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Oxford Transition Support

Helping you make the most of Oxford

Starting at Oxford is an exciting time, but it is normal to feel some anxiety about making this move - particularly this year when your education is likely to have been disrupted. We understand that everyone has been impacted by the pandemic, which is why we will be working hard throughout the 2021/22 academic year to provide the extra support you need as you start this exciting new phase of your life. 

Setting you up for success

Tutors and support staff already go to great lengths to help all our students feel welcome at Oxford, and they will be doing even more in this pandemic year to help ease your transition from school to university.

They will be working hard to help you catch up with any necessary subject knowledge or skill development you have missed out on. We will continue to work with you, helping you to build academic understanding and confidence through your teaching and tutorial experience.

We will also provide support on making the most of your wider student experience - for example, taking advantage of student-led activities; and information on the welfare support available to you.

Resources tailored for you
This page will be developed over time to provide you with a single destination to access the academic support available from the University, your department, and your college. 
For now, please make use of the following resources. These will be particularly useful for new undergraduates, but you may also wish to look if you are starting a taught postgraduate course; or are a returning student. 
  • Advice for freshers - a specially recorded podcast to help you through freshers’ week in Oxford
  • Tutorials at Oxford - what to expect from Oxford's unique tutorial system
  • Managing your workload - advice on how to work independently to manage your workload
  • Research and library skills - brush up on your reading, note-taking and IT literacy to get ahead in your assignments
  • Managing your time - a short video guide on managing your time
  • Plagiarism - top tips on avoiding plagiarism in your work
  • Language Centre - learn a modern foreign language with our dedicated hub for languages - or brush up on your academic English
  • Remote study - advice about what you’ll need to think about if you need to study remotely
  • Advice for freshers - a specially recorded podcast to help you through freshers’ week in Oxford
  • Digital resource hub - online resources, to help you follow your passions and interests, and discover more about Oxford
  • Supportive welfare resources - a range of supportive resources to help you confront any challenges you might be facing
  • Welfare and Wellbeing - Oxford’s exceptional system of welfare and personal support
  • Know Your Oxford - a guided audio tour for new and prospective Oxford students
  • Clubs and societies - information about the 400+ clubs and societies at Oxford that will help seek out like-minded people and help you find your feet at university

“While you’re bound to feel a little uncertain about the challenge ahead of you, it’s important to remember that you were selected for a place at Oxford against very stiff competition, by tutors who understand what it takes to succeed on your chosen course. You should feel confident in your ability to do well here, and we look forward to helping you make the most of Oxford.”

Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)


Preparing for the academic year ahead

We will continue to work with you throughout your first year, to equip you to get the most out of your university experience.

We want everyone to enjoy their time at Oxford, and succeed in their studies, regardless of how COVID-19 has impacted them, and we will be working together across the University and colleges to ensure you can make the most of your time here.

This page will be regularly updated, so please keep checking back.

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