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Access and Outreach

 Ralph Williamson

Access Initiatives for Schools and Prospective Applicants

Christ Church is committed to widening access and widening participation, and works with schools to raise aspirations, demystify life at Oxford, and encourage applications from students with academic ability and potential from all backgrounds. We work with students in key stages 3, 4 and 5, along with their teachers, careers advisors, parents and carers. We run talks, workshops, and events, both in Christ Church and in schools, with the objectives ranging from raising aspirations with younger students, to preparing for the application process with 6th formers. We also work with IntoUniversity Oxford South East to support local students throughout their primary and secondary education. Our access events are supported by our Student Ambassadors: current undergraduates who give tours and run activities, enabling our visitors to get a real insight into life here as a student.

Christ Church is the link college for schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Barnet. Each college is linked to specific regions to ensure every school has a first point of contact within the university, but this doesn’t replace any existing links schools may have, nor does it affect the admissions process. Find out more about the link college for your region.

We welcome contact from all schools, both in our link regions and across the country, and would especially encourage schools with little or no history of sending students to the University of Oxford to get in touch. We aim our activities at Gifted and Talented cohorts, particularly students who will be the first generation in their family to apply to university, students on Free School Meals, and students from areas with low participation in higher education.

We participate in a number of University-wide access initiatives. We take part in the Pathways Programme; a series of free events for students in years 10-13 at targeted state schools in the UK (please contact pathways@ox.ac.uk for details or visit the Pathways website). We also host and support the UNIQ Summer Schools; a series of free subject-specific residential programmes for year 12 students from schools or areas with little history of successful applicants to Oxford (please contact uniq@admin.ox.ac.uk for details or visit the UNIQ website).

To find out more about the application process, click here

Information, Advice, and Guidance for Teachers

Teachers and careers advisors are welcome to contact us for help and advice on how best to support their students in making applications to Christ Church and Oxford. When visiting schools we are more than happy to speak to staff about Oxford admissions, either informally or as training with groups or staff meetings. The University website also has a range of information, including the teachers' e-guide and teachers' e-newsletter, and there are resources uploaded to the TES. The University of Oxford runs a range of events for teachers, including Regional Teachers' Conferences throughout the country.

We are always happy to work with and help trainee teachers, and encourage them to get involved with access initiatives. Christ Church supports the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and is able to offer a limited number of bursaries to finalists and completing graduates who are going on to any form of government-funded teacher training.

For further details on school visits or any of our access initiatives, please contact Hannah Wilbourne

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