Access

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. 

To find out more about mentoring with Target Oxbridge, and to sign up to become a mentor, please visit: targetoxbridge.co.uk/mentors

If you are interested in mentoring, please submit your application by 31st May. We will respond to all applications by the end of June, and mentor pairing will start taking place in July/August. 

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@rarerecruitment.co.uk 


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:

  • Philosophy/Theology
  • History of Art/Fine Art/Film/Architecture/Art
  • Archaeology/Anthropology/Geology/Geography
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Languages/Cultural studies

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 Mickaelmas terms which would be paid at the same rate with travel also covered.

If you are interested in discussing these opportunities further please get in touch with Jimi Slattery either on james.slattery@admin.ox.ac.uk

 

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 here: Graduate Tutor Registration or you can email us at pathways@admin.ox.ac.uk 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 here: Graduate Tutor Registration. 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, please email pathways@admin.ox.ac.uk.

 

BAME Programmes

What’s it about?

The University of Oxford runs a lot of outreach activity for under-represented groups and our student ambassadors play a vital role in all the activities. 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.

How can you get involved? 

Students can sign up for training from Friday 6 October: oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ambassador1     

 

Study Higher 

What’s it about?

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 Moritz-Heyman 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: oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ambassador1     

 

UNIQ

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? 

Students interested in being an ambassador or site manager can express an interest by emailing uniqadmin@admin.ox.ac.uk. Applications to work on UNIQ are open November – December, with selection centres in January.

More information about the project

www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/

 

Oxplore

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? 

Contact oxplore@admin.ox.ac.uk to find out how you can get involved; the team’s ambassadors go out to schools, give their experiences of what they’re interested in and often feature on the website’s home page.

More information about the project: https://oxplore.org/

 

Student Conferences

What’s it about?

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? 

Applications open early 2018, look out for emails from your College’s Outreach/Schools Liaison Officer in January for more information.

More information about the project

www.studentconferences.org.uk/

 

Teachers’ Conferences

What’s it about?

The University organises several Regional Teachers’ Conferences 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 can express an interest by emailing teachers@admin.ox.ac.uk

More information about the project

www.ox.ac.uk/teachers

 

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 igcc@admin.ox.ac.uk

More information about the project

www.ox.ac.uk/igcc

 

College/Department

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. http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/teachers/link-colleges

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

 

Outreach Calendar: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/visiting-and-outreach/outreach-events?wssl=1