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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. St Catherine’s College also works with Northern Irish schools.

Events in Northern Ireland

Our central Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team run a number of outreach events throughout the year across schools in Northern Ireland. 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 NIoutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk

Student Conference

Oxford and Cambridge hold a one-day Student Conference each year in Northern Ireland.

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 Year 13 students who have completed their GCSEs or equivalent qualifications and are now undertaking further study. A dedicated teachers' session will also take place and we encourage teachers and HE advisors to consider attending the conference alongside students.

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 – 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.

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

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

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 Northern Ireland. 

To find out more please see the UCAS website.

Events in Oxford

Northern Ireland Summer School

Each summer, St Catherine’s College and the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department 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. Teachers take part in parallel teacher sessions on supporting their students' applications.

The Northern Ireland Summer School usually takes place at the end of June/beginning of July each year.

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

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 outreach events 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 Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department 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

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


Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team

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

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

St Catherine's College

Access and Outreach at St Catherine's
Access Officer: Anna McMurtrie 
Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 1865 271703
Email: admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk
Web: www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Postal address:
St Catherine's College
Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ

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