Open Days at Christ Church: ‘a total game changer’

Our Open Days on July 3rd and 4th this year were once again extremely busy occasions, with the fine weather contributing to a buzzing and positive atmosphere. Student ambassadors staffing the main gate ‘clicked in’ at least 6000 visitors over the two days.

We held subject-specific sessions with tutors on both days and offered application workshops for students, mock interviews for the humanities and sciences, as well as sessions for parents and carers on welfare, finance and the admissions process, and teachers’ workshops. Visitors also had lunches in Hall and tours of the college with undergraduate helpers under the lead ambassadors Emily Swift (Medicine) and Matt Adrian (Spanish and Linguistics).

Ambassadors having a well-deserved pizza after an exhausting two days.Under the overall coordination of our Access and Admissions staff, student ambassadors worked very hard to welcome visitors, make sure they found their way between the different events, explain what life in college is like, and give guided tours. The student ‘entz’ (entertainment) team even organised after-hours events for those staying overnight (about 175 each night) including a quiz, two Love Island screenings, a board games night, a mini Mario Kart tournament, a screening of the women’s football World Cup semi-final, and a treasure hunt around college.

A parent of a visitor with reduced mobility wrote in afterwards to say ‘The student helpers were all fantastic. It was lovely to see you all and a total game changer.’

We’re looking forward to meeting other potential applicants at our next Open Day, September 20th!