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Year 12s get an insight into life as students at Queen's

18 April 2018

As part of the College’s access and outreach work, a science residential course is held every Easter to give able Year 12 students from state schools an insight into life as a student at Queen’s.

At this year’s science residential, we welcomed 25 Year 12s attending state schools across Lancashire and Cumbria. Two thirds of attendees were flagged for being from backgrounds currently under-represented at the University. All are bright students on track to achieve the entry requirements for our courses.

Throughout the week, students attended taster sessions in Biochemistry, Medicine, Physics, Biological Sciences and Chemistry. They took part in a lab session at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry teaching labs and went on a walking tour of the city. They ate in the College Dining Hall, slept in undergraduate bedrooms overlooking Front Quad, relaxed in the undergraduate common room and worked in the College Library.

All attendees had the chance to take part in two tutorials in their chosen subjects (Medicine, Physics, Maths, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biological Sciences), meeting Queen’s tutors in small groups to discuss their subject interests and find out what it would be like to study here. Attendees were supported by five fantastic undergraduate ambassadors (Pip, Henry, Ella, Beinn and Alvin) who showed them around the city, organised evening entertainment and answered all of their questions.

Attendees almost universally agreed that they were both more likely to apply to Oxford and more confident about making their applications. It was a pleasure to meet such bright, dedicated and engaged young people and we sincerely hope to see them again in a couple of years! Next year we hope to significantly expand this residential to include a strand for students from the north west interested in studying the arts and humanities at Oxford.

Our attendees said:

‘It was a very good event and I feel much more confident about the application process’ – Fiona

‘I loved the tutorials and getting used to academic discussions with Oxford tutors. I was inspired to do more further reading and it was great to meet like-minded people who are preparing in the same ways as me’ – James 

‘I liked the familial environment and really enjoyed studying in the library, it was a really nice space’ – Jack

‘I have realised that the application process is not as difficult as I thought’ – Sherin

At the end of the week, Fellow in Medicine Chris Norbury wished the students well: ‘It was great to meet you all. Astonishingly good questions in our session on genomes and disease! Good luck with your next adventures.’

Orock Nsoatabe, Schools Liaison, Outreach and Recruitment Officer


Easter science residential year 12 taster course