Student Ambassador showing prospective students around St Edmund Hall.
Student Ambassador showing prospective students around St Edmund Hall.

In Oxford

There are a range of opportunities for students and teachers from the East Midlands region to visit Oxford. 

Oxford Study Days | UNIQ | Open Days | Target Oxbridge | Oxford Pathways | Target Schools | Teacher Summer School | Independent Visits | Unable to Visit

Oxford Study Days 

Who for: Students (All), Teachers

When: Year-round (during Oxford terms) 

We offer the opportunity for schools to bring groups of students to visit Oxford for taster/study days. The precise schedule of these visits varies but they will typically include: 

  • An ‘Introduction to Oxford’ talk
  • The chance to meet current students
  • A tour of one or more Oxford colleges
  • Academic/Admissions Session

Groups that meet the following criteria will be prioritised:

  • From a state-school in the East Midlands 
  • Include a significant number of students who receive Free School Meals
  • Currently receive limited outreach provision from Oxford University

If you are a teacher looking to book a visit for your school, then please see more information depending on your local authority: 

Some bespoke visits for primary school groups may be available, please contact outreach@magd.ox.ac.uk to find out more.

A school group visiting St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

UNIQ 

Who for: Students (Y12)

When: Spring/Summer (applications earlier)

UNIQ is the largest University of Oxford residential access programme. It is for students in their first year of further education (Year 12 or equivalent) who are based at a UK state school or college. UNIQ has a record of helping students make successful applications to Oxford - this year alone 250 UNIQ students were made offers by the University. 

Students apply to UNIQ between December and January and can be selected for either UNIQ Digital or the UNIQ residential. UNIQ residentials take place in Spring and Summer and give students a taste of the Oxford student experience. You will live in an Oxford college for a week, attend lectures and seminars in your chosen subject area, and receive expert advice on the Oxford application and interview process.  UNIQ is free of charge and travel costs are also covered. 

UNIQ Digital provides comprehensive information and guidance on the university admissions process, and aims to give a realistic view of Oxford student life through videos, activities and quizzes. The platform offers a range of forums where you can discuss both academic and social topics.  

For more information see here: UNIQ

Open Days

Who for: Students (Y11-13), Teachers, Parents/Carers

When: Summer

The University holds three Open Days, two in June or July and one in September, each year. 

All colleges and departments will be open to prospective students to visit. The 2020 Open Days will be on Wednesday 1 July, Thursday 2 July and Friday 18 September. 

Students do not need to apply in advance to attend an Open Day – though sessions in some academic departments will require you to register in advance.  However, if you are eligible to take part in an open day residential you will need to apply for this via your school. 

Find out information about the university wide open day and what the Oxford for East Midlands Colleges have to offer: Oxford Open DaysLincoln CollegeMagdalen College, and St Edmund Hall

Open Day sign outside Magdalen College.

Open Day Accommodation and Travel Reimbursement

Who for: Students (Y11-13), Teachers, Parents/Carers

When: Summer

Magdalen College and St Edmund Hall are pleased to offer free overnight accommodation for groups of students from state schools in the East Midlands attending the July Open Days. 

You can either book accommodation as an individual or as a school group of up to 10 people including a teacher. Magdalen College has up to 80 rooms available and St Edmund Hall has up to 15 rooms available.  

In addition, Magdalen College can reimburse travel costs for Open Day attendees travelling by public transport. To apply for this scheme, students must be: 

  • currently eligible for Free School Meals;
  • and/or in local authority care (or previously in local authority care);
  • and/or have another reason why it would be difficult to pay for travel to attend an Open Day in Oxford.

In order to apply for accommodation and/or travel then please see: Magdalen Open Days and/or St Edmund Hall Open Days.

Target Oxbridge 

Who for: Students (Y12, BAME)

When: Year-round

Target Oxbridge is a free programme that aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed heritage with black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge (known collectively as Oxbridge). 

The programme includes a residential in Oxford, student mentoring by black or minority ethnic Oxbridge graduates as well as many tailored sessions throughout the year. Since launching in 2012, Target Oxbridge has helped 81 students to secure Oxbridge offers. 

For more information see here: Target Oxbridge website

Target Oxbridge participants on a residential at Magdalen College.

Oxford Pathways 

Who for: Students (Y10/Y11), Teachers

When: Spring/Summer 

The Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by Oxford colleges. It aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to staff and academically able students in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford.

They run two types of free events: Year 10 Taster Days (Spring) and Year 11 Investigating Options Days (Summer). Year 10 Taster Days give academically able year 10 students a chance to visit Oxford for a taste of what it would be like to study here. Year 11 Investigating Options Days are subject specific and aim to explain the importance of GCSE results and post-16 choices to students and their teachers.  

To find out more about these days see here: Oxford Pathways

Target Schools

Who for: Students (Y12)

When: Year-round

Target Schools is Oxford Student Union’s flagship access programme. Run by a student committee, they offer Year 12 students the chance to come to Oxford for a day and shadow an undergraduate student. This includes everything from attending lectures, having a tour around the city, to having lunch in one of the College dining halls.

This is completely free and Target Schools can also offer a limited number of travel grants to those who would otherwise be unable to afford the journey. These events run several times every Oxford term. 

To apply please see here: Target Schools

A group of students in Magdalen College Hall for lunch.

Teacher Summer School

Who for: Teachers

When: Summer

Oxford’s CPD accredited Teacher Summer School is a free two-day residential conference for teachers from state schools and colleges in the UK. During the summer school, teachers receive detailed support and guidance about the Oxford admissions process, experience taster sessions for different academic subjects, and learn from mock interviews. It 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. 

To find out more see here: Teacher Summer School

Independent Visits

Who for: Students (All), Teachers, Parents/Carers

When: Year-round

You may visit Oxford independently at any time by going to see the colleges during their opening hours. When you arrive at a college entrance (lodge) inform the people there that you are a prospective applicant and they should allow you to enter for free. Please check each college website for their visiting hours before your visit. 

You can find advice for your visit here: Independent Visit Advice

Prospective student and parent being shown St Edmund Hall library.

Unable to Visit

If you find yourself unable to visit Oxford then you can use these online tours instead and email us any questions you have: