Access & Outreach/
Our Link Regions and Hub Schools

In order to make it easier for you to establish a first point of contact with the University, Oxford for UK links groups of University colleges with particular regions of the UK. 

This allows us to get to know schools and colleges in specific regions better, offer support for your area, and provide a more direct way of staying in touch with us.

At the moment, students from Wales are under-represented at Oxford. To help change this, the University has launched Oxford Cymru: an extensive community outreach programme, offering bespoke and local support to students of mixed ages, their families and teachers.

Welsh primary school children visiting College, March 2020.

Three Oxford colleges, Jesus CollegeNew College and St Catherine’s College, have joined forces to lead on delivering this exciting new programme. By working together, these colleges will ensure that for the first time the University of Oxford is able to offer a coherent outreach programme that covers the whole of Wales. Our aims are ambitious:

  • To provide sustained outreach support across ALL regions of Wales for students, teachers and prospective university applicants from underrepresented groups.
  • To encourage and inspire Welsh students of all ages and from all backgrounds to enjoy their learning, be independent learners, have the confidence to be themselves and to be ambitious about their futures.
  • To improve the educational opportunities of all students.
  • To help those in Wales aiming for top universities to achieve their goal.
  • By 2023, to increase the number of students from currently under-represented groups from 15% of the current UK undergraduate intake to 25% of the UK undergraduate intake.
  • For Oxford University to be a realistic goal for anyone with academic talent and commitment.

To find out more, please go to the Oxford Cymru website for more information.

We are partnered with the London areas of Lambeth and Wandsworth, providing access and outreach programmes across the boroughs to widen participation, develop skills, and increase access to Oxford.

Lambeth school

A Lambeth school visit, 2019

We prioritise our access activities for non-selective state schools in our areas. Prospective applicants, independent schools and schools from other regions are of course welcome to contact us to arrange a College tour. If you are a prospective mature applicant, do get in touch as we’d love to help and advise you!

Oxford for UK provides an initial point of contact. If you have existing contact with a college or department you are welcome to stay in touch with them.

In order to build the longer-term, community-focused support we can offer to students and prospective applicants, we have teamed up with schools in our regions to operate a ‘hub school’ system. Hub schools act as a central point from which we can deliver academic sessions and guidance workshops to pupils from a variety of schools. We have so far established hubs within three areas:

Blaenau Gwent, South Wales

In September 2018, in collaboration with Nick Smith MP for Blaenau Gwent, we established Jesus College’s first Hub school. Coleg Gwent is in one of Europe’s poorest regions. Our Access Fellow regularly visits the Hub, working with students to encourage and equip more of them to make competitive applications to Oxford.

Newport, South Wales

In June 2019 we launched our hub of Newport schools and sixth form colleges. This is a coordinated approach with the local authority and with the support of the local Seren hub (EAS Consortium).

Camberwell, Lambeth

In late 2019 we teamed up with St Gabriel’s College to create our first London hub. The aim is to expand engagement with Lambeth schools, where we will focus on raising student aspirations, widening access to Oxford and helping students develop the skills required for post-16 education choices and progression.

Our long-term goal – dependent on funding and human resource – is to create further collaborations elsewhere in our regions. In addition, during 2020/2021 we plan to start a ‘Teacher Champion’ scheme, details of which will follow soon.

One of our aims for the 2020-2021 year is to launch a Teacher Champions scheme. The scheme will seek to engage and work with state school teachers within our regions on a sustained and regular basis. We want to support and equip teachers to help their students make competitive applications to Oxford. Details of the scheme will follow in due course.