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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

University of Oxford visit to Scotland

The University of Oxford will be delivering a week long tour in March 2018, which will end with the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference on 16 March in Glasgow (for details of the Student Conference see below).

We will be holding Oxford Explained and Student life talks in the locations detailed below, to book on to any of these events please use the links below to complete the booking form:

Inverness - Culloden Academy - Monday 12 March, 10:30am
Aberdeen - Harlaw Academy - Monday 12 March, 18.00
St Andrews - Madras College - Tuesday 13 March, 13:30
East Lothian - North Berwick High School - Tuesday 13 March, 18.30
Edinburgh - St Thomas of Aquins - Wednesday 14 March, 18.00
Glasgow - Williamwood High School - Thursday 15 March, 13:30
Glasgow - Hillhead High School - Thursday 15 March, 18:00

If your school is interested in hosting a talk on any of these dates please contact the Student Recruitment Team at: scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk

The Oxford Explained presentation covers all aspects of student life and the admissions process in Oxford, including course choice, the college system, tutorial teaching, admissions tests and interviews. We aim to leave students feeling much better informed about what applying to, and studying at, Oxford would involve, as well as to break down any misconceptions about Oxford that might deter students from making an application.

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

We are pleased to announce the dates and venues for the 2018 Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences. This year the Scotland conference will be moving to Glasgow for the first time and will be held on:

Friday 16 March at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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 12 students who have completed their National 5s, GCSEs or equivalent qualifications and are now undertaking further study. For 2018 we have devised a new teachers' programme and we encourage teachers and HE advisors to consider attending the conferences alongside students.

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 – new programme for Scottish teachers

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

Interview Workshops

The next interview workshops take place in autumn 2018 and comprise of a presentation focusing on what students should expect from and how to prepare for Oxford or Cambridge interviews, followed by an interactive session where students are expected to engage with a series of sample interview questions in groups.

Further details will be announced in summer 2018. If you are a school that would like to host an Oxford and Cambridge interview workshop, please contact scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk  

UCAS Fairs

Members of the Student Recruitment Team will be visiting Scotland in September 2018 and will be representing the University at the following UCAS Higher Education fairs:

4 September: Edinburgh UCAS fair

18 September: Glasgow UCAS fair

Further dates will be added as confirmed.

To book your school or college onto one of the above Higher Education fairs or for further details please see the UCAS website.

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.

The University aims to hold a teachers conference in Scotland on a biannual basis, with a conference being held in Glasgow in 2017. For further details of current conferences planned, plus details of events for teachers held in Oxford, please see our dedicated teachers’ page.


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 2018 please visit this website for details.

Sutton Trust Teachers' Summer School

The Sutton Trust 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.

Applications open on 1 February 2018. For further details please visit  www.ox.ac.uk/suttontrustteachers

Open Days

The next University-wide Open Days for undergraduates will be held on Wednesday 27 June 2018, Thursday 28 June 2018, Friday 14 September 2018. 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.

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 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