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Regional Outreach


As part of the University of Oxford's ongoing commitment to engage with schools, each Oxford college is linked to a number of Local Authorities to ensure that each school has a named first point of contact within the University. Corpus Christi  is linked with the following Local Authorities: Derby, Derbyshire, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford. We work with schools in these areas to raise awareness of HE generally, the University of Oxford and its undergraduate admissions process, and to debunk myths about top universities such as Oxford. This work can include school visits to the College or a visit to the school from the Outreach Officer. All post-16 schools within the maintained sector are also invited to attend our annual Teachers' Conference. At the bottom of the page is a summary of a recent series of outreach visits in the Greater Manchester area.


"It is fair to say that the Outreach Officer has been instrumental in assisting our school in raising both an awareness and the aspirations of the students." Head of Sixth Form


If you would like to find out more about our Regional Outreach work, please contact Suzie Giles, Outreach Officer on 01865 276693 or email her on admissions.office@ccc.ox.ac.uk




June 2015 - Outreach Trip to Greater Manchester

 

In June 2015, I spent 3 days visiting schools in the Greater Manchester area. Starting off at the Blue Coat School in Oldham I spent time talking to both Year 12 and Year 10 students, discussing the various benefits of a university education in general and outlining the specific things Oxford has to offer. Following this, I took a short trip on the tram to Rochdale (taking in some beautiful scenary on the way) to lead a session focussing on the process of applying to Oxford for interested lower-sixth students at Rochdale Sixth Form College; at both schools, students were thoroughly engaged and had plenty of questions they wanted to get answer. Finally that day, I caught a tram back into Manchester (I can only praise the wifi available on the Manchester tram network, far superior to many major train companies) to attend an event organised by the Social Mobility Foundation, designed to specifically support some of the students with whom they work on personal statements and preparation for aptitude tests. A long day, but a thoroughly rewarding one.


Tuesday was a far quieter day, leaving time for some administrative catch up before heading to Salford to visit Buile HIll Visual Arts College and talk to some of their Year 10 students about university life. This session covered a broad range of issues and answered many great questions about what it would be practically like to be a university student both at Oxford and elsewhere - the students here were particularly keen to share ideas in small groups and discuss the various excitements and challenges that would go with their potential future transition to university.


Before returning to Oxford on Wednesday evening, there was time to fit in a trip south of the city centre to visit two schools in Wythenshawe: St Paul's High School, and the Manchester Health Academy. In both schools, very large audiences drawn from a number of year groups gathered to learn moer about the University of Oxford and have their questions answered. In both cases, this was our first visit to these schools (as it was with Buile Hill) and it was particularly exciting to be meeting new students with a desire to find out more about the options open to them in the future. A short piece on the visit to the Manchester Health Academy can be found on their website .

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