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Outreach activities
Outreach activities

Outreach activities in Scotland

The University of Oxford conducts a programme of outreach activities in Scotland throughout the year. These include:

Oxford Explained Presentations

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.

We will next be visiting Scotland in March 2018. If your school is interested in a hosting a visit from a representative of Oxford during this time, please email scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk


Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

The Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences are designed to provide up-to-date information on the application and admissions procedure at both institutions as well as providing an insight into student life. The events are aimed at primarily S5 students and the conference will cover:

  • Courses available at Oxford and Cambridge
  • Applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including student life)
  • Student finance and careers
  • Interviews
  • Oxford & Cambridge Admissions for Teachers and HE Advisors 

Admissions tutors, academic staff and current undergraduates from both universities will also be on hand to answer students' questions.

The next Student Conference in Scotland will take place in March 2018 in Glasgow. Further details including booking information will be available in January 2018 at 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 for Scottish students 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.


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