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Outreach activities in Scotland

The University of Oxford conducts a programme of outreach activities for Scottish students and teachers throughout the year. Some of these are held in Scotland and others in Oxford.

Events in Scotland

The Student Recruitment Team run a number of outreach events throughout the year across schools in Scotland. These include Student Conferences, Application and Information seminars, Oxford Explained talks, and Course Choice and Exploring Super-curricular learning workshops.

Details of scheduled events will be listed on this webpage. If you are a school that would like to host a future visit from the University of Oxford, please contact us on scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk 

Information Seminars - Open for booking!

These Oxford & Cambridge Information Seminars are designed to inform prospective applicants about about the two universities. They aim to:

  • Provide an insight into the universities, so students get an idea if we might be the place for them
  • Include information about personal statements, interviews, and super-curricular activities, enabling students to maximise their chances of applying successfully
  • Enable teachers to gain a deeper understanding of how to support their students through Teacher References, with a separate session delivered by an Admissions Tutor (only available at specific events)

These Information Seminars are available for students in S4/S5. Students may register individually, or a school may register a number of students as a group.

Register by Friday 8 February, to avoid disappointment!

Dates and Booking

Student Conferences - Open for booking!

Oxford and Cambridge hold a one-day Student Conference each year in Scotland. The 2019 conference will be on 15 March 2019.

The conferences are designed to bring up-to-date information about our courses, the application process, and admissions procedures at both universities to a venue near you. The events are aimed at Year 13 students who have completed their GCSEs or equivalent qualifications and are now undertaking further study. 

The conferences will cover:

  • Courses available at Oxford and Cambridge
  • Applying to Oxford and Cambridge, including student life
  • Making a competitive application
  • Student finance and careers
  • Teachers and HE Advisors forum
  • Admissions tutors, academic staff and current undergraduates from both universities will also be on hand to answer students' questions.

Admission is FREE but by ticket only and all bookings should be made online through a teacher. Please do not arrive at a conference venue without having made a booking as you will be turned away.

To make a booking for your students, please visit www.oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk

Teachers' Conferences

The University organises free Regional Teachers’ Conferences across the UK in June/July each year. The aims of the conferences are to equip teachers with the best possible advice for their students on applying to Oxford and to break down any misconceptions that might deter students from applying to the University. The programme for the conferences covers all aspects of the admissions process from identifying candidates to writing references and preparing candidates for admissions tests and interviews.

For further details of current conferences planned, plus details of events for teachers held in Oxford, please see our dedicated teachers’ page www.ox.ac.uk/teachers.

Events in Oxford

UNIQ Summer School

UNIQ is a programme of free summer schools at the University of Oxford, that is open to students studying in their first year of further education (S5) 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.

Applications open in December each year. If you are interested in being part of a UNIQ summer school in 2019 please visit www.uniq.ox.ac.uk for details.

Teachers' Summer School

The Oxford Teacher Summer School is a two-day residential conference in Oxford for teachers at state-funded schools and colleges in the UK. The conference aims to support teachers to stretch and challenge their most able students, and equip them with the best possible advice and guidance on selective university admissions.

There are 80 places available at the conference for both humanities and STEM teachers. We particularly welcome applications from schools with a limited history of sending students to selective universities generally and Oxford specifically. Participation in the conference is free and includes two nights’ accommodation in an Oxford college and meals. We can also offer a contribution towards the travel and cover costs associated with attending.

For further details please visit www.ox.ac.uk/teachersummerschool.

Open Days

The next University-wide Open Days for undergraduates will be held on  Wednesday 3 July 2019, Thursday 4 July 2019 and Friday 20 September 2019. Students, parents and teachers are invited to spend a whole day in Oxford, attending events, talking to staff and students and getting answers to any questions which remain after examining prospectuses and websites. For further details please see our Open Days webpage www.ox.ac.uk/opendays.

Other outreach events in Oxford

We offer a wide variety of other events within Oxford and visiting the University through one of our events is an excellent opportunity to meet tutors and students, visit colleges and academic departments and get to know the city. For details of upcoming events please see our events and outreach calendar.

School visits

If you are a school in Scotland that would like to bring a group of students to visit Oxford we are often able to provide admissions talks and college tours. To arrange a visit please contact the Student Recruitment Team on scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Independent visits

We hope very much that you will be able to visit during one of our Open Days, but if this is not possible, you are still welcome to visit the University at any time. For details about visiting as an individual please see our visiting Oxford page.


Please note, there is no charge for any of the events listed above.

If you have any queries about any of the sessions or if you are a school that would be willing to host a session from Oxford, please contact scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk