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UNIQ summer school student.
(Credit: John Cairns)



For students

NEW: North West Essay Prize

The Pembroke College North West Essay Prize is open to state school students in the North West of England, who are entering Year 12 in September 2022.

We are pleased to announce that the competition is now open for entries for 2022!

The competition aims to support and inspire the next generation of undergraduate students as they consider their university choices.

All essay questions were suggested by current undergraduates, and will be marked by the College’s postgraduate students, with feedback provided to all participants.

For more information, please visit Pembroke College's website. Deadline for entries: 1 September 2022.  

Oxplore: The Home of Big Questions

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.

Ask Oxford Students                                                    

If you have a burning question about life at Oxford, then why not drop a line to one of our student ambassadors from Queen’s and Corpus Christi colleges? Whether you want to find out about the tutorial system, have a subject specific question, or want to find out about Oxford sports, societies and nightlife, our friendly student ambassadors will be glad to give their advice.

If you aren’t able to make it to Oxford for an Open Day then this is a great way to find out more.

To find out more follow these links

Applying to Oxford

The main university website has a wealth of information and support if you choose to apply to Oxford. Here are links to some pages you might be interested in

Staircase 12

Staircase 12 is an online hub of resources developed by University College Oxford for students aiming high at school and thinking about applying to top universities. You'll find plenty of resources to help students develop their interests, book reviews from current undergraduates to give ideas about where to start 'reading around' the subject, ideas for stretching students beyond the school syllabus.

Corpus Christi College Resource Bank

Corpus Christi College - along with various Oxford colleges, departments and external contributors - has put together a resource bank containing links to activities and materials that UK students (and students globally) may find useful. The resource bank is in English and is not exhaustive: there is so much available out there, it is not possible for us to cover everything! You will find resources for core subjects across various year groups that might be of interest and/or can support your learning. For older students thinking about applying to university, there are lots of helpful super-curricular links, plus links to various Oxford web pages and guidance about applying to Oxford.

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For teachers

Teachers' webpages

Choosing where to go to university can be a life-changing decision and whilst this is exciting it can also be daunting. We hugely value the supporting role that teachers and careers advisors can play in encouraging students to consider their options and make informed decisions.

The University of Oxford’s webpages for teachers aim to give you all the information you need to help your students. We encourage you to explore our website widely but hope that you will find the resources here particularly useful. We welcome the chance to talk with teachers and advisers about supporting your students through all aspects of considering, and applying to, Oxford.

Ignite - Oxford’s free careers education programme for schools

Ignite is a career confidence programme for schools and colleges from Oxford University Careers Service. It aims to help develop pupils’ assertiveness and confidence in academic, extra-curricular, family, social and eventual career activities.

The programme is aimed at secondary school pupils (ages 11-18) and to be delivered within the school by teachers / PSHE tutors. It is available in modules to be applied and used as appropriate.

Teachers' newsletter

This University e-newsletter features updates about our admissions process, events that teachers and students can attend, and updates regarding our access and widening participation programmes, including UNIQ. Feedback from teachers has been very positive, with many reporting that they forward the email to students interested in applying to Oxford.

Oxford for North West Updates

Oxford for North West use a number of different ways of keeping schools up to date regarding outreach opportunities in the North West, including scheduled visits and activities.

Corpus Christi e-newsletter

If you are a teacher in one of our link local authorities (Oldham, Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, Tameside), please sign up to our regular Teachers' e-Newsletter to keep up to date on opportunities for your students, teacher's resources, Oxbridge conferences and events in your local area, and opportunities for your students at Oxford. This is our prime means of communication with our link schools.

Keep up to date with all the latest news about undergraduate admissions, Open Days and outreach events, or have your questions answered on Twitter:
@OxOutreach @CCCOxfordAccess @OxNetAccess @QueensOutreach @SPCOutreach

You can also encourage your students to follow us on Instagram at @studyatoxford 

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For families

Supporting university choices

If your child is studying for their A-levels, they are probably already thinking about their next steps. It’s not always easy for parents and family members to know how best to help them navigate their options. The University of Oxford publishes webpages directed at families that want to find out more about studying at Oxford. These pages include guidance on choosing the right course and the application process as well as information about student life. We also provide information on the support the University can provide students, including welfare and financial support, as well as how we support students after they have graduated.

We also publish a Families’ Guide: supporting an Oxford applicant which can be read on line or downloaded.

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A families guide