Outreach

School visits to Oxford

We host a variety of school and college visits at St Catherine’s College throughout the academic year. A typical visit usually involves the following:

  • ‘Oxford Explained’ Presentation
  • Q & A with current students (during term-time)
  • Tour of College
  • Lunch in Hall (provided free-of-charge)

We are very willing to tailor the visits to the needs of your students, if at all possible, so please do contact us  by emailing us at admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk to discuss ideas.

In-school visits

It may be possible for a representative of the College to visit your school or college to give an ‘Oxford Explained’ presentation. Please email us at admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk to enquire.

Individual visits

If you are unable to attend the University of Oxford Open Days then you can visit the college any day of the year. Please report to the Porters’ Lodge on arrival where you can collect a prospectus for the college and a map. You will not be able to access any of the buildings but you may do a self-guided tour. If you are unable to visit Oxford you can also look at our social media pages, website, videos and interactive map.

Flagship Outreach Events

Northern Ireland Summer School

In June 2015, Catz ran its first annual Summer School for Northern Irish students in collaboration with New College. The Summer School takes place in 10th Week of Trinity Term and is designed to run up to the Open Days, allowing Northern Irish students to make the most from a single visit. The students are given the opportunity to experience life as an Oxford student, staying in College accommodation, eating meals in the College dining hall and attending tutorials. There is also a programme of events for teachers, including a Q&A session with tutors.

Women in Science

Last year we held our first Women in Science Day in parallel with similar events at Trinity College and Jesus College. This was a very successful event and we are planning to run another Women in Science day again this year to expand our work encouraging women in science and STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). If you are a teacher or student interested in women in science events please check our upcoming events.

Leathersellers’ Day

In March, St Catherine’s College hosted the second Leathersellers’ Day as part of the continued relationship that exists between the College and the Leathersellers’ Company. Last year we welcomed a number of Leathersellers’ Scholars from Colfe’s School and pupils from the Leathersellers’ Federation Schools. It was agreed that this event would alternate between Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and St Catherine’s College. This year the Federation Schools visited Cambridge while we hosted some of the partner schools as well as the Leathersellers’ Scholars. We welcomed 50 students from four different schools. The students were given a talk about going to university, Oxford University and the admissions process. They were also given a tour of College and had a Q&A session with current students. The students also received a subject taster session. We ran seven different sessions, split between the sciences, medicine and the arts. This is an ongoing relationship involving the annual Leathersellers’ Day.

Partnerships

St Catherine’s College works in collaboration with a number of schemes and charities, hosting and supporting access events and initiatives.

Pathways

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The Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford. The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students, and teachers, in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford. All of the events are run in Oxford, and are free for students to attend. This year we ran workshops for two of their Year 10 Taster Days at St Catherine’s College, and also hosted their Year 12 Physics Day. If you are a teacher wishing to apply on behalf of students please see the Pathways website: https://www.pathways.ox.ac.uk/

Target Oxbridge

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The Target Oxbridge programme aims to aid Year 12 Caribbean and black African students, and mixed race students with Caribbean and black African heritage, in getting into the University of Cambridge and Oxford. St Catherine’s College is proud to support this scheme financially and in kind. For more information on the scheme please visit their website.

UNIQ

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UNIQ is the University of Oxford’s flagship outreach programme. Its aims are to raise aspirations of students attending state schools and provide information on higher education and applications to the University of Oxford. Preference is generally given to those from areas with low progression to higher and/or education low socio-economic status backgrounds. Students that apply may go on to be selected for either a Spring residential, Summer residential or UNIQ Digital, all provided free of charge. For more information please see their website.

The Brilliant Club

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The Brilliant Club, is a charity that aims to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. They use PhD students to provide tutorials to small groups of pupils and increase their interest in learning. St Catherine’s College host several events in collaboration with The Brilliant Club throughout the year. For information see the website.

Open Days – Open to all years

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If you are thinking of applying to the University of Oxford then we would encourage you to find out more about St Catherine’s College by attending one of our Open Days. The College will be open for the next main University Open Days, which are scheduled for Wednesday 3 July 2019, Thursday 4 July 2019, and Friday 20 September 2019.

There is no need to book to attend our Open Days – everyone is welcome! We will be open from 9.30 am until 6.00 pm. A full programme of events is found below.

Open Day Programme

9.30 am – 6.00 pm
Welcome Desk
Porters’ Lodge

12.15 pm
Subject Meetings with tutors for prospective applicants (including Q&A)
Various locations (advertised on the JCR noticeboard)

12.15 pm
Information session for parents and teachers (including Q&A)
JCR Lecture Theatre

1.00 pm
Sandwich Lunch
JCR Lounge

1.45 pm
Introduction to Oxford, St Catherine’s and the Admissions Process
JCR Lecture Theatre

Please note that lunch and seats for talks held in the JCR Lecture Theatre will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Junior Common Room (JCR)

Refreshments and information leaflets will be available in the JCR throughout the day, and current students and members of staff will be present to answer questions and give directions. Tours of the College will start from the JCR at regular intervals throughout the day.

Subject Meetings with Tutors

Please note that tutor availability cannot be guaranteed and may be subject to change. Due to space restrictions we regret that only prospective students can attend the subject meetings. Parents, guardians and teachers are encouraged to attend the information session at 12.15 pm whilst prospective applicants meet subject tutors.

Food

Sandwiches will be available in the JCR at 1.00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be available throughout the day in the JCR.

Accommodation

A limited amount of accommodation will be available at St Catherine’s for prospective applicants attending the Open Day. Unfortunately, we are only able to accommodate prospective applicants, and not parents or teachers. The charge is £10/night per person for dinner, bed and breakfast. Please email admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk to enquire about availability.

Please be aware…

During your visit to Oxford you may see organisations handing out leaflets in the street, claiming to offer advice on the application process. Please be warned that these businesses are not affiliated with the University of Oxford, and they may charge for their services. We encourage you to take advantage of the many free opportunities the University is offering to find out more.

Travelling to St Catherine’s

Directions to St Catherine’s are found here. We strongly recommend that you use public transport if at all possible. If you do travel by car, please note that parking in the City Centre is very limited. There are several Park & Ride bus services, which run from car parks on the outskirts of Oxford. Please avoid both the Thornhill and Seacourt Park & Rides, which are often full.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Open Days. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate ask them via email.

If you would like a tour of the College but are unable to attend an Open Day then please email the Deputy Academic Registrar (Admissions & Access) (admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk) to arrange a visit.

External Information and Resources

For more information and resources relating to widening access and participation please visit the University of Oxford website here.

Upcoming Events for Prospective Students

Check out details for some of the events that we are hosting at St Catherine’s College.