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, Nelli Chamings-Manley with any queries T: 01865 286565 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year University College hosts a one day teachers’ conference. The 2020 event is likely to be in January or February 2020 and will be confirmed soon.
We welcome teachers from all types of role to our teachers’ conferences. This event isn’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 school without a sixth form, we really hope you will attend.
The programme features talks on teaching and research by tutors from a range of disciplines together with sessions on identifying and supporting competitive applicants by Univ’s Senior Tutor and Schools Liaison and Access Officer. For an indication of what to expect on a Univ Teachers’ Conference, see last year’s programme here.
The College 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. The conference is also a valuable opportunity for networking and professional development.
Please note: In the case of oversubscription for this event, we may need to reduce numbers. Places may be limited to one representative per school, in which case places will go to the most senior staff member. Places may also be prioritised for schools with which the University has had less frequent contact or schools in Univ’s “link region”.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Nelli – T: 01865 286565 E: email@example.com
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, Nelli Chamings-Manley, who coordinates the scheme: T: 01865 286565 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Nelli, 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
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: email@example.com).
Year 12 Subject 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.
The Study Days planned for 2020 are being finalised and information will be available here by the end of October. Our programme of days and their timings alters slightly year by year. To give an idea of what might be available in 2020, in 2019 we hosted:
- Research in the Sciences Study Day (female students only)
- Medical Sciences Study Day
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences Study Day
- Social Sciences Study Day
- English and History Study Day
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).
In the case of students who apply for more than one of our subject study days, depending on popularity we may only be able to offer students a place on one subject study day each. You can contact Nelli by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (01865 286565).