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Schools Outreach at Queen’s

At Queen's, we want to make sure that we are attracting applications from the best and brightest students, regardless of their social or economic background. The outreach work the College undertakes aims to help young people - typically from backgrounds not traditionally significantly represented at Oxford - to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to make an application to highly selective universities. Outreach at Queen's contributes to University-wide access targets, as described in the University Access Agreement (here).

Our Outreach Officer works with schools from all over the country; however, through the University’s Regional Outreach Strategy, Queen's provides the first point-of-contact for schools in the following areas in the North West of England:

  • Cumbria
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn with Darwen

as well as the following London Boroughs:

  • Lewisham
  • Sutton

Most of our outreach work is therefore aimed at students attending state secondary schools in these areas. Where possible, we prioritise working with those schools and colleges that have not seen a large number of their students progress on to highly selective universities in recent years.

Our outreach efforts are varied and extensive, and we are always looking for new ways to collaborate with schools. If you have any suggestions for outreach work we may be able to undertake, or would like to arrange a visit to Queen's (or have us come to you!) then please do get in touch.  

Ask our students

Lots of the events we run at Queen's offer prospective applicants the chance to meet and speak to our current undergraduates. This is because we recognise the power these interactions have to break down barriers to top universities like Oxbridge. However, we know that not all prospective applicants will be able to come visit us and so we have launched an initiative to allow these students to interact with our undergraduates online. Head over to our Ask Queen's page now, and start chatting!