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TARGET ONE CHESHIRE

Explore Oxford PEMBROKE COLLEGE OXFORD


Oxford is closer than you might think...


Competitive universities transform individual lives and communities. This happens through research but it also occurs when young people win places to read a multitude of subjects and mix freely with other young people attracted to places like Oxford from the four corners of the globe. The Target One Cheshire programme is designed to say very clearly that if you are passionate about learning, and if you have the ambition to be part of a fantastic community of scholars from across all disciplines, then you should consider Oxford. Please do not be put off by negative comments you may have read in the media - Oxford is open and accessible to all.

Here are a few facts: Oxford is looking for talented individuals to come here to study. Academic merit and potential are the only admissions concerns. Oxford offers, and values equally, a variety of subjects from theology and languages to physics, materials science and mathematics. Oxford knows that former students - and indeed employers - value an Oxford degree highly, regardless of the subject. Oxford degrees and ways of teaching are challenging but also transformative, both academically and personally.

This brochure and the annual timetable that we propose for Cheshire is very much aimed at students, but also teachers and parents. Please have a look through the activities listed, and come and join in. You will have the chance to find out more about Oxford, and to meet tutors, academics and current students who can talk to you about their own experiences, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.


Target One Cheshire This is an initiative by Pembroke College, Oxford that builds on pre-existing relationships with schools and colleges in Cheshire. We are pleased to collaborate with a Target One Team that comprise a number of professionals dedicated to improving the life-chances of pupils in this area.

A note on using this guide The events in this brochure have been arranged by school year. Some are suitable for all interests, while others are for specific subjects.

KIRSTY SIMPSON

PETER CLAUS

Admissions & Access Officer Pembroke College Oxford

Access Fellow Pembroke College Oxford

Kirsty regularly visits schools in the North West as part of her admissions and access work at Pembroke College, as well as planning events in Oxford. She enjoys working with pupils, teachers and parents to demystify Oxford.

Peter is an Access Fellow and Historian at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Many of the events require advance booking. If the event asks you to book individually you can book on yourself. If the event asks you to book through your school, then you should speak to one of your teachers about signing up. All web links in the booklet were correct at the time of printing, but it is possible that some may expire as the year goes on. If you find a link is no longer working then try looking through the rest of the department/college’s website. If you still can’t find the event then we recommend emailing the department/college organising the event - you will find contact details on their websites.

ADAM GREENSTEIN

SARAH KIRKHAM

Board of Governors Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust

Head of Sixth Form Knutsford Academy

Adam is a University of Manchester appointed School Governor at Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust, who also works as a doctor and medical researcher. He is working with Sarah to make sure students in Cheshire get into the UK’s top universities.

Sarah is responsible for the day-today running of the Sixth Form, the academic progress and pastoral welfare of its students, and delivery of the post-16 application process. She is passionate about student success and progress, both academically and in the wider community.


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Year 9 What Oxplore

When All year

Booking No booking required

Subjects All

Find out more Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years 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. Our Big Questions reflect the kind of thinking students undertake at universities like Oxford. Everything on Oxplore draws on the University of Oxford’s expertise in everything from archaeology to zoology to offer approaches to challenges and questions underpinned by the latest thinking and research. www.oxplore.org


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What

When

Booking

Subjects

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Oxvlog

Any time

No booking required

All subjects

This vlogging project aims to show what undergraduate life at the University of Oxford is really like, through the eyes of its students. www.youtube.com/user/oxvlog

Department of Computer Science

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Computer Science holds a range of school events and open days throughout the year. See their website for an up to date list. www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open_days/open_days

Department of Physics Events

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Physics runs a range of events throughout the year. Please see their website for an up to date list. www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/schools

Oxford German Olympiad 2020

Deadline 13th March 2020

No booking required

French and Spanish Flash Fiction Competitions

Deadline 12 noon 31st March 2020

No booking required

Humanities

You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in French or Spanish. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students in Years 12-13. Entries will be judged on imagination and creativity, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of French or Spanish will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of £100 in each category, as well as prizes of £25 to a number of runners up. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/language-competitions

10th June 2020

Book through school

Science

Fuel their curious minds with our ‘Time for Nano’ nanoscience event. This event invites students to explore the idea of nanoscience and understand the importance of research as the driver of new nanotechnologies in our world today. Hands-on fun with practical experiments to engage and inspire Key Stage 3 students! www.begbroke.ox.ac.uk/home/training-and-outreach/ school-events/

The theme of the 2020 Oxford German Olympiad is ‘Natur und Technik’. The competition sets entrants a range of fun activities, including group/ class tasks and a taster competition for those with no prior experience of studying German. www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/oxford-german-olympiad-2020

(Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages)

Practical Nanoscience Workshop


Discuss your favourite subjects...


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Year 10 What Oxplore

When All year

Booking No booking required

Subjects All

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Find out more Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years 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. Our Big Questions reflect the kind of thinking students undertake at universities like Oxford. Everything on Oxplore draws on the University of Oxford’s expertise in everything from archaeology to zoology to offer approaches to challenges and questions underpinned by the latest thinking and research. www.oxplore.org

Department of Computer Science

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Computer Science holds a range of school events and open days throughout the year. See their website for an up to date list. www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open_days/open_days

Department of Physics

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Physics runs a range of events throughout the year. Please see their website for an up to date list. www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/schools


Hey! I’m Alex, and I’m a History student from Knutsford. I went to Knutsford Academy for Sixth Form, and AGSB up to Year 11. I learnt a lot about Pembroke on the OxNet Summer School, where I spent a week exploring the city and doing academic work with Oxford students. I met so many inspiring and friendly students and staff, enjoyed the challenge of the academic work, and got to see the amazing opportunities outside of academics that there are here. I knew I had to apply to Pembroke after this!

ALEX History

The whole process is designed to bring the best out of you, not cause you problems, and a lot of it is actually really good fun.

The application process isn’t as scary as some people make it out to be. The whole process is designed to bring the best out of you, not cause you problems, and a lot of it is actually really good fun. The interview experience is a great chance to meet likeminded people – I’m still best friends with people I met. Tutors want to see your love for your subject, so find ways to explore it. Read books, watch documentaries, visit museums! But make sure you are showing off what you are genuinely interested in, not what you think you should be interested in.

Student life here is full of opportunities! It sounds cliché but there really is anything and everything going on here. I’ve been involved with college sports, musical theatre, and the college’s student government, but there are hundreds of societies and clubs to get involved in. Most college’s, especially Pembroke, have a very active social scene too. There are loads of in-college events, from BOPs (big parties) to quiz nights, art events, film nights, and loads more! Oxford is a truly welcoming place, full of people from all over the UK and the world. It is an incredible academic environment, and has an exciting social and extra-curricular life too. At every step of the application process, from your first thoughts about university to receiving an offer, there will always be people to support you. Oxford could be the perfect place for you!


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What Oxford German Olympiad 2020

When Deadline 13th March 2020

Booking No booking required

Subjects Humanities

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Find out more The theme of the 2020 Oxford German Olympiad is ‘Natur und Technik’. The competition sets entrants a range of fun activities, including group/class tasks and a taster competition for those with no prior experience of studying German. www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/oxford-german-olympiad-2020

13 French and Spanish Flash Fiction Competitions (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages)

Deadline 12 noon 31st March 2020

Book through school

Science

You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in French or Spanish. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students in Years 12-13. Entries will be judged on imagination and creativity, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of French or Spanish will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of £100 in each category, as well as prizes of £25 to a number of runners up. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/language-competitions


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Year 11 What

When

Booking

Subjects

Find out more

Oxplore

All year

No booking required

All

Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years 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. Our Big Questions reflect the kind of thinking students undertake at universities like Oxford. Everything on Oxplore draws on the University of Oxford’s expertise in everything from archaeology to zoology to offer approaches to challenges and questions underpinned by the latest thinking and research. www.oxplore.org

Department of Computer Science

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Computer Science holds a range of school events and open days throughout the year. See their website for an up to date list.

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www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open_days/open_days Department of Physics

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Physics runs a range of events throughout the year. Please see their website for an up to date list. www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/schools .

Russian & Other Slavonic Languages Open Day

7th March 2020

Book individually

Humanities

An opportunity to learn about studying Russian and other Slavonic Languages at the University of Oxford. This event includes an overview of the course, an opportunity to meet academics and students, mini lectures on a range of topics, and events for guardians and teachers. This event is primarily aimed at Year 12 students, but Year 11s are also welcome to attend. The deadline for booking is 2 March 2020. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/meet-us


9 What Oxford German Olympiad 2020

When Deadline 13th March 2020

Booking No booking required

Subjects Humanities

Find out more The theme of the 2020 Oxford German Olympiad is ‘Natur und Technik’. The competition sets entrants a range of fun activities, including group/ class tasks and a taster competition for those with no prior experience of studying German. www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/oxford-german-olympiad-2020

Italian Open Day

14th March 2020

Book individually

Humanities

Learn more about studying Italian at the University of Oxford. This event will include an introduction to the Italian course, mini-lectures on Italian topics, a Q&A on admissions and the year abroad, and sessions for teachers and guardians. This event is primarily aimed at Year 12 students, but Year 11s are also welcome to attend. The deadline for booking is 11 March 2020. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/meet-us

Unsung Heroes of Science Competition 2020

Deadline 24th April 2020

No booking required

Science

Hertford College, Oxford has launched an exciting video competition for 16-18s across the UK, challenging them to make a two-minute film about an ‘unsung hero’ of science, exploring and showcasing scientists beyond those they learn about at school. The aim of the competition is to diversify the canon of famous scientists, celebrating the lives and achievements of those left out of the textbooks. Last year’s inaugural competition produced videos covering 1,000 years of scientific history, from an 11th-century Muslim surgeon to a pioneering female nuclear physicist. This year’s winning team will be invited to shadow broadcaster Fiona Bruce behind the scenes at the BBC to see filming in action. All those shortlisted will be invited to Oxford for a celebration day. www.hertford.ox.ac.uk/unsungscience

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What French and Spanish Flash Fiction Competitions

When Deadline 12 noon 31st March 2020

Booking No booking required

Subjects Humanities

(Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Find out more You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in French or Spanish. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students in Years 12-13. Entries will be judged on imagination and creativity, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of French or Spanish will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of £100 in each category, as well as prizes of £25 to a number of runners up. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/language-competitions

Modern Languages Open Day

2nd May 2020

Book individually

Humanities

An opportunity to learn more about Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, including an overview of the course, a Q&A with current students, language specific sessions, and much more. This event is primarily aimed at Year 12 students, but Year 11s are also welcome to attend. The deadline for booking is 1 May 2020. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/meet-us

St John’s Inspire Programme

2019-20 deadline now passed, but entries for the 2020-21 programme will open in Autumn 2020

Apply individually

Various

The Year 11 Inspire programme is an online course focussing on one central question which is approached from a variety of subject viewpoints; each class will include articles, quizzes, games and competitions. Following the online classes, pupils will be able to apply to attend a summer school at St John’s College in 2020. Each class also includes information on making informed choices about A-level subjects, conducting research and effective note-taking, writing compelling academic essays, problem-solving and scientific analysis and revision skills. www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/study/working-schools/-inspire/year-11/


Express your ideas...


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Year 12 What Oxplore

When All year

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Booking No booking required

Subjects All

Find out more Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years 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. Our Big Questions reflect the kind of thinking students undertake at universities like Oxford. Everything on Oxplore draws on the University of Oxford’s expertise in everything from archaeology to zoology to offer approaches to challenges and questions underpinned by the latest thinking and research. You can access the site for free from home or school, or register for member-exclusive opportunities such as competitions and more. www.oxplore.org

Department of Computer Science

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Computer Science holds a range of school events and open days throughout the year. See their website for an up to date list. www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open_days/open_days

Department of Physics

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Physics runs a range of events throughout the year. Please see their website for an up to date list. www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/schools

Mathematical Institute Public Lectures

Various

Book individually

Science

The University of Oxford Mathematical Institute runs a series of Public lectures throughout the year. www.maths.ox.ac.uk/events/list/2898/all


9 What St John’s Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition and Subject Exploration Afternoon

When Essay Deadline: 5 March 2020

Booking Apply individually

Subjects Humanities

Subject exploration afternoon: 23 April 2020

Find out more The St. John’s College Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition will be running for the tenth time during the academic year 2019/20. The competition is open to all UK students currently studying in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) or equivalent, whether or not they are currently studying a Classical or Ancient subject. The competition gives students of any subjects an opportunity to write an essay on the classical world. The organisers are interested in providing an occasion for independent research, to encourage curiosity and reflection in those who have studied the ancient world before and those who have not. Essays must be submitted by Thursday 5th March 2020 and all entrants will also be invited to attend a Study Afternoon at St John’s College, Oxford on Thursday 23rd April 2020. We are able to cover the travel expenses to the event for any students either in care or eligible for free school meals. There are no special academic requirements and no limit on the number of students from each school able to attend for this event; we encourage anyone interested in Classics or Ancient History to send in their essay submissions. www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/study/working-schools/study-days/

Russian & Other Slavonic Languages Open Day

7th March 2020

Book individually

Humanities

An opportunity to learn about studying Russian and other Slavonic Languages at the University of Oxford. This event includes an overview of the course, an opportunity to meet academics and students, mini lectures on a range of topics, and events for guardians and teachers. The deadline for booking is 2 March 2020. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/meet-us

Italian Open Day

14th March 2020

Book individually

Humanities

Learn more about studying Italian at the University of Oxford. This event will include an introduction to the Italian course, mini-lectures on Italian topics, a Q&A on admissions and the year abroad, and sessions for teachers and guardians. The deadline for booking is 11 March 2020. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/meet-us

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9 What Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

When 16th March 2020 (Aintree)

Booking Book through school

Subjects All subjects

24th March 2020 (Birmingham

Find out more Designed as Open Days on the road, our conferences bring experienced admissions staff, subject specialists and current students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to you and your students at venues around the UK.The events are aimed at Year 12 students (or equivalent) who are studying for their A Levels/IB (or equivalent) and are beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form. 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 undergraduate students find life at Oxford and Cambridge. Our aim is for students to leave having explored the breadth of subjects on offer to them, gained a deeper insight into what our courses involve and an understanding of how both universities assess applications. www.oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk

Balliol College Chemistry Taster Day

17th March 2020

Apply individually

Science

These events at Balliol are for students in Year 12 who are giving serious consideration to applying to study Chemistry at Oxford. The day will involve academic sessions, and advice on the admissions process and interviews. The deadline for applying for a place on the taster day is Tuesday 3 March https://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/admissions/schools-and-outreach/outreachtalks-and-events

Oxford and Cambridge Classics Open Day

20 March 2020

Book individually or via school.

Humanities

This open day is aimed at all students interested in pursuing a Classics degree. They offer the chance to find out more about Classical subjects in general, but also the specific degree programmes offered by Oxford and Cambridge in particular. Both individuals and school groups are welcome. No prior knowledge or experience of Classics or Ancient History is required. During the day we run a programme of events, including an introductory session in the Sheldonian Theatre, college and museum tours, taster lectures, stalls covering various courses and application questions, and a teacher’s forum. classics.web.ox.ac.uk/open-days

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What French and Spanish Flash Fiction Competitions

When Deadline 12 noon, 31st March 2020

Booking No booking required

Subjects Humanities

(Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages)

Find out more You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in French or Spanish. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students in Years 12-13. Entries will be judged on imagination and creativity, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of French or Spanish will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of ÂŁ100 in each category, as well as prizes of ÂŁ25 to a number of runners up. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/language-competitions

Pembroke College Mathematics Residential

16th - 17th April 2020

Apply individually

Science

Are you thinking about studying Mathematics at University? Are you a Year 12 student at a UK state school? The Pembroke College Mathematics residential offers students a chance to learn more about studying Maths at Oxford and the Oxford admissions process. Participants will attend a series of lectures and seminars on different Mathematical topics, and have the opportunity to meet Maths academics and Oxford students. This residential will be held in Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 16-17 April. The event is free of charge, including accommodation on the night of 16 April and meals. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 17 March. www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/study-pembroke/access-outreach/pembroke-collegemathematics-residential


9 What Unsung Heroes of Science Competition 2020

When 24th April 2020

Booking No booking required

Subjects Science

Find out more Hertford College, Oxford has launched an exciting video competition for 16-18s across the UK, challenging them to make a two-minute film about an ‘unsung hero’ of science, exploring and showcasing scientists beyond those they learn about at school. The aim of the competition is to diversify the canon of famous scientists, celebrating the lives and achievements of those left out of the textbooks. Last year’s inaugural competition produced videos covering 1,000 years of scientific history, from an 11th-century Muslim surgeon to a pioneering female nuclear physicist. This year’s winning team will be invited to shadow broadcaster Fiona Bruce behind the scenes at the BBC to see filming in action. All those shortlisted will be invited to Oxford for a celebration day. www.hertford.ox.ac.uk/unsungscience

Modern Languages Open Day

2nd May 2020

Book individually

An opportunity to learn more about Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, including an overview of the course, a Q&A with current students, language specific sessions, and much more. The deadline for booking is 1 May 2020. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/meet-us

St John’s College Study Days

Geography: 3 June 2020 Medicine and Biomedical Science: 6 June 2020 Modern Languages: 18 June 2020

Apply individually

Various

Study Days at St John’s offer high-achieving Year 12 students at non-selective state schools an opportunity to experience higher level study in their chosen subject. Participants at our study days attend talks and workshops led by tutors, find out more about the course at Oxford and what tutors are looking for, and meet current St John’s students. We often issue some preparatory reading in advance of our study days which will then form the basis of the seminars. www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/study/working-schools/study-days/

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What Exeter College Modern Languages Study Day

When 18 June 2020

Booking Apply individually

Subjects Humanities

Find out more This will be a brilliant opportunity for Year 12 students to find out more about Modern Languages at Oxford, including exploring their options, learning about the admissions process, meeting students, academics and admissions staff, and attending academic taster sessions. www.exeter.ox.ac.uk/mod-langs-2020

13 Law at Magdalen

12-14 August 2020

Apply individually

Social Science

Law at Magdalen is designed specifically for those from backgrounds that are historically under-represented at Oxford. The aim of the event is to introduce prospective students to the realities of studying Law, and to help them to familiarise themselves with Oxford’s approach to learning. Across the three days, Magdalen Law tutor Joe Sampson will introduce attendees to the breadth of the study of law through a series of classes drawing upon the full range of the Oxford course. Mixing theoretical discussions with source-based analyses, attendees will be given an insight into the daily work of an Oxford Law student. The application deadline is 5pm on 27 March 2020. www.magd.ox.ac.uk/law-at-magdalen/

Oxford German Olympiad 2020

Deadline: 13 March 2020

No booking required

Humanities

The theme of the 2020 Oxford German Olympiad is ‘Natur und Technik’. The competition sets entrants a range of fun activities, including group/class tasks and a taster competition for those with no prior experience of studying German. www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/oxford-german-olympiad-2020

German Classics Prize

Competition will run MaySeptember 2020 (dates TBC)

No booking required

Humanities

The German Classics Prize invites students to write an essay about a piece of classic German literature (the 2020 text will be announced in the spring). There is a prize of £500 for the winning essay, £300 for second place, and £100 for third place. Entrants also receive a free study pack to help them write their essay, including a copy of the text in question, and they will have access to digital resources created specifically for the prize. www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/german-classics-prize


9 What Univ Medical Science Study Day

University of Oxford Open Days

When 1 May 2020

2 July, 3 July, 18 September 2020

Wadham College Biology Summer School

August 2020

Wadham College Classics Summer School

August 2020

Booking Apply individually

Subjects Science

Some events require bookingcheck website for more information

All subjects

Apply individually

Science

Find out more University College Oxford (Univ) is running a study day for Year 12 students interested in Medical Science. More information and an application form will be available on the Univ website about 2 months before the event. www.univ.ox.ac.uk/applying-to-univ/outreach Almost all of the colleges and departments of Oxford University open their doors for the University’s open days in July and September. Each will have their own event schedule, allowing you to meet tutors and students, attend subject lectures, have hands on experiences and much more. www.ox.ac.uk/opendays A five-day ‘taster’ of Oxford student life for pupils interested in studying Biology. Application deadline 25 May 2020. www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/schools/school-students

Apply individually

Humanities

A five-day ‘taster’ of Oxford student life for pupils interested in studying Classics. Application deadline 25 May 2020. www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/schools/school-students

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What UNIQ

When Easter and Summer 2021 (Deadline for applications January 2021)

Booking Apply individually

Subjects Various

Find out more Do you have good school grades but are not sure if Oxford, or any university is right for you? Or perhaps you’re generally feeling uncertain about the future? Our free UNIQ programme might be just what you need. Through one of our four night, five day residential courses in either spring or summer, you can discover student life for yourself. Living just like our students, you will stay in an Oxford college, attend academic and admissions sessions during the day and relaxed social activities in the evenings. You will be able to quiz student helpers and share thoughts on any aspect of student life: all whilst getting to know one of the most student-friendly cities in the UK. By the end of UNIQ you should have a real understanding of university life and feel in a much better position to make your upcoming big decisions. Applications for the 2020 UNIQ programme have now closed, but the programme will run again in 2021. www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/


Be UNIQ

Find out more about our free programmes for state school students

www.uniq.ox.ac.uk


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Year 13 What Oxplore

When All year

Booking No booking required

Subjects All subjects

13

Find out more Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years 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. Our Big Questions reflect the kind of thinking students undertake at universities like Oxford. Everything on Oxplore draws on the University of Oxford’s expertise in everything from archaeology to zoology to offer approaches to challenges and questions underpinned by the latest thinking and research. You can access the site for free from home or school, or register for member-exclusive opportunities such as competitions and more. www.oxplore.org

Department of Computer Science

Throughout the year

See website

Science

The Department of Computer Science holds a range of school events and open days throughout the year. See their website for an up to date list. www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open_days/open_days

Mathematical Institute Public Lectures

Various

Oxford German Olympiad 2020

Deadline: 13 March 2020

Book individually

Science

The University of Oxford Mathematical Institute runs a series of public lectures throughout the year. https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/events/list/2898/all

No booking required

Humanities

The theme of the 2020 Oxford German Olympiad is ‘Natur und Technik’. The competition sets entrants a range of fun activities, including group/class tasks and a taster competition for those with no prior experience of studying German. www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/oxford-german-olympiad-2020


9 What French and Spanish Flash Fiction Competitions

When Deadline 12 noon, 31 March 2020

Booking No booking required

Subjects Humanities

(Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages)

Find out more You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in French or Spanish. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students in Years 12-13. Entries will be judged on imagination and creativity, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of French or Spanish will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of £100 in each category, as well as prizes of £25 to a number of runners up. www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/language-competitions

Unsung Heroes of Science Competition 2020

24 April 2020

No booking required

Science

Hertford College, Oxford has launched an exciting video competition for 16-18s across the UK, challenging them to make a two-minute film about an ‘unsung hero’ of science, exploring and showcasing scientists beyond those they learn about at school. The aim of the competition is to diversify the canon of famous scientists, celebrating the lives and achievements of those left out of the textbooks. Last year’s inaugural competition produced videos covering 1,000 years of scientific history, from an 11th-century Muslim surgeon to a pioneering female nuclear physicist. This year’s winning team will be invited to shadow broadcaster Fiona Bruce behind the scenes at the BBC to see filming in action. All those shortlisted will be invited to Oxford for a celebration day. www.hertford.ox.ac.uk/unsungscience

German Classics Prize

Competition will run MaySeptember 2020 (dates TBC)

No booking required

Humanities

The German Classics Prize invites students to write an essay about a piece of classic German literature (the 2020 text will be announced in the spring). There is a prize of £500 for the winning essay, £300 for second place, and £100 for third place. Entrants also receive a free study pack to help them write their essay, including a copy of the text in question, and they will have access to digital resources created specifically for the prize. www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/german-classics-prize

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What University of Oxford Open Days

When 2 July, 3 July, 18 September 2020

13 Pembroke Scholars Programme

September 2020 (date TBC)

Booking

Subjects

Some events require bookingcheck website for more information

All subjects

Apply individually

All subjects

Find out more Almost all of the colleges and departments of Oxford University open their doors for the University’s open days in July and September. Each will have their own event schedule, allowing you to meet tutors and students, attend subject lectures, have hands on experiences and much more. www.ox.ac.uk/opendays The Pembroke Scholars programme provides candidates with intensive support with the Oxford application process, including personal statements, admissions test and interview preparation. All Target One Cheshire applicants who intend to make a full application specifically to Pembroke College this year, for any subject, are welcome to apply for the scheme. Email admissions@pmb.ox.ac.uk for more information on the event and applying.

UNIQ

Easter and Summer 2021 (Deadline for applications January 2021)

Apply individually

Various

Do you have good school grades but are not sure if Oxford, or any university is right for you? Or perhaps you’re generally feeling uncertain about the future? Our free UNIQ programme might be just what you need. Through one of our four night, five day residential courses in either spring or summer, you can discover student life for yourself. Living just like our students, you will stay in an Oxford college, attend academic and admissions sessions during the day and relaxed social activities in the evenings. You will be able to quiz student helpers and share thoughts on any aspect of student life: all whilst getting to know one of the most student-friendly cities in the UK. By the end of UNIQ you should have a real understanding of university life and feel in a much better position to make your upcoming big decisions. Applications for the 2020 UNIQ programme have now closed, but the programme will run again in 2021. www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/


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Hi! I’m Isabel, I’m a third year Modern Languages student from Warrington, and I went to Lymm High School. I found out about my college, Pembroke, through attending an outreach event at South Cheshire College.

ISABEL Modern Languages ...remaining calm and open-minded throughout the process is the surest way to guarantee that you’ll demonstrate your potential.

Life at Oxford is brilliant. It's hugely satisfying to receive the comments of tutors who respect what you have to say, and there’ll always be a bop (college party), ball, sports event, play or formal dinner to look forward to. My college ball was a magical experience and something I’ll never forget! Also, you’ll have the chance to run a position in your college’s JCR (like a student union) to represent undergraduates at your college. This body of students oversees welfare, social events and student sport, societies and politics. Come with an open mind. I'm involved in projects and societies that I would never have envisaged being part of prior to Oxford. It’s inevitable to feel nervous when moving away from home to a new city, but the friendliness of students, staff and tutors at Pembroke made me feel very supported in my first year. College parents (second years who are ‘married’ and help you settle in) and the JCR cookie fairy are a particular help! Not everyone is from London! You’ll make friends with people from all over the world, meaning you’ll have lots of places to visit over the vacations!


If you’re applying to read an Arts subject, it’s useful to spend some time thinking about the particular aspects that interest you – a period, movement or style for example - then get hold of a few books or articles about the topic. If you’re selected for interview, tutors won’t be expecting you to be an expert, but if you undertake independent research beyond the A level syllabus, this demonstrates a genuine interest in the subject. During interviews, always remind yourself that you’ve been shortlisted on account of your strong application – never feel like an ‘impostor’! Also, remaining calm and open-minded throughout the process is the surest way to guarantee that you’ll demonstrate your potential. You have nothing to lose in applying!

During interviews, always remind yourself that you’ve been shortlisted on account of your strong application – never feel like an ‘impostor’!


For Teachers What Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

When 16 March 2020 (Aintree)

Booking Booking required

24 March 2020 (Birmingham)

Find out more Designed as Open Days on the road, our conferences bring experienced admissions staff, subject specialists and current students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to you and your students at venues around the UK. The events are aimed at Year 12 students (or equivalent) who are studying for their A Levels/IB (or equivalent) and are beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form. 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 undergraduate students find life at Oxford and Cambridge. Our aim is for students to leave having explored the breadth of subjects on offer to them, gained a deeper insight into what our courses involve and an understanding of how both universities assess applications. For 2020, we will once again be hosting a Teachers Programme throughout the morning sessions and encourage teachers and HE advisors to consider attending the conferences alongside students. www.oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk

Practical Nanoscience Day for Teachers (Begbroke Science Park)

1 July 2020

Booking required

Practical Nanoscience workshops for BTEC, KS3, KS4 and KS5 science teachers. The day provides skills and take-away resources to teach nanoscience in the GCSE/GCE chemistry and BTEC science curricula. With laboratory tours providing insights into advanced research techniques, inspirational lectures, practical exercises and materials to take back to the classroom, this course is a “must-do” for all science teaching staff looking to engage their students in STEM subjects. Begbroke Science Park’s Nanoscience workshop described as, “An excellent, stimulating and informative day.” www.begbroke.ox.ac.uk/home/training-and-outreach/school-events/


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What Pembroke College Teachers’ Conference

When 4 July 2020

Booking Booking required

Find out more The Pembroke College Teachers’ Conference allows teachers and senior managers from UK state schools to connect with our academics and students, in a lively and stimulating environment. The conference will provide advice and guidance on supporting students through the Oxford Admissions process. The conference will also offer great networking opportunities, and as ever, our undergraduates will be on hand to offer their own perspectives as current students. www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/teachers-conference

Teacher’s Summer School

9-10 July 2020

Application required

A two-day residential conference in Oxford for teachers from state-funded schools and colleges in the UK. During this event, teachers receive detailed support and guidance about the Oxford admissions process, experience taster sessions for different academic subjects, and learn from mock interviews. Two night’s accommodation and travel expenses are provided. www.ox.ac.uk/teachers

Sir Robert Taylor Society Teachers’ Conference

25-26 September

Booking required

The Sir Robert Taylor Society is a network of teachers, academics and others interested in Modern Languages. The society aims to foster links between secondary schools and the University of Oxford, provide a forum for discussion about issues pertinent to the teaching of MFL, and offer guidance about university admissions. Their yearly teachers’ conference offers teachers throughout the UK the opportunity to discuss modern languages teaching, learn about the Oxford admissions process, discover groundbreaking research and attend a wide range of talks. http://srts.mml.ox.ac.uk/


For Parents & Carers What University of Oxford Open Days

When 2 July, 3 July, 18 September 2020

Booking Some events require bookingcheck website for more information

Join us on Open Days

Subjects All/ mixed subjects

Find out more Almost all of the colleges and departments of Oxford University open their doors for the University’s open days in July and September. Each will have their own event schedule, allowing you to meet tutors and students, attend subject lectures, have hands on experiences and much more. www.ox.ac.uk/opendays


Honestly, it changed my whole trajectory. I wasn’t going to apply [to Oxford], I didn’t think I could apply... It was as if someone finally said, ‘you know, I think you can do that!’

Explore OxNet OxNet delivers academically-intensive activities designed to challenge, motivate and engage young people. We run seminars, lectures, study days and summer schools, both regionally and in Oxford, taught by university academics and students. Our courses and events are unapologetically academic.

Working alongside other higher-education institutions, organisations and charities, OxNet exists as a partnership between participating Oxford colleges and the central university’s Undergraduate Admissions Office (UAO).

Is it for me?

Who can attend?

Are you academically curious? Do you want to be challenged? Are you interested in university life and study?

OxNet is open to pupils from a network of schools and colleges in London, the North West and the North East of England - to see if your school or college participates, please visit our website.*

Or are you a teacher or parent who has someone in mind that would benefit from being academically challenged? Then an OxNet programme could be for you.

*Some courses give preference to disadvantaged pupils.

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