Annual Admissions Statistical Report
The Annual Admissions Statistical Report published this month provides extensive information about undergraduate admissions at Oxford. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic which created unprecedented concerns around educational inequality, the University has made record progress on the admission of students from under-represented groups.
At Queen’s, our outreach initiatives aim to contribute to University-wide access targets, as laid out in the University’s Access and Participation plan. The College employs a full-time Schools Liaison, Outreach and Recruitment Officer, who works with state schools in our link areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Cumbria, Lancashire, Lewisham and Sutton. We also support University-led outreach events and initiatives such as the Opportunity Oxford Programme, and collaborate with colleagues from Corpus Christi, Pembroke, and St Peter’s Colleges in our work as ‘Oxford for North West’. We are also excited to be progressing with a new partnership with The Access Project, which will start in schools in Michaelmas 2022. This partnership will place University Liaison Officers in four disadvantaged schools in the North-West. They will provide sustained contact and foster a positive culture of change within these communities. The project is funded by the College as well as with generous contributions from Old Members.
We have been pleased to be able to offer a hybrid approach to outreach in this post-pandemic world, still carrying out some events virtually but also now able to re-open our doors to prospective students wishing to visit us in person. Our Schools Liaison, Outreach and Recruitment Officer has spent considerable time visiting schools in our link areas to deliver sessions demystifying the student experience at Oxford and supporting students in navigating the application process.
We do not deliver our outreach programme with a sole aim of recruiting undergraduates to Queen’s. Instead, we hope that the information, advice, and guidance we provide will help all students to make the right choices for them. Where that choice is Oxford, our events (such as our annual Lewisham Programme run in collaboration with our outreach colleagues at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, and the Lewisham Borough Council) aim to provide students with the support necessary to make strong, competitive applications.
We welcome suggestions and engagement from teachers and young people, especially those in our link areas, about any additional forms of support or events they think would be beneficial. Please contact our Schools Liaison, Outreach and Recruitment Officer with your ideas or to request a visit to or from the College. We know that there is always more that we can do to continue to widen access, both to the College and the University more generally, and to make sure that students of all backgrounds feel at home within our community.
Tutor for Admissions & Tutor for Access and Outreach