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Outreach activities in Northern Ireland

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

Events in Northern Ireland

Undergraduate Admissions talk in Northern Ireland

The University of Oxford will be holding an Undergraduate Admissions talk open to all students, teachers and parents in Northern Ireland in:

Belfast - Monday 26 March, Methodist College, 7.30pm

To book to attend this event, please complete the booking form. 

If your school is interested in hosting a talk on another date in the future please contact NIoutreach@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. These events are designed for students as well as their parents or carers and teachers.

Student Conferences

We are pleased that the dates and venues for the 2018 Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences have been announced.

This year the Northern Irish conference will be held on:

Monday 26 March at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn

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. 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 Northern Irish 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

UCAS Fairs

Members of the Student Recruitment Team and New College Oxford will be representing Oxford at the following UCAS Higher Education fair:

28 February & 1 March: Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland

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

Regional Teachers’ Conferences

The University organises several 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.

We are pleased to announce that the Northern Ireland Regional Teacher Conference will be held on:

Tuesday 19 June at Hilton Templepatrick

For further information and details of how to book a place please visit: www.ox.ac.uk/rtc

Events in Oxford

Northern Ireland Summer School

Each Summer, New College and St Catherine’s College welcome a large group of Northern Irish students and teachers to Oxford.  This three night residential is designed for Year 13 (Lower Sixth) students to gain an insight into what life in Oxford University is like.  Academically, students are introduced to the tutorial system through two separate sessions with college tutors, whilst also receiving informative talks on the admissions process.  Socially, the students have the opportunity to mix with students from across Northern Ireland, as well as with current Northern Irish Undergraduates through a variety of activities. 

The provisional dates of the 2018 summer school:

Sunday 24 June to Wednesday 27 June

If your school is interested in participating in the Summer School, please email admissions@new.ox.ac.uk or admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk


UNIQ is a programme of free interactions at the University of Oxford, that is open to students studying in their first year of further education (y13) 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 Northern Ireland 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 NIoutreach@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 NIoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk