In your Region
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.
Schools Access Programme
We regularly run school workshops (either online or in-person) throughout the year for students in Year 7 to Year 13. These sessions are organised directly through your school, or a group of schools, so please ask your teacher about attending one of these events.
We also have a student mailing list, and send regular updates of online and in person events that you can attend as an individual. To join, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 from state schools in the North East of England and is organised by St Anne's College and Christ Church.
Taking place both in the region and in Oxford, this is a two-year sustained contact programme, which supports high-achieving state school students who may have experienced personal and educational disadvantage. We hope that they will ultimately feel confident in making a strong application for, and then arriving at, Oxford. Applications open at the start of September and close in early November each year.
The Year 12 programme includes application skills workshops, opportunities to engage with University researchers and alumni, and an independent research task completed during a summer residential in Oxford (or online). The 4-night summer school in Oxford includes free travel, accommodation and meals, as well as taster tutorials, library and departmental visits, application support and guidance, admissions test preparation and undergraduate student mentors. Students who complete the first year of the programme and who go on to make applications to Oxford will continue to receive application skills workshops and a two-night transition visit to the University.
Christ Church Oral History Competition (Year 12)
Christ Church organises a competition for Year 12 state school students in the North East who are interested in studying humanities or social sciences at university. Students conduct a research project and explore a topic in oral history - an exciting way of doing historical research that recovers experiences and perspectives that are often otherwise overlooked - outside of the school curriculum. Applicants are given a brief reading list and asked to conduct interviews with members of their local communities about their experiences of a particular topic. 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 region, or online. Applications will open soon. If you have any queries, please contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Access Programme
We visit the region during set weeks each year for in-person sessions, as well as offering online workshops throughout the year. Richard (Trinity College) is also based in the region, and may have more flexibility in visiting schools too. You can contact the Oxford for North East Team on email@example.com
We run a range of workshops for Year 7 through to Year 13 and you can view a full brochure of our activities here.
Some sessions are about university in general, whilst others focus on the University of Oxford specifically, for example:
- For Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 - What is University? Supporting primary aged pupils to understand university education.
- For Years 7, 8 and 9 - 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 an introduction to the Russell Group and the University of Oxford specifically.
- For Year 12 and 13 - Making a Competitive Application to University, Oxford and the Application Process, Personal Statement Workshop, Super-Curricular Workshop, Admissions Test Workshop, Interview Skills Workshop (suitable for Oxbridge applicants).
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.
We also provide talks and workshops aimed at teachers, form tutors and careers advisors that cover the Oxford application process and how to support your students, as well as talks for parents and carers.
In 2021-22, we hope to visit 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
Weeks TBC - please contact us directly if you are interested in a visit
Further weeks TBC
We will continue to offer online workshops at any time.
Please contact us for more details.
Supporting Higher Education Applications (Teacher CPD)
Oxford for North East run Teacher CPD Sessions throughout the year providing up to date information and guidance relating to the Oxford application process, as well as applications to other competitive higher education institutions. We particularly welcome 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, and we can be quite flexible on timing.
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
Oxplore is a 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. We can provide teacher CPD sessions to support using this in the classroom, as well as workshops for students designed by our outreach staff that promote debate, discussion and critical thinking.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .