We believe in an Oxford education that is free and genuinely accessible and inclusive and that gathers together the brightest and best students from across the world. In this context, we extend our concern for access to a global scale: we believe Oxford must be a world university. We believe that the University should set and strive to meet stretching targets for widening access to Oxford. We believe access is an issue that stems from long before application to long after graduation, and that the University has an obligation to support students throughout this process.
We believe that the University should continue and extend its efforts to attract applicants from all backgrounds, and that potential applicants are most likely to be persuaded that Oxford is for them by outreach activities that facilitate contact with current students from similar backgrounds. We believe that more use of social media should supplement targeted, sustained outreach activity to portray Oxford as a University open to all – including by highlighting the University’s use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions.
There are so many ways to get involved in access and outreach at Oxford. Whether you want to go back to your previous school to talk to students, being a student ambassador, getting involved with a society or a social media campaign we have complied a list of opportunities which may be of interest.
Become a Target Oxbridge Mentor
Target Oxbridge is a programme that helps black African and Caribbean students to improve their chances of gaining a place at Oxford or Cambridge. Since 2012, the programme has helped 81 black students to gain places at Oxbridge, with 35 gaining offers this year.
The programme has expanded significantly with the support of both Oxford and Cambridge, and now has 160 students who will be applying to Oxbridge this year! As part of the programme, each student is paired with a current Oxbridge student, or an Oxbridge graduate, for mentoring sessions between July and December. These sessions take place over Skype or the phone, and are an opportunity to help the students to practice speaking about their subjects or problem solving.
Find out more about mentoring with Target Oxbridge, and to sign up to become a mentor. If you are interested in mentoring, please submit your application as soon as possible, as we will be pairing students with mentors between August and November 2018.
We are currently recruiting Oxford students or graduates to mentor in the following subjects.
- Starred subjects are those for which we have a lot of demand *
Biology // Biochemistry // Chemistry // Computer Science // Economics and Management* // Engineering // English // Fine Art // Geography // History // History and Economics // History and English // History and Modern Languages // History and Politics // Law // Law with French Law // Medicine* // Philosophy, Politics and Economics* // Physics // Psychology and Linguistics
If you have any questions about becoming a mentor, please contact Alexander Olive
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Paid Part-time Opportunities for Current Postgraduate Students
The Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department are looking for one or more current postgraduate students to undertake a project during the coming Hilary and Trinity term to develop and deliver an academically focused project for year 12 students. The participants will be drawn from local schools and offered the opportunity to engage in higher learning content similar to the content of the OxNet (www.ox-net.org) academic programmes delivered in London, North West and North East England. The content can be cross disciplinary or singular in focus but needs to cover one or more of the following areas:
History of Art/Fine Art/Film/Architecture/Art
The role would require a commitment to deliver and develop academic materials that equated to a series of six (two hour) seminars and a two night three day residential summer school. The project would be supported by staff in the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department who would project manage, stakeholder manage and support operationalising events. This is a great opportunity to create an outreach course that is engaging and exciting based on university research and can be trialled with local sixth formers. The hope is that these materials could then be digitised and delivered to other schools across the country via an online portal e.g Moodle. The post(s) will be re-numerated at £14 per hour for working on the project with the potential of between 90-100 hours of work over the coming two terms and summer.
There is also the opportunity to deliver one off seminars and lectures at schools in Milton Keynes, Bucks and Oxfordshire during the coming Hilary, Trinity and Michaelmas terms which would be paid at the same rate with travel also covered. If you are interested in discussing these opportunities further you can send us an email
Pathways Graduate Tutor
The Pathways Programme is an outreach initiative coordinated by several Oxford colleges. 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. We run free events in Oxford for students in Year 10 (age 14/15) through to Year 13 (age 17/18).
What we are recruiting for now: Tutors to deliver short (15 minutes) interactive lectures to Year 10 students as part of our Taster Days. Dates of the events 1st February, 6th February, 8th February, 1st March, 6th March, 8th March, 24th April, 26th April, 1st May, 3rd May, 8th May, 10th May If you would like to take part, the application form can be found on our webiste or you can email us with any questions.
Pathways Graduate Tutors provide the academic element for our pre-16 events. You don’t have to have had lots of teaching experience in order to get involved, but you do need to be enthusiastic and willing to do a little session preparation. We’ll provide you with training, resources and feedback on your sessions. We’re looking for people to run short academic sessions (15 minutes) as part of our Year 10 Taster Days in 2018. We’ll be holding a briefing on the Year 10 Taster Days, including training on how to plan and deliver a session before the event, date and time TBA. If you are interested in becoming a Pathways Graduate Tutor and would like to attend, you can apply to do so
The deadline for applications is Friday 19th of January (Friday of 1st week); we will let you know in the following week whether or not your application has been successful. If you would like more information about the programme drop us an email
Graduate Tutor Registration
The University of Oxford runs a wide range of widening access activity for under-represented groups from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic Communities and our student ambassadors play a vital role in the delivery and engagement of these activities.
Current programmes include the Target Oxbridge Easter Residential and Summer Programme and Into Oxford’s academic development programme. This is an exciting time to join the University’s Ambassador Scheme, where there are exciting and new opportunities for you to engage, encourage and support young students, families and teachers from a cross-section of society in their journey to Higher Education. Training will take place in Michaelmas term and all students who complete the training will be offered outreach work on events for students from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities.
Email us if you would like to learn more about these programmes
Study Higher is a partnership of universities and further education colleges in the region working together to provide young people with high quality impartial advice and guidance and to deliver outreach activities to inform them about future educational opportunities.
How can you get involved?
We are particularly interested to hear from students who: come from a diverse range of school and home backgrounds including disadvantaged backgrounds are in receipt of a Crankstart scholarship went to school in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon Students who do not meet the above criteria are, of course, also very welcome to apply. Students can sign up for training from Friday 6 October.
What’s it about? UNIQ is a range of free access programmes run by the University of Oxford for students in their first year of further education at a UK state school or college. UNIQ encompasses a series of residential summer schools, a residential conference in the Easter break and UNIQ Digital, an online learning platform. UNIQ aims to provide information, support and advice to enable young people to make informed decisions about higher education, and increase applications to the University of Oxford from students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and areas with a low rate of participation in higher education.
How can you get involved?
If you're interested in being an ambassador or site manager get in touch. Applications to work on UNIQ are open November – December, with selection centres in January.
What’s it about? Oxplore is an innovative new 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.
How can you get involved?
Students are invited to contribute digital media, reading lists and other content related to Big Questions which can inspire young people to go beyond the school curriculum. Postgraduate Research students can join our Academic Review Panel to ensure the highest standards of academic rigour.
These eight conferences across the UK are designed to provide up-to-date information on the application and admissions procedures at both Oxford and Cambridge 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. How can you get involved? Student ambassadors offer insights into their experience and ensure the event runs smoothly.
Applications open late 2018, look out for emails from your Ccollege’s Outreach/Schools Liaison Officer in January for more information.
What’s it about? The University organises several events for teachers across the UK and in Oxford in June/July each year. The aim of the conferences are to equip teachers with the best possible advice for their students on applying to Oxford. Student Ambassadors talk about their personal experiences of the application process and life at Oxford and take part in a mock interview. How can you get involved? Students interested in being an ambassador drop us an email or visit the webiste for more information.
Email Student Conference
International Guidance Counsellors’ Conference
What’s it about? Our International Guidance Counsellors’ Conference (IGCC) is a two-day conference for guidance counsellors, careers advisers and teachers employed by a high school from outside of the UK. We are looking for Student Ambassadors from outside the UK to talk about their personal experiences of the application process and life at Oxford and take part in a mock interview. How can you get involved? Students interested in being an ambassador can express an interest by emailing or for more information visiting their website.
Email Student Conference
Contact your college access officer in common rooms or college staff member if you want to get involved. You may also want to contact the link college for your region (where applicable) or the central team in order to coordinate/ get support in returning to an old school.
Contact your department to get involved in their projects (eg Law Faculty linklaters ambassadors) Open Days. There are opportunities to help at colleges/departments Student led initiatives: Target Schools, oxvlog, working with Club/Society outreach initiatives.