teachers’ Conferences. These events aren’t just for heads of sixth form, or those in charge of university applications. If you are passionate about able students being able to reach top universities regardless of background, or have some role in supporting students to make decisions about their futures, even in a school without a sixth form, we really hope you will consider signing up to attend a future Teachers’ Conference.
Each year our Teachers’ Conference features talks on teaching and research by tutors from a range of disciplines together with sessions on identifying and supporting competitive applicants by admissions and access staff across Keble, Oriel and University Colleges. To give an idea of what to expect, the programme we delivered in 2020 can be viewed here.
The University of Oxford values its links with teachers across the country. The conferences are intended to support you as you help your students make the right choices for their futures. We hope, furthermore, that the conferences will set up a useful dialogue between teachers and our University in the context of a rapidly changing school and Higher Education environment. We are sure there is a great deal we can learn from you. Our Teachers’ Conferences are also a valuable opportunity for networking and professional development.
If you have any questions about teacher events and resources please don’t hesitate to contact Hannah – T: 01865 286565 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Oxford has developed a programme to simplify communication between the University and all schools in the United Kingdom. This is so that each school in the UK has a first point of contact in the University and so we can more efficiently work with as many schools as possible.
University College is the “link college” for the regions of Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Shropshire, Telford and the Wrekin, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. The Schools Liaison and Access Officer welcomes contact from teachers and students at any school in and beyond the UK, but particularly schools in these regions.
Please note the scheme does not have any bearing on the Oxford admissions process and does not influence whether a college offers a candidate a place. It is not intended to replace any existing contact a school may have with a particular college or department.
For more information please read the University’s Regional Outreach pages at ox.ac.uk
Univ runs a highly successful volunteering programme for our current students in which they assist with our schools liaison and access work.
Our ambassador team is made up of over 60 undergraduate students from many different backgrounds and subject areas. The Univ ambassadors work with young people to encourage, motivate and inspire them to continue and complete their studies successfully. They assist in providing students with advice, information and guidance on progression to higher education and applying to the University of Oxford. Univ ambassadors act as tour guides on Open Days, and help to run a wide variety of events and schemes such as school visits, taster days for primary school, secondary school and college students. They are also available to make visits to schools independently, to talk about their experiences of learning at and applying to Oxford.
The ambassadors have completed a comprehensive training scheme to ensure they are well prepared to visit schools and colleges. Each ambassador gives as much or as little of their time as they wish and many find the role a worthwhile and rewarding aspect of their university experience.
If you would like an ambassador to visit your school then please contact our Access and Schools Liaison Officer, Hannah Armstrong, who coordinates the scheme: T: 01865 286565 E: email@example.com
There are rich online resources to support prospective applicants to the University of Oxford available on the central University of Oxford website ox.ac.uk
See below details of events for school groups and individual students at University College.
For events across the University, check out the outreach events calendar on the University of Oxford website.
Teachers’ Email Mailing List
If you are a teacher interested in hearing about relevant events and opportunities you can sign up to receive email newsletters. Hannah, the Schools Liaison and Access Officer, occasionally emails round with details both about University College events and events from other Colleges/Departments across the University of Oxford. You can sign up here (and use the same link later to change your mailing preferences or unsubscribe).
Please note, the majority of our schools liaison communication will go to schools in Univ’s “link region”. This is because many of our events are prioritised for the schools for which we have particular responsibility. We are keen to form relationships with schools outside our link region, but if you are a UK school outside of our link region, you may also want to find out what might be specifically available from your “link college” here. You may also want to check the University’s general resources for teachers: www.ox.ac.uk/teachers.
Activities and Events
Year 10 and 11 Taster Days
To ensure the safety of our staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic, our Year 10-11 taster days are currently suspended. We anticipate this remaining the case until at least January 2021.
Each term Univ offers set days on which schools can book to bring small groups of students to. These aim to challenge myths surrounding the University of Oxford and its admissions process, provide students with insight into studying at university, and allow them to meet and ask questions of current undergraduates.
The days include activities such as:
- An “Introduction to Oxford” workshop
- A tour of the College with current undergraduates
- Lunch provided free of charge in the College’s Dining Hall
- An afternoon taster session led by students or a facilitated session at one of the University’s museums
Please see our Standard Programme PDF for Year 10 and 11 visits.
For each day we expect one, two or three schools to attend with groups of up to 10-15 students each (usually a full mini-bus). Due to demand it is likely that priority will go to state-funded schools in University College’s “link regions”. More information about the regional link scheme is available here.
Please contact the Schools Liaison and Access Officer to express an interest in attending one of these days (T: 01865 286565 E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Year 12 Subject Study Days
About Study Days
A major part of Univ’s schools outreach is our programme of subject study days for Year 12s in the spring and summer terms. These are an excellent way to gain an insight into potential degree subjects. These will also give high-achieving students a taste of the university experience and ideas for how they can develop their academic interests and skills beyond the classroom. They are delivered by Univ’s subject tutors and post-graduate students, consist of classes and lectures, and include a tour of the college and lunch with current undergraduate students.*
We usually host five days across a spread of subjects. COVID-19 has disrupted our usual schedule but we are working hard to provide students with opportunities despite current challenges. Upcoming virtual events can be found below:
• Humanities Study Day – 30 April (15.30-18.30) – Applications now closed
• Medical Sciences Study Day – 9 June (16.00-19.00) – Applications now closed
• Mathematical and Physical Sciences Study Day – Date TBC
*Due to ongoing restrictions, these events are currently planned as virtual events via Microsoft Teams.
How to Apply
The application processes for these study days run separately for each subject-based study day. Applications will generally open at least two months before the study day. There will be a short online application form to complete, including approval and details of academic achievement from a supporting teacher. There is no requirement to submit a personal statement.
We aim to choose students who have potential to make a competitive application to Oxford and who will most benefit from the workshops. The College will consider information such as GCSE results and predicted grades, and may consider educational and socio-economic background, using similar categories to the contextual data which is used in the Oxford admissions process. In case of over-subscription the College may also have to limit the number of attendees per school, and prioritise spaces for schools in our link regions (ox.ac.uk/linkcolls).
Students are welcome to apply for more than one study day. For some of the study days there may be a chance to do that within a single application form. However, if our study days prove popular we will only be able to offer students a place on one subject study day each. If you have questions about this, please contact Hannah by email (email@example.com) or phone (01865 286565).
Humanities Study Day
Friday 30 April (15.30-18.30) – Applications now closed
We are offering a study day for 80 Year 12 students interested in Humanities subjects. The day will include lectures from Univ’s tutors in English Literature and Language, History, Oriental Studies (Egyptology) and Modern Languages. The day will be a valuable opportunity to help you decide on a degree subject, exploring subjects both familiar and new.
Students will have the opportunity to choose two subject lectures to attend from the following:
• Lecture 1: ‘What is Close Reading?’ (English) OR ‘The American Dream’ (History)
• Lecture 2: ‘Social reality in Ancient Egypt’ (Egyptology) OR ‘An Introduction to Czech: Cold War Pop and Politics’ (Modern Languages)
Please contact the Schools Liaison and Access Officer, Hannah Armstrong with any queries T: 01865 286565 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Sciences Study Day
Wednesday 09 June (16.00-19.00) – Applications now closed
We are offering a study day for 80 Year 12 students interested in the Medical Sciences. The day will include lectures from Univ’s tutors in Psychology, Biochemistry, and Medicine.
Students will have the opportunity to choose two lectures to attend from the following:
- Lecture 1: “DNA origami: how do you fold a genome?” OR “Psychology of Mind Wandering”
- Lecture 2: “The Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs” OR “Dying to Breathe – Pleural Disease and the Lung”
We are very aware of the fact that live online events are not accessible for all students. We will therefore be making recordings of the talks and these will be available for a limited time afterwards. Please also see our Digital Access Awards below.
Digital Access Awards
We are aware that the switch to online events has not made them more accessible for everyone. We are therefore offering Digital Access Awards to students who have limited or no access to the equipment necessary to effectively take part in a Univ study day.
Our awards can include items such as noise-muffling earphones, computer tablets, or limited data packages depending on an individual student’s needs.
Students who are eligible for such awards generally meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Currently/in the past six years received Free School Meals
- Receive the 16-18 Bursary Fund
- Are currently in/were previously in local authority care for more than three months
When applying for a place on a study day, students will be invited to express their interest in applying for a Digital Access Award. This will have no impact on their chances of being offered a place on the study day.
If you would like to find out more about our Digital Access Awards, please contact Hannah, Schools Liaison and Access Officer (email@example.com).