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On the 21st of March, 65 Year 12 students came to Wolfson College Oxford for the Study Higher Year 12 BAME Conference. The event was part of the sustained contact programme which prioritises students of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage. The Conference was organised by the University of Oxford in collaboration with Study Higher partners Bucks New University and the University of Reading.
The focus of the day was to encourage students to think about activities that will eventually support their university applications. Students took part in workshops delivered by the three universities on ‘What Makes a Good Personal Statement?’ and learned in more detail about the application process, top tips for applying and how the application process for the University of Oxford differs from other universities.
Students also attended a science and humanities mini-lecture to get a flavour of what a university lecture is like. Finally they had the opportunity to ask current students from all three universities about their experiences of applying to university and what university life is really like. We were pleased to hear that the students found the day really useful and enjoyed having the chance to attend a mini-lecture and speak to ambassadors.
On the 15th of March, 76 Year 10 students from Swindon Academy, Lawn Manor Academy, Garth Hill College, St Joseph’s Catholic College, Blessed Hugh Faringdon and UTC Swindon came to Wolfson College Oxford, for the Study Higher Year 10 Academic Conference.
The Conference was organised by the University of Oxford in collaboration with the University of Reading. The focus of the day was on STEM subjects and linking science subjects with careers. The fun and interactive day gave students the opportunity to attend taster sessions in Zoology, Engineering, Earth Sciences and Maths. They also took part in a STEM Challenge quiz and attended a session about the types of careers you can do if you study science subjects at university. Finally, students had the opportunity to ask current students from the two universities about their experiences of university and what university life is really like.
Teachers and students really enjoyed the day and some of the feedback is below:
“I went along thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy Earth Sciences but I loved it!”
“The most important thing I learned was the different career paths for each subject”
“The day has made me realise there are more options available to me”
“I thought I should go straight into an apprenticeship after GCSEs but I think I might come to Uni now and study something like Business Management/IT/Computing/ Software Engineering”
“I learned about how cool maths is!”
“Had a great day, loved the quiz”