Prestigious Oxford University Visit

Year 11 and 12 students gained an initial insight into what it is like studying at a prestigious university when Stephanie Hale visited us at Coombe Dean back in November.

So on a very early morning on Tuesday the 3rd March, and after collecting our Consortium students from Plymstock school, we made our way to Oxford University. Being greeted by Stephanie again, visiting students started their day in a lecture theatre within Exeter College, which happens to be one of the 35 colleges which form Oxford University. Students discovered various interview techniques which are used to not necessarily answer a question, but to ask why, and to form their own opinions around a topic.

We continued with a tour and discovered that Oxford University forms the heart of a beautiful and historic city in the south east of England. Today, about 24,000 students study a variety of courses, from Archaeology and Anthropology through to Mathematics and Philosophy. We also looked at some other colleges, such as Corpus Christi, Lady Margaret Hall and the Jesus College, before we stopped for lunch – which can only be described as the great big hall from Hogwarts.

After lunch, we had a tour by one of the university ambassadors, who gave us an insight into what it’s like as a student currently studying at Oxford. We finished the day by looking at research materials of our interests, and sharing our ideas with each other.

Students in Year 12 are now welcomed to participate at a three day residential in June, where they can attend lectures. They will finish their experience by attending the open day, where they will have an opportunity to meet lecturers in their chosen field of interest.  More information will follow, and should students wish to make an application, they will be fully supported by the Outreach department via Stephanie.

 

V Koehler-Lewis 

 

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