Increasing access | University of Oxford

Increasing access

Deciding whether or not to go to university is a big decision for everyone, but especially if you don't know people who have been, or if you haven't had a chance to find out what it might be like. Perhaps you are concerned that you might not fit in or share common ground with other students? We know that some exceptionally clever and talented students don't think that Oxford is for them - and we want that to change.

So you can feel confident about deciding whether to apply, Oxford runs thousands of free events and programmes every year. These give potential applicants like you a chance to learn about student life as well as equipping you to submit a strong UCAS application. Some of our free programmes are residentials based in Oxford, like UNIQ, whilst others are taster or study days, either in Oxford or sometimes nearer you. 

Over the coming months, groups of Oxford colleges will be combining forces to launch Oxford for UK, a nationwide community outreach programme offering bespoke and local support to students of mixed ages, their parents and teachers. This will include events in your region, in Oxford and online - so there will be something for everyone - wherever they may be. Oxford for North East and Oxford for East Midlands have recently launched, and will be followed shortly by Oxford for North WestIn the meantime, colleges will continue to maintain links with their existing regions

Some events can be booked directly by individual students, whilst others need to be arranged by teachers and are typically designed for school groups. We also have a range of events for teachers to give them advice on supporting their ablest students so they can receive the guidance they deserve and realise their potential.

Upcoming outreach events

08Jun

Year 12 Taster Day Physics and Philosophy

Balliol College
8 Jun 2020
10Jun

Year 12 English Taster Day

Balliol College
10 Jun 2020
 
As a result of developments with coronavirus (Covid-19), and in line with Government guidance on social distancing, outreach events will not take place as planned for the duration that this is in place. Oxford remains strongly committed to providing opportunities for you to discover what it is like to study here. We are currently working hard to explore ways of transferring our outreach events into digital experiences and look forward to sharing these with you very soon. In the meantime, please do everything you can to stay well and we hope to welcome you and your family on a visit to Oxford soon.