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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

Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Interview Seminars

The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge are delighted to be visiting Scotland from the 29th-31st August 2018 to deliver a series of interview seminars for students who may be considering applying to the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. 

The events are open to students in S6, and to their teachers and advisers.

The Interview Seminars will be helpful to any student considering making an application to Oxford or Cambridge. They will be delivered by academics and Schools Liaison Officers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

The Interview Seminars each last three hours and will be delivered in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow on the following dates:

Aberdeen Grammar School, Wednesday 29 August, 14:00-17:00
Venue and Time TBC, Thursday 30 August, Morning 
Venue and Time TBC, Friday 31 August, Morning 

Teachers are invited to attend with their students, although this is not compulsory. 

The seminars will be helpful to students applying to Oxford or Cambridge. They will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Why Oxford and Cambridge
  • Making an application: interviews
  • Break out sessions: students will have a chance to find out more about interviews in the subject they’re interested in
  • Q&A
Schools are required to make a booking on behalf of their students. To do so please complete this online application form by no later than 9am on Thursday 21st June.
If you have any queries, please contact: scotslo@hermes.cam.ac.uk 

A poster for this event can be found here. 

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

25 September: Aberdeen 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