Agnes the Access Lamb, mascot of the St John's Access Office, in Canterbury Quad
Agnes the Access Lamb, mascot of the St John's Access Office, in Canterbury Quad

About us

Who are we?

Every year the University of Oxford receives many high-quality applications from students from the South East of England. However, when we look at these applications in more detail, it is clear that we attract more applications from some parts of the region than others. For example, students from coastal areas are underrepresented at Oxford, and we want this to change. 

Local Authorities in this region extend from those clustered around the South Coast - Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Medway, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surrey, Hampshire - to those around the Thames Valley - Bracknell Forest, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham.

St John's, St Hilda's, St Hugh's and Somerville colleges are combining forces to launch Oxford for South East, our new community outreach programme in your area. These colleges are focussing their support on state schools along the South Coast and have an ambitious programme that will provide better and more bespoke support for students of different ages, their teachers and their families.

St John's College
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St Hugh's College
St Hugh's College
St John's CollegeSt Hilda's CollegeSt Hugh's CollegeSomerville College

Trinity, University and Brasenose colleges will continue to provide outreach support as required for state schools across the Thames Valley as well as working to tackle under-representation in other parts of England. Find out about this support here.


Our aims are ambitious and focus on supporting students from backgrounds that are underrepresented at Oxford, and their schools. OXSE will develop outreach programmes which:

  • Support raising primary level, GCSE and A level attainment of students
  • Offer educational opportunities to explore big ideas, current educational goals and ambitions,
  • Offer information and skills development to support studying in FE, HE and the University of Oxford
  • Encourage more students from underrepresented backgrounds  to aim for top universities and to achieve their goals
  • Support increasing the number of students from under-represented groups from 15% to 25% of Oxford's UK undergraduate intake.
  • Promote the University of Oxford as a realistic goal for anyone with academic talent and commitment.

 For more details on the research underpinning these commitments, please see the University of Oxford's Access and Participation Plan.

Stay up to date! 

Keep up to date with all the latest news about undergraduate admissions, open days and outreach events, or have your questions answered via our social media channels:

You can also contact Oxford for South East with any questions via our contact form.