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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

Our central Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team run a number of outreach events throughout the year across schools in Scotland. These include Student Conferences, UCAS Fairs, Regional  Teacher Conferences, Application seminars, Oxford Explained talks, Course Choice and Exploring Super-curricular learning workshops, and School Visits.

Details of scheduled events will be listed on this webpage. If you are a school that would like to host a future visit from the University of Oxford, please contact us on scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk 

Student Conference

Oxford and Cambridge hold a free one-day Student Conference each year in Scotland. 

The Student 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 S5/Year 12 students who have completed their National 5s/GCSEs or equivalent qualifications and are now undertaking further study. 

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

Dates and Booking: Student Conferences usually take place in March each year.

For more information please visit www.oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk.

Please sign up to our Scotland Teacher Newsletter to hear about future conferences. 

Teachers' Conference

The University organises free Regional Teachers’ Conferences across the UK in summer 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.

For more information about future conferences please visit www.ox.ac.uk/rtc.

For further details of current conferences planned, plus details of events for teachers held in Oxford, please see our dedicated teachers’ page www.ox.ac.uk/teachers.

UCAS Fairs

Members of the Oxford University Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department regularly attend UCAS Exhibitions in Scotland. 

To find out more please see the UCAS website.

Information Sessions

These Oxford & Cambridge Information Sessions are designed to inform prospective applicants about about the two universities. They aim to:

  • Provide an insight into the universities, so students get an idea if we might be the place for them
  • Include information about personal statements, interviews, and super-curricular activities, enabling students to maximise their chances of applying successfully
  • Enable teachers to gain a deeper understanding of how to support their students through Teacher References, with a separate session delivered by an Admissions Tutor (only available at specific events)

Information Sessions are available for students in S4/S5. Students may register individually, or a school may register a number of students as a group.

Dates and Booking: Future dates are to be confirmed. Please sign up to our Scotland Teacher Newsletter to hear about future information sessions. 

Events in Oxford

UNIQ Spring, UNIQ Summer and UNIQ Digital

UNIQ is a programme of free residentials at the University of Oxford, plus a digital programme of activities. UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education 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 an 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.

Find out more about the UNIQ programme at www.uniq.ox.ac.uk.

Teacher Summer School

The 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.

The conference is aimed at teachers with roles/responsibilities in university guidance. 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.

The Teacher Summer School usually takes place in Oxford in July each year.

For further information please visit www.ox.ac.uk/teachersummerschool.

Open Days

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 the prospectus and website. Open Days offer an ideal opportunity to explore Oxford, find out more about our courses, tour colleges and quiz tutors and students.

For further details about our Open Days please visit www.ox.ac.uk/opendays

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 events and 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 Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach 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 events or if you are a school that would be willing to host a session from Oxford, please contact scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk

To hear about future events for teachers and students please sign up to our Scotland Teacher Newsletter.


Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team

Email: scotlandoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk
Office telephone: +44 (0) 1865 270554
Web: www.ox.ac.uk/scotlandoutreach

Postal address:
University Offices
Wellington Square
Oxford, OX1 2JD

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