Working with Students and Teachers

The University of Oxford is launching an ambitious national strategy to improve the diversity of our student body. Alongside this, colleges are working together across the regions. Christ Church is delighted to be joining the Oxford for North East Consortium, as well as continuing to work in our London link borough, Barnet. Find out more about link colleges and the main point of contact for your region here.

Christ Church is committed to widening access 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.

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Geographical Diversity and the North East of England

We are looking forward to meeting pupils and teachers in the North East and to welcoming them to Christ Church. We’re also really excited to be collaborating with St Anne’s College on a new sustained contact programme in the North East, Aim for Oxford.

We are committed to encouraging and supporting promising applicants from across the whole of the UK. We know it can cost a lot to attend our Open Days if you come from further away, so we help cover those travel costs for students in financial need. We also have a Travel Home Grant for on-course students in financial need, to help with return travel costs once a term.

Ethnic and Gender Diversity

We are delighted to be one of the major financial supporters of Target Oxbridge’s work in Oxford and to be hosting their residential for the second year running in 2020. Target Oxbridge works to identify and support talented black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage, in order to improve their chances of access to Oxford and Cambridge. We were delighted to host the Target Oxbridge residential at Easter 2019. It gave students a chance to experience Oxford college life from the inside and see that there are students from all sorts of backgrounds here! 

This year we’re also supporting and hosting the first ever Sikh Access Conference, organised by the Oxford and Cambridge Student Sikh Societies.

We’ll also be holding our 5th annual Women in PPE Day again in 2020, in order to encourage and support applications to Oxford from women for PPE, a course that has a long-standing gender imbalance.

Sustained Contact Programmes

Our access and outreach activity focuses on sustained contact programmes, which we offer in all our link regions.  As well as launching the Aim for Oxford programme in the North East in partnership with St Anne’s College, this year we are excited to be extending our Christ Church Horizons programme. Horizons will be offered to pupils in Years 10, 12 and 13 from state schools and colleges in our London link area, Barnet. Find out more about the Horizons programme here.

We also participate in a number of University-wide sustained contact access initiatives. We take part in the Pathways Programme; a series of free events for students at state schools in the UK (please contact for details or visit the Pathways website).

After a successful first year collaborating with The Brilliant Club, in 2019 – 2020 we will be developing our collaboration to welcome more pupils on the Scholars Programme to Christ Church. Find out more about our access and outreach partnerships.

Engagement in the local community

Christ Church plays a lead role in supporting IntoUniversity Oxford South East, a centre tackling educational deprivation in our local community. Based in Blackbird Leys, it is funded by a Christ Church alumnus, with matched funding from the University and help from the Queen's Trust. IntoUniversity works with local schools and young people to dramatically increase their excitement about learning, their motivation to study and their levels of achievement. Many Christ Church students volunteer to offer targeted support, tutoring, or mentoring.

Resources for Teachers and Students

We've created a series of access resources for students and teachers. There are pdf documents that you can download from our resources page. And we’ve created some videos about some key aspects of the admissions process, including advice about the personal statement, and the interview.

You might also be interested in the videos and articles about specific courses (and life in Oxford more generally) created by some of our student ambassadors, a group of current undergraduates who help with our access events. Our ambassadors provide prospective applicants with insight into life at Oxford by giving tours to visiting school groups, running subject workshops and talks, helping with IntoUniversity FOCUS graduations, contributing to our Outreach Facebook and Twitter accounts, and helping during Open Days and interviews. Each ambassador gives as much or as little time as they wish and we run training sessions through the year.

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 teachers' resources 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.

Who to contact

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.

For general queries about admissions, email
The first point of contact for school visits in general, for schools in the North East, and for the Aim for Oxford programme is our Access & Schools Liaison Officer, Matthew Adrian (
If you are interested in the Christ Church Horizons programme or if you are from a school in our London link borough, Barnet, please contact our Admissions & Access Manager, Ana Hastoy:

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