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Welcome to the second edition of the University of Oxford outreach in Scotland Teacher Newsletter.

We have quite an exciting month in Oxford, with not only our Scotland tour coming up next week (places still available), but also a new Scotland Summer School project being announced - see below for further details! We hope you find this newsletter useful, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or suggestions about for future editions.

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Universities of Oxford and Cambridge visit to Scotland
The University of Oxford together with the University of Cambridge will be delivering a week long tour in March 2018, which will end with the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference on 16 March in Glasgow (for details of the Student Conference see below).

We will be holding Oxford and Cambridge Explained and Student life talks in the locations detailed below:

Inverness - Culloden Academy - Monday 12 March, 10:30am
Aberdeen - Harlaw Academy - Monday 12 March, 18.00
St Andrews - Madras College - Tuesday 13 March, 13:30
East Lothian - North Berwick High School - Tuesday 13 March, 18.30
Edinburgh - St Thomas of Aquins - Wednesday 14 March, 18.00
Glasgow - Williamwood High School - Thursday 15 March, 13:30
Glasgow - Hillhead High School - Thursday 15 March, 18:00

To book your students onto any of these sessions please use the relevant links above
**New for 2018** Scotland Summer School

The Scotland Oxford Summer School is a two-day residential for students from state funded schools and colleges in Scotland. The Summer School aims to give students a taster of life at Oxford with academic sessions and overnight stay in St Hugh's College, Oxford, as well as workshops on various aspects of the admissions process. There will also be an opportunity to visit the University Open Day following the Summer School.

Alongside the student programme a dedicated teacher programme will be on offer covering aspects of the admissions process from identifying candidates to writing references and preparing candidates for admissions tests and interviews.

 Schools are invited to nominate a maximum of five fifth year students to attend the residential, and students must be accompanied by a teacher.

All students nominated should be considered capable of achieving at least AAAAB in Scottish Highers, supplemented by two or more Advanced Highers, AAA - A*A*A at A level, or equivalent qualifications.

For more information on the Summer School and how to apply, please see 

Scotland Student Conference booking open

The 2018 Scotland Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference
will take place on:

Friday 16 March at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The conferences are designed to bring up-to-date information about our courses, the application process, and admissions procedures at both universities to a venue near you. The events are aimed at Year 12 students who have completed their National 5s, GCSEs or equivalent qualifications and are now undertaking further study. For 2018 we have devised a new teachers' programme and we encourage teachers and HE advisors to consider attending the conferences alongside students.
The conferences will cover:
  • Courses available at Oxford and Cambridge
  • Applying to Oxford and Cambridge, including Student Life
  • Making a competitive application
  • Student finance and careers
  • Teachers and HE Advisors forum – new programme for Scottish teachers
Admissions tutors, academic staff and current undergraduates from both universities will also be on hand to answer students' questions.
Admission is FREE but by ticket only and all bookings should be made online through a teacher. Please do not arrive at a conference venue without having made a booking as you will be turned away.
To make a booking for your students, please visit
University of Oxford Teacher Conferences

The University of Oxford will be running a series of conferences for teachers and advisers this year in June and July. All conferences are free to attend, and the Sutton Trust Teachers' Summer School can provide funding to allow your school to cover the cost of supply teachers during your absence.

Sutton Trust Teachers' Summer School
The Sutton Trust Oxford Teacher Summer School is a two-day residential conference in Oxford for teachers at state-funded schools and colleges in the UK. The conference aims to support teachers to stretch and challenge their most able students, and equip them with the best possible advice and guidance on selective university admissions.

There are 80 places available at the conference for both humanities and STEM teachers. We particularly welcome applications from schools with a limited history of sending students to selective universities generally and Oxford specifically. Participation in the conference is free and includes two nights’ accommodation in an Oxford college and meals. We can also offer a contribution towards the travel and cover costs associated with attending.

Applications open on 1 February 2018. For further details please visit

Regional Teachers’ Conferences
The University organises several free Regional Teachers’ Conferences across the UK in June/July each year. The aims of the conferences are to equip teachers with the best possible advice for their students on applying to Oxford and to break down any misconceptions that might deter students from applying to the University. The programme for the conferences covers all aspects of the admissions process from identifying candidates to writing references and preparing candidates for admissions tests and interviews.

For further details of where the conferences will be held in 2018, and how to book on please visit:

Oxford run several academic competitions which are open to students from schools and colleges in Scotland. Preparing an entry is great practice for any aspiring Oxford applicants and there are also some exciting prizes to be won.

Oxplore, the ‘Home of Big Questions’, aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Oxplore aims to realise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.
Oxford offers generous non-repayable bursaries and scholarships to support Scottish undergraduates from lower-income households. To find out more see our financial support page. 

Oxford Outreach Calendar

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The University of Oxford runs a number of outreach events for prospective applicants both regionally and in Oxford throughout the year. All events are listed on outreach calendar.

Events in Oxford include subject tasters, admissions workshops and both university and departmental open days.

For details of all upcoming events see our outreach calendar.
Visit our outreach calendar
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