Every year the University of Oxford runs a number of outreach events for Northern Irish students and teachers, some of which are delivered in Northern Ireland and others in Oxford. Some of the events outlined below are currently being run as online events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools Access Programme - Apply now for online workshops.
We provide workshops on university applications for students attending state schools and their teachers. This support is currently being provided though live online events and where possible these events involve Oxford staff and students with links to Northern Ireland.
Apply now for student and teacher online workshops by selecting your preferred dates below. These links will take you to the relevant Eventbrite booking forms.
Supporting Your Students Applying to Oxford - Teacher Workshops
Why should you consider Oxford? Student Workshops (Y10-13)
Once pandemic restrictions are lifted, we expect to undertake some school visits in addition to online workshops.
Sessions can be provided for different student age groups. Workshops for older students include Making a Competitive Application to University, Oxford and the Application Process, Personal Statement Workshop, Admissions Tests and Interview Workshops (suitable for Oxbridge applicants) and support for Oxford Offer Holders. Sessions for younger students are more general and tend cover topics such as how school qualifications link to university courses, the purpose of university, myth-busting, the cost, introduction to the Russell Group and the University of Oxford and what it is like to study at university.
UCAS Fairs - for all students
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.
Northern Ireland Summer School
Each summer, St Catherine’s College, New College and the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department welcome a large group of Northern Irish students and their teachers to Oxford.
This 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. The residential did not take place in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions. For information on previous summer schools see here. If you would like to register your interest in this summer school, please sign up to our mailing list and we will send you details once these are confirmed. Please note that whilst there is no charge for the summer school, students and teachers need to cover their own travel costs.
University of Oxford Open Days- for all students
Most years, 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.
In 2020, the University provided Virtual Open days to maintain students access to the University during the pandemic. Our 2021 Open Days will be taking place on 30 June, 1 July and 17 September. For further details about our Open Days please visit www.ox.ac.uk/opendays.
Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference - for all students
Oxford and Cambridge hold a one-day Student Conference each year in Northern Ireland. The Oxbridge 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 students who have completed their GCSEs and are now studying for their A levels and equivalent qualifications. Advice is also available on students finance and careers. Admissions tutors, academic staff and current undergraduates from both universities will also be on hand to answer students' questions. A dedicated teachers' session will also take place so we encourage teachers and HE advisors to consider attending the conference alongside students.
In 2020 these conferences ran as online webinars and please visit the website for information about 2021 events.
UNIQ Oxford – for target students
Every year, Oxford’s flagship access programme, UNIQ, helps students from diverse backgrounds to make successful applications to Oxford. This year 230 UNIQ students were offered places at Oxford. This has been a difficult time for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, so Oxford has updated UNIQ to better meet the needs of this particular year group. UNIQ 2021 will offer free online support to 2500 UK state school students. The online programme starting in April and runs for several months, with UNIQ students being guided through academic exploration, admissions and social activities by current undergraduates. UNIQ gives students the opportunity to find out if Oxford is right for them. Applying online takes about ten minutes. Find out more at www.uniq.ox.ac.uk. #UNIQ2021.
Outreach events calendar – for students and teachers
The university offers a wide variety of other events within Oxford. These events provide an excellent opportunity to meet our tutors and students, visit colleges and academic departments and get to know the city. When pandemic restrictions apply, alternative versions of these events may be delivered online. For more details on what is coming up and how to apply see our outreach events calendar.
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 the teachers conferences website.
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. For further information please visit the teachers' summer school website.
If you work for a school in Scotland that would like to bring a group of students to visit Oxford, we are often able to provide admissions talks and college tours. Please email us to arrange a visit or get in touch via our contact page.
Independent visits by teachers, students and families
We encourage people to explore the University by visiting Oxford 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.