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Christ Church Initiatives

Oxford Initiatives, post-16

Oxford Initiatives, pre- and post-16

Oxford Initiatives, pre-16

Initiatives for Teachers

 

Christ Church Initiatives

Please contact access@chch.ox.ac.uk if you are a teacher or a prospective applicant and are interested in visiting Christ Church.

For information about Open Days please click here. We have some free accommodation for UK prospective applicants and school groups travelling from far and can also support with travel costs for students who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Oxford Initiatives, post-16

Balliol College Taster Days

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History Taster Day: Thursday 19th May 2022, 09:45 - 16:00
 
Balliol College will be hosting a History Taster Day at our historic Oxford site. This is for Year 12 students from state schools who are interested in studying History. The day will include academic sessions, a practical workshop and a demonstration of an Oxford History interview. There will also be a tour of Balliol College with a chance to meet and ask questions of current undergraduate students.
Biology Taster Day: Tuesday 7th June 2022, 09:45 - 16:00
Balliol College will be hosting a Biology Taster Day at our historic Oxford site. This is for Year 12 students from state schools who are interested in studying Biology. The day will include academic sessions, a practical workshop and a demonstration of an Oxford Biology interview. There will also be a tour of Balliol College with a chance to meet and ask questions of current undergraduate students.
 

 

English Taster Day: Thursday 9th June 2022, 09:45 - 16:00

Balliol College will be hosting an English Taster Day at our historic Oxford site. This is for Year 12 students from state schools who are interested in studying English. The day will include academic sessions, a practical workshop and a demonstration of an Oxford English interview. There will also be a tour of Balliol College with a chance to meet and ask questions of current undergraduate students.

 

 

Keble College Summer Admissions Webinars

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Keble College is offering a series of admissions-focused webinars for Year 12 students from any UK state school during June 2022. Students should sign up independently using the Summer Admissions Webinars sign-up form. This is a great way for your ambitious students to reinforce or further knowledge gained from other outreach talks and programmes, or indeed to learn about the Oxford admissions process for the first time. Some sessions are repeated to give more opportunities for students to access the talks. Please note that if a session is listed with the same title as another, it is a repeat!
 
Monday 30th May 3-4pm: Oxford Admissions Explained
Wednesday 1st June 3-4pm: Personal Statements for Oxbridge
Wednesday 8th June 4-5pm: Preparing for Admissions Tests
Monday 13th June 4-5pm: Oxford Admissions Explained
Wednesday 15th June 4-5pm: Oxbridge Interviews – how to start preparing
Thursday 16th June 4-5pm: Personal Statements for Oxbridge
 

 

Keble College Theology Essay Prize

Keble’s annual Theology essay competition is now open for entries until Friday 10th June. This competition is open to sixth form students from any UK school or college interested in Theology, Religion, and/or Philosophy. We are particularly keen to encourage entries from state schools. There is a cash prize (typically around £300) for the winning entry.
 

 

Magdalen College Online Events

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Each term, we will be running a series of virtual events alongside our in-person events for individuals or classes to sign up to. Sign up for our Summer virtual events is now open via our booking form – more events will be added during term. Find out more here: https://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/studying-here/outreach/virtual-events/

Admissions Workshop

Summer Term: Mon 16th May – 16:30-17:30

This workshop covers the Oxbridge admissions process from choosing your course to interview prep. This aims to provide a clear overview of the process and how to navigate it with confidence. This event will include a short Q&A. If you are a teacher then you can sign up a whole class for this event.

Please sign up using the Magdalen Admissions Workshop booking form.

Personal Statement Workshop

Summer Term: Mon 23rd May – 16:30-17:30

This workshop will cover how to write a strong academic personal statement, providing guidance on how to make a start, what to include and how to make the most of your word count. By the end of the workshop you should have made a start on a paragraph for your statement. This event will include a short Q&A. If you are a teacher then you can sign up a whole class for this event.

Please sign up using the Magdalen Personal Statement Workshop booking form.

Half Term Virtual Taster Day

Summer Term: Tues 31st May– 10:30-12:30

Our popular virtual taster day takes place during half term. This will begin with an ‘Introduction to Oxford’ session by an outreach officer, followed by a virtual tour of Magdalen college and a session on applying to Oxford. This will be followed by a live Q&A with a panel of current students, outreach officers and academics from Magdalen College. You’ll also receive follow up support in the form of various resources we have available. It is open to Y10-Y13 students, parents and teachers.

Please sign up using the Half Term Virtual Taster Day booking form.

The sign up for each event closes 3 working days prior to the event taking place or when we reach our maximum capacity of 80 sign ups per event. Details on how to join the event digitally will be shared by email prior to the event. The events will be recorded. You can advertise our events using this poster.

If you have any questions please email the organisers, Olivia and Amy, at outreach@magd.ox.ac.uk.

 

Trinity Talks: Beyond the Classroom is back!

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Starting on Wednesday 19 January and running through to 6 July, Trinity Talks is back for 2022 with 12 talks providing after-school super-curricular enrichment and the opportunity to ask questions and engage with academics in a very wide range of fields, from lunar science to the ethics of prisoners voting.

See Trinity Talks 2022 details & registration for more details and a registration form for students. All students are welcome – join us for this fascinating series!

 

Wadham Summer Schools

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WHEN: Monday 15th August – Friday 19th August 2022 (dates inclusive)

SUBJECTS: Classics or Modern Foreign Languages

STRUCTURE: 5 days of study in Oxford, comprising academic sessions, meeting undergraduates, application support and more...

ELIGIBILITY: These summer schools are for students currently in Year 12 who are interested in pursuing a degree in Classics (Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology) or Modern Foreign Languages (Languages or Oriental Studies).

Applicants must be students at a UK state school or sixth-form college.

ACCOMMODATION: provided by the College

COSTS: None. Meals and accommodation are both provided free of charge. Wadham College will also cover pre-booked train and coach travel costs (and petrol costs if driven by a parent/carer).

DEADLINE: The deadline for submission of the application form and a reference is 5pm, Friday 3rd June 2022.

Application form for Wadham Summer Schools.

 

Oxford Initiatives, pre- and post-16

University of Oxford Access Day: 22 June 2022

For young women from state schools in years 10-12 with Bangladeshi and Pakistani heritage

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a student at Oxford? Come and find out for yourself with a day at the University of Oxford at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, followed by halal lunch and visits to Trinity and Jesus Colleges! Have a discussion with the brightest women in their fields, chat to our current students and potential future mentors informally and over a Q&A! Hear from Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at Oxford about the value of an Oxford degree... and more!  

Year 10 – 11 students must be accompanied by a teacher or parent. Teachers: please submit a booking request using the Access Day for young women of Bangladeshi and Pakistani heritage booking form.

Event Programme at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies:

09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome address

10:15 Choice of two mini lectures with Q&A

11:30 Tours of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Walk to Trinity College

13:15 Dr Samina Khan: Oxford University admissions, courses and careers

14:15 Tea Break

14:30 Q&A with current undergraduate students

15:00 Trinity and Jesus Colleges tours and end of day

 

Classics Creative Writing Competition 2022

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Our 2022 Creative Writing Competition is brought to you by:

​​​​​​​The competition aims to inspire a creative response to images from the Manar al-Athar Photo Archive and to encourage curiosity in and reflection on the ancient world.

This unique photograph collection contains around 80,000 images of archaeological sites, buildings and artwork from areas of the former Roman Empire and neighbouring regions, with a chronological range from Alexander the Great (c.300 BCE) through to the Islamic period.

These images are ideal creative stimuli giving glimpses of an incredibly rich and diverse cultural heritage.

They capture many evocative locations, beautiful artefacts, complex architectural styles, places of historical importance, and a huge range of religious iconography (from paganism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam).

All manner of creative writing is invited including, but not limited to, poetry, short stories, plays and monologues.

Deadline for entries

Sunday 15 May 2022 at 6.00pm

Who can enter?

The competition is open to students aged between 11 and 18 years who are studying in a UK school.

One entry per person.

Age Groups

Key Stage 3 (or equivalent) – Years 7 to 9 -  for students aged between 11 and 14 years old

Key Stage 4 (or equivalent) – Years 10 to 11 – for students aged between 15 and 16 years old

Key Stage 5 (or equivalent) – Years 12 to 13 – for students aged between 17 and 18 years old

Prizes

In each age group the following prize money will be awarded:

1st prize: £100 + £50 worth of books from Bloomsbury Publishing

2nd prize: £70 + £30 worth of books from Bloomsbury Publishing

3rd prize: £40 + £20 worth of books from Bloomsbury Publishing

 

Winners will also receive a certificate and a classics tote bag

Unfortunately, we are unable to send a certificate of participation for unplaced entries.

Please note that the Competition Committee will not be able to provide feedback on individual submissions and their decision is final.

All entrants will receive an email from outreach@classics.ox.ac.uk by 6pm on Friday 3rd June informing them if they have won or been shortlisted.

Instructions

  • Write a piece of creative writing of up to 1000 words. This could take any form, for example, but not limited to: a short story; poem; play; monologue; comic/graphic novel (with words); or a creative description of the image / site.
  • You must take your inspiration from one or more of the images from the Manar al-Athar Photo Bank.
  • Your writing must be submitted in English.
  • Save your writing in PDF format with your name as the filename of the PDF.

To submit your piece, you should:

Complete the Classics Creative Writing entry form. You will be asked to provide a name and email address for a parent or carer, and a teacher; please confirm this with them prior to submitting your form.

Submit your piece via email, as a PDF attachment, to outreach@classics.ox.ac.uk The filename of the PDF should be your name.

Emails must include your Full name, School name and Date of Birth.

Both the entry form and your email must be submitted before 6pm on Sunday 15th May 2022.

If you have any outstanding questions, please contact outreach@classics.ox.ac.uk 

 

Oxford Initiatives, pre-16

Please check back again soon for more pre-16 programmes.

 

Initiatives for Teachers

Chemistry Teachers' and Technicians' Conference 2022

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The University of Oxford's Department of Chemistry invite you to a two day conference of talks, panel events and workshops for Chemistry teachers and technicians in UK secondary schools. This conference, taking place at St Anne's College, will provide a chance to experience the world class teaching facilities of the Chemistry Teaching Laboratories at Oxford, plus an excellent array of CPD opportunities. Conference attendees will also have the time to network with colleagues from schools in their local area as well as across the country.

Your ticket to the conference will also include a conference dinner on Thursday evening at St Anne's.

Please find the booking form for the Chemistry Teachers' and Technicians' Conference here.

 

Virtual Maths Teachers' CPD session

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Modular Arithmetic with Dr Vicky Neale: Suitable for anyone who teaches secondary school maths.

In this interactive workshop, we'll explore patterns and structures arising in number theory. No prior experience of modular arithmetic necessary (equally, if you do know some already, there'll still be more for you to explore!).  

This is based on a workshop I've led with  groups of students. I am happy to chat about what I'm doing and why, and happy for you to adapt the ideas for use with your own students.

Tuesday 21 June, 16:00-17:30

Sign up using the Modular Arithmetic sign-up form.