Other Outreach at Oxford

There is an extensive programme of schools liaison and outreach at the University of Oxford. The University operates a ‘link college’ system, whereby each UK region is paired up with a college as their first point of contact for working with schools. For advice on visiting Oxford, student life, and for targeted regional outreach, schools are advised to contact the Schools Liaison Officer at their link college, details of which are here. Nonetheless, you are also welcome to contact other Schools Liaison Officers if you have personal links at other colleges, and the Outreach Team in the Modern Languages Faculty is always happy to work with schools to facilitate outreach. Feel free to contact us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

UNIQ Summer Schools

UNIQ is a programme of free summer schools at Oxford University. UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education and who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Students apply for a specific course that aims to give them a realistic view of Oxford student life. UNIQ participants live in Oxford college/annexe for one week in the summer. They attend lectures and seminars in their chosen subject, and workshops about applying to Oxford. Participants also take part in a variety of social activities in the evenings.

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Pathways Programme

The Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford, with support from the Sutton Trust. They run Year 10 Academic Taster Days, Year 11 ‘Investigating Options’ days, Year 12 Study Days in a range of subjects, and Year 13 Application Information Days. The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students, and staff members, in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford. All their events are run in Oxford, and are free to attend.

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Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to realise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.

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OxNet operates on a Hub model, with a Hub School and a network of Link Schools in each target local authority, through which academic activity is organised. Coordinators based in Hub Schools are responsible for OxNet activity across a local area, whilst also tapping into larger regional and national networks. Regional clusters of Hubs allow all activity convened across an entire region to be shared amongst all Hub and Link Schools, thereby strengthening the networks. OxNet seeks to take university learning directly into schools, bringing cutting-edge research into the classroom. It focuses intensively both on regional mobility and on subject, seeking to support and encourage young people to make successful applications to competitive universities from all regions of the UK and across a diverse range of subjects.

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Oxford and Cambridge Regional Student Conferences

These conferences are designed to provide up-to-date information on the application and admissions procedure at both institutions as well as providing an insight into student life. The events are aimed at students who have already completed their GCSE examinations (or equivalent) and are now undertaking further study. The conferences cover: courses available at Oxford and Cambridge; applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Life); student finance and careers; interviews; and Oxford & Cambridge Admissions for Teachers and HE Advisors.

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