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Increasing access

Deciding whether or not to go to university is a big decision for everyone, but especially if you don't know people who have been, or if you haven't had a chance to find out what it might be like. Perhaps you are concerned that you might not fit in or share common ground with other students? We know that some exceptionally clever and talented students don't think that Oxford is for them - and we want that to change.

So you can feel confident about deciding whether to apply, Oxford runs thousands of free events and programmes every year. These give potential applicants like you a chance to learn about student life as well as equipping you to submit a strong UCAS application. Some of our free programmes are residentials based in Oxford, whilst others are taster or study days, either in Oxford or sometimes nearer you. 

Over the coming months, groups of Oxford colleges will be combining forces to launch Oxford for UK, a nationwide community outreach programme offering bespoke and local support to students of mixed ages, their parents and teachers. This will include events in your region, in Oxford and online - so there will be something for everyone - wherever they may be. Oxford for North EastOxford for South EastOxford Cymru/Oxford for WalesOxford for East England, Oxford for North West and Oxford for East Midlands have already launched, and will be followed shortly by consortia covering the rest of the country.

Some events can be booked directly by individual students, whilst others need to be arranged by teachers and are typically designed for school groups. We also have a range of events for teachers to give them advice on supporting their ablest students so they can receive the guidance they deserve and realise their potential.

Upcoming outreach events

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken in early 2020 to suspend face-to-face outreach activities. Oxford remains strongly committed to providing opportunities for you to discover what it is like to study here. As a result we have been developing digital outreach experiences, including our digital resource hub.

As a result of social distancing measures, we expect outreach activities to continue to take place online in the academic year 2020-21, and we will share events with you as they become available. In the meantime, please do everything you can to stay well and we hope to welcome you and your family on a visit to Oxford soon.