Schools & Outreach Programme at St Hilda's

The University of Oxford has developed a programme of ‘link colleges’ to simplify communication between UK schools and the University. Every school in the country is linked with an Oxford college. This scheme allows both the schools and the University a more direct and personal way of staying in touch with each other. St Hilda’s is linked with schools in Surrey and organizes a diverse and flexible programme of outreach events.

Outreach Events

The College has an on-going commitment to equality and excellence through outreach and as such we plan a number of events throughout the year. St Hilda’s runs a series of Experiencing Oxford days and Application Workshop events.

Experiencing Oxford Timetable
  • 10.30am – Arrival and Welcome
  • 11.00am – Oxford Explained: Thinking about University and Oxford
  • 12.00pm – Tour of college by current students, Q&A
  • 12.30pm – Lunch in college hall
  • 13.30pm – Academic Taster Session/Visit to another college/museum trip
  • 3.00pm - Departure
Subject Taster Day Timetable
  • 10.30am – Arrival and Welcome
  • 11.00am – Interactive academic taster session delivered by an Oxford tutor
  • 12.00pm – Tour of college by current student, Q&A
  • 12.30pm – Lunch in college hall
  • 1.30pm – Second interactive academic taster
  • 2.30pm – Break
  • 2.45pm – Thinking Beyond the Curriculum workshop, Q&A
Application Workshop Timetable
  • 10.30am – Arrival and Welcome
  • 11.00am – Applying to Oxford Presentation
  • 12.00pm – Tour of college by current students, Q&A
  • 12.30pm – Lunch in college
  • 1:30pm – Application workshop – work through a series of admissions tests and interview questions with prompts and start thinking beyond the curriculum.
  • 3.00pm – Departure

Visits to Schools

St Hilda's Outreach Officer welcomes requests to visit schools and colleges in our link region of Surrey. Previous talks and programmes to both teacher and schools have included:

  • Oxford (and University) Explained – Presentations for students in years 9, 10 and 11 who should be thinking about applying to selective universities and Oxbridge.
  • Raising Aspirations – Presentations for students in years 9, 10 and 11 which explore all post-16 and post-18 options, with a focus on thinking about applying to University.
  • Applying to Ox(bridge) – Presentations for year 12s who should be/are thinking about applying to Ox(bridge) and/or other selective universities.
  • Application Workshops – Workshops designed for year 12s applying to Oxbridge/other selective universities. Includes personal statement and interview prep as well as a introduction to exploring beyond the curriculum.
  • Exploring Beyond the Syllabus – A workshop designed to encourage students to start to think beyond what they have studied at school. Suitable for years 10 upwards.

St Hilda’s is also a keen supported of the Oxford UNIQ Summer Schools and is pleased to host students during these events. The summer school provides a week-long academic course in a wide variety of subjects. UNIQ is free for year 12 students currently enrolled in state schools. It has a competitive application process. Applications are now open and you can find out more about applying on the UNIQ website.

The Pathways Programme is an outreach initiative run by the University of Oxford's colleges. This term St Hilda’s is supporting the programme’s Year 10 Taster Days from January to March.

Additionally, across the collegiate university are many outreach events, department open days, individual college study days, essay competitions, as well as events aimed at teachers. You can find out more about these via the teacher eNewsletter


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