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There are a range of events, activities and programmes run by Oxford in the North East region. Our event calendar lists all the events, activities and programmes run by Oxford in the North East.

For students

Schools Access Programme 

The Oxford for North East team visit state schools throughout the academic year. We often bring Oxford for North East student ambassadors with us, so you have the chance to speak with someone who knows your region and has up to date experience of what it is like to study at Oxford. These Oxford activities are hosted by a school and students from other local schools are also invited to attend. Please ask your teacher about attending one of these events. 

Oxbridge Student Conferences (Year 12)

These events are aimed at Year 12 students who are studying for their A Levels (or equivalent) and are beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form. The conferences are designed as Open Days on the road, and bring experienced admissions staff, subject specialists and current students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to venues around the UK. These full day events provide up to date information about our courses, clearly outline the admissions process and provide students with the opportunity to hear first-hand how our current undergraduates find life at Oxford and Cambridge. Please ask your teacher about attending one of these events.

Aim for Oxford (Year 12)

Aim for Oxford is open to pupils entering Year 12 in state schools in the North East of England.

Taking place both in the region and in Oxford, this is a two-year sustained contact programme, which will support disadvantaged, high-achieving state school applicants from the point that they get their GCSE results through to making strong applications for, and then arriving at, Oxford. Selection for places will be on the basis of contextualised educational achievement at GCSE, together with indicators of social and educational disadvantage. Applications will open at the start of September and close in mid-October.

The Year 12 programme will include personalised Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) support, opportunities to engage with University researchers and alumni, and a summer independent research task. It will also include a 4-night summer school in Oxford (including free travel, accommodation and meals), with taster tutorials, library and departmental visits, application support and guidance, admissions test preparation and undergraduate student mentors. Students completing Year 12 of the programme who go on to make applications to Oxford will progress to the Year 13 programme. This will include interview preparation workshops delivered in the North East, an academic support allowance for each offer-holder to support attainment and preparation for Oxford and a two-night transition visit. 

Christ Church Oral History Competition (Year 12)

Christ Church is offering a competition for Year 12 state school students in the North East who are interested in studying humanities or social sciences at university. This competition will offer students the opportunity to explore beyond the school curriculum and conduct their own research project outside of school. The project is centred on oral history, an exciting way of doing historical research that recovers experiences and perspectives that are often otherwise overlooked. Everyone has a story to tell, and this competition focuses on stories about migration. Applicants will be given a brief reading list and asked to conduct interviews with members of their local communities about their experiences of migration. They will then submit short essays, summarising their findings. A group of applicants will be selected to discuss their projects in group tutorial sessions with an Oxford historian, in the North East, in the spring. Applications are now open. To apply, please follow this link and download the form! If you have any queries, please contact access@chch.ox.ac.uk.

OxNet Sunderland (Year 12)

The Southmoor Academy OxNet hub works in partnership with Durham University. The academy and other schools in Sunderland work on a research project called the “Ordered Universe”. It offers students the opportunity to engage with multiple ways of researching the medieval world of Bishop Grosseteste. The bulk of the scheme is delivered in the school and the local community, with a member of staff based in the school to administer the programme. Participants join other OxNet Hub Schools from the North West and from London for an annual Access Summer School at the University of Oxford. For more information please contact claire.ungley@southmoormat.co.uk

Sunderland Scholars (Year 10)

Southmoor Scholars’ is a year-long academic programme for high achieving Year 10 students. The year is split into three phases – a lecture series, study skills and project design. Between October and February half term, the students attend a weekly guest lecture series delivered by academics from universities around the country. Last year, these included a skeleton science workshop, learning about cosmology in an inflatable planetarium, and learning about comic book design. Following this period of inspiration and exploration, the students move to a half term of study skills, learning about academic techniques which take them beyond the GCSE curriculum, including how to formulate an argument and how to reference effectively. Finally, the students design their own projects – either an ‘essay’ or an ‘artefact’ (based on the EPQ criteria). Last year, projects included an art piece depicting understandings of the brain from the medieval to the modern day, an exploration of whether Donald Trump has helped or hindered America, and an evaluation of the impact 1066 had on the English Language. The programme culminates in a graduation event at Durham University, where students and their parents are invited to a certificate-giving ceremony complete with gowns and mortar boards! For more information please contact claire.ungley@southmoormat.co.uk.

Trinity College Pathways Enrichment Residential (Year 10)

This exciting opportunity is for up to 8 Year 10 students and their teacher to come and experience University life from the 18th-20th March 2020.

Students will stay in student accommodation, attend university guidance and advice sessions, have an academic taster or Oxplore session and a taught session at a museum or department, such as ‘Object Handling’ at the Ashmolean or a ‘Collections Up Close’ at the Bodleian.

All accommodation and food is provided completely free of charge. There may be some funds available to help schools with the associated travel costs. Please contact hannah.rolley@trinity.ox.ac.uk to discuss what support may be available.

Applications will be open in December 2019.


Oxford for North East Offer Holder Event (Year 13)

We had planned to hold an Offer Holder event for state school students from the North East at the Lit and Phil Library in Newcastle on 15th April from 14:30-16:30.

However, due to the Government's new guidance around group gatherings, it is with sincere regret that we have decided to cancel this event for 2020. We are currently exploring other online options and may be in contact with offer holders with an alternative option soon.

The offer holder event provides the opportunity to:

  • meet other Offer Holders from the North East
  • meet current undergraduate students
  • find out about life at the University of Oxford
  • gain some top tips for meeting the conditions of your offer

We hope to repeat this event for offer holders from the North East of England in April 2021. 

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For teachers

School Access Programme

We visit schools throughout the year and deliver sessions across year groups on a variety of different topics. Student from different schools may often arrange to attend an event at another school. 

Some sessions are about university in general, whilst others focus on the University of Oxford, for example:

  • For Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 - What is University? Supporting primary aged pupils to understand university education .
  • For Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 - Higher Education Explained. Exploring university and what it might be like to study there.
  • For Years 9, 10 and 11- University and Future Choices. GCSEs, A-Levels and how they link to university courses.   
    Why University? Why Oxford? The purpose of university, myth-busting, the cost, and a brief introduction to the Russell Group and the University of Oxford.
  • For Year 12 and 13 - Making a Competitive Application to University, Oxford and the Application Process, Personal Statement Workshop, Admissions Test Workshop, Interview Workshop (suitable for Oxbridge applicants), Support for Oxford Offer Holders.

We can also provide workshops on Oxplore (our digital outreach platform for students), student finance and can also offer more general topics, such as exploring beyond the school curriculum, essay writing, giving presentations and careers advice for all.

In 2019-20, we are visiting schools in the following areas and weeks:

Cleveland, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Stockton on Tees

Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland

  • 23rd September  
  • 11th November  
  • 27th January  
  • 24th February  
  • 2nd March 
  • 27th April
  • 6th July
  • 23rd September  
  • 4th November    
  • 20th January  
  • 16th March  
  • 27th April
  • 6th July

Please contact us for details of school visits your students can join and to discuss hosting future events for students in your area.

Oxbridge Student Conferences 

These events are aimed at Year 12 students who are studying for their A Levels (or equivalent) and are beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form. The conferences are designed as Open Days on the road, and bring experienced admissions staff, subject specialists and current students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to venues around the UK. These full day events provide up to date information about our courses, clearly outline the admissions process and provide students with the opportunity to hear first-hand how our current undergraduates find life at Oxford and Cambridge. 

Supporting Higher Education Applications (CPD)

Oxford for North East run Teacher CPD Sessions throughout the year, in schools, providing up to date information and guidance relating to the Oxford application process. We offer guidance to teachers about how they can best support their pupils in all Higher Education applications. We particularly welcome invitations from schools and teachers who have little experience of the University of Oxford or have low pupil progression to the Russell Group or Higher Education in general.
These sessions may include information about the Oxford application process, UCAS teacher references, personal statements, admission tests and relevant super-curricular activities. These sessions can be planned around the demands of the school day, and could take place after the teaching day, during staff meetings or on training days.
Richard Petty, Trinity College’s regional Teacher Engagement and Access Officer, is based full time in the North East and can be contacted directly at any time to seek advice, guidance and support about any aspect of the Oxford application process: richard.petty@trinity.ox.ac.uk .

The Access team are very happy to adapt any sessions to meet your needs, so please get in touch to discuss more and to book your visit.

Oxplore: The home of Big Questions (CPD)

Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. It aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years old with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big Questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to realise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity. Our teacher CPD shows how to use Oxplore to support learning in the classroom and beyond (as part of assemblies, debating topics, etc.) It can be delivered in school, at regional events and material can be accessed digitally. Oxplore can also be used as part of family education events involving parents and members of the wider community.

Supporting Careers Education

The University of Oxford Careers Service have adapted a series of successful programmes for undergraduate students, for use with school-aged students. These programmes are free to state schools and colleges, and are aimed at all learners, not just those with particular aspirations in mind. For more information or to arrange a visit to your school, please contact richard.petty@trinity.ox.ac.uk.

Regional Teacher Conferences

The University recognises the key role that teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging students to make informed decisions, so we run regional teacher conferences. During these conferences, we welcome the chance to talk with teachers and advisers about supporting your students through all aspects of considering and applying to Oxford. Sign up to attend the next conference in your region or email teachers@admin.ox.ac.uk .

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For families

Supporting Higher Education

Oxford for North East often attend parents and carers talks that are hosted by schools in the North East. We are happy to talk with you about how you can support your child to make a competitive application to universities like Oxford, as well as answer any specific questions you might have. Schools will advertise any parent and carer talks that they are hosting, but if you have any specific questions about Oxford, you are welcome to get in contact.

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