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Students at Trinity College.

In Oxford

There are a range of opportunities for students and teachers from the North East region to visit Oxford. Please see the event calendar for events in Oxford.

For students

Open Days (Years 11-13)

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

North East Open Day Residential (Year 12)

This residential trip gives students from the North East the opportunity to visit the University of Oxford’s Open Days on a three-day, two-night programme. In 2019, 85 students from the North East took part. In addition to exploring Oxford on the Open Days, students will stay in College accommodation, attend academic information sessions and have opportunities to speak with current Oxford students from the North East and members of staff. It is completely free of charge for students, including coach travel to Oxford, all food and two nights of accommodation at either Trinity College or St Anne’s College. 

To apply you should:

  • be in Year 12 at a state school/college in North East of England
  • be predicted at least three A grades at A Level (or equivalent)
  • have at least 5 GCSE grade 6, 7, 8 or 9 (or equivalent)

Applications for the 2020 Residential are now open - complete the form here by 3rd April or email oxfordfornortheast@admin.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Visit Oxford (All years)

Oxford for North East warmly welcome all state Primary and Secondary pupil to attend a school visit during University term time. These visit days are designed to give pupils a taste of University life and can be adapted for all year groups. There is no charge for these days. An example of a visit might include a talk about the University of Oxford, meeting current undergraduate students, and academic taster sessions at a museum or department (e.g. ‘Object Handling’ at the Ashmolean or a ‘Collections Up Close’ at the Bodleian). Oxford for North East are very happy to adapt College visit days to meet the needs of any particular group of pupils, so please get in touch.

Pathways North East - Year 10 Residential in Collaboration with Trinity College

Trinity College is joining forces with the Oxford Pathways programme to offer Year 10 North East students a two night enrichment residential from 18th-20th March at Trinity College. This is an exciting opportunity that aims to give academically able Year 10 students from the North East, a chance to come and experience University life. Students will stay in Trinity College student accommodation, attend university guidance and advice sessions, have an academic taster or Oxplore session plus a taught session at a museum. All accommodation and food is provided completely free of charge. There are some funds available to help schools with the travel costs - usually mini bus costs. Please contact access.officer@trinity.ox.ac.uk to discuss what travel support may be available.

UNIQ Oxford (Year 12)

UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education, who are based at UK state schools or colleges. Students make a single application between December and January and can be selected to participate in one of two activities: UNIQ Digital or UNIQ Spring and Summer. UNIQ Spring and Summer give you a taste of the Oxford undergraduate 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 Digital provides comprehensive information and guidance on the university admissions process, and aims to give you 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. 

Target Oxbridge (Year 12)

Target Oxbridge is a free programme that aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race 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. 

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For teachers

Open Day teachers' residential

The University holds three Open Days, two in July and one in September, each year. There is also an additional opportunity for Teachers from the North East to attend a residential, where you will receive specialist guidance relating to the application process, personal statement support, reference writing, challenging your high achieving students and using the EPQ effectively. To apply you should be a teacher in a state school or/college in the North East of England. This residential is completely free of charge for students and teachers, including coach travel to Oxford, all food and two nights of accommodation at either Trinity College or St Anne’s College.

Applications for the 2020 Teacher Residential are now open - complete the form here by 3rd April to apply (in the event that this is over-subscribed, priority will be given to schools with low progression to HE/Oxford). If you have any questions, please email oxfordfornortheast@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Teacher Summer Schools

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. 

Inspirational Teachers Award

Since 2010, the University of Oxford has run a scheme to recognise inspirational teachers from UK state schools and colleges. This award scheme recognises the crucial role teachers play in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges. Each year, current first-year Oxford undergraduates from UK state schools or colleges with a limited history of sending students to Oxford are asked if they would like to nominate an inspirational teacher. 

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For families

Open Days (Years 11-13)

You may wish to accompany your child on a visit to an Open Day. All colleges and departments will be open to prospective students on Oxford University Open Days. 2020 Open Days will be Wednesday 1 July, Thursday 2 July and Friday 18 September. 

Visiting Oxford

If you can’t make an Open Day or outreach event in Oxford, you should feel free to come and see us to find out for yourself what Oxford is really like. 

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