University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry

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Events in Oxford

For individuals

Open days

The main Oxford open days are on 2 and 3 July and 19 September 2014 – see p 182 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]. These are the best time to visit Oxford, because so many colleges and departments will be open. There are other, smaller events throughout the year, including:

18, 25 & 26 March Materials Science

19, 20 & 21 March Law

25 March Theology (and joint courses)

26 April Modern Languages (and joint courses)

9 May Geography

3 & 10 May Mathematics (and joint courses)

10 May Computer Science (and joint courses)

Taster talks and tours

We offer talks and taster tours of some colleges and departments during some school and college holidays, mainly for students who are thinking about applying within the next year. The programme includes a talk covering the benefits of studying at Oxford, including our distinctive tutorial teaching methods and college system, as well as how to make a competitive application. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour of one or two colleges during your visit.

For UK Year 12 students

Shadowing schemes

Target Schools is Oxford University Student Union's (OUSU) flagship access programme. The aim of the campaign is to debunk the various myths about studying at Oxford, and to increase representation from students whose schools don’t have much history of coming to study here. Across two terms, current undergraduates are shadowed by Year 12 students. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for the scheme, email or visit

UNIQ summer schools

In July and August each year, the UNIQ summer schools welcome students to the University of Oxford for a week-long exploration of academic study. UNIQ allows students to gain an accurate and informed picture of the University and encourages them to think of themselves as potential applicants. Participants follow an intensive academic programme run by current tutors at Oxford. UNIQ participants live in an Oxford college for one week and take part in a variety of social activities each evening. Applications are welcome from students currently in their first year of A-levels (or equivalent) at UK state schools/colleges. Preference is given to applicants who come from schools and areas with little or no history of successful application to Oxford. The UNIQ application deadline is in February. For more information, please visit


For schools


The Pathways Programme provides information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford for targeted UK non-selective state schools. It runs free events in Oxford (supported by the Sutton Trust) including Year 10 Taster Days, Year 11 Investigating Options days, Year 12 subject-specific Study Days and a Year 13 Application Information Day. Schools can check eligibility by emailing or visiting

Widening participation

Oxford works with state school students aged 9–16 (Years 5–11) in Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, to help them understand what they could gain from further or higher education, and what type of study might suit them best. From one-hour workshops to residential events, we offer an exciting range of opportunities to suit a variety of ages and target groups. Please do get in touch by emailing or visit us at

For teachers

We recognise the key role that teachers, careers advisors and counsellors play in students’ decision-making processes. Oxford offers a variety of events to support you in your work, including study weeks and conferences, many of which are run by Oxford colleges. You can find the full list, and sign up for email updates, at

Each February we offer a two-day residential conference for international guidance counsellors which provides an insight into all aspects of life at Oxford as well as our admissions process. To find out more please visit


Events near you

Oxford met with students and teachers from 3,355 schools in 2012-13

For schools

School and college visits

The University of Oxford organises a range of events for potential applicants. Travelling throughout the UK and beyond, we meet with students, teachers, parents and carers. We welcome the chance to deliver presentations and workshops and talk with interested students about all aspects of applying to, and studying at, Oxford. Where possible, we are keen to encourage schools to coordinate with other local schools because this enables us to work with more students over the year and, we believe, enriches students’ interaction. For more details and to arrange a visit, please get in touch (see below).

Higher education fairs and conventions

Oxford University attends higher education fairs and conventions across the UK. These are an opportunity to speak to an Oxford representative face-to-face, to find out more information about our undergraduate courses, as well as gain advice on the application process. For further details, please see

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

These events, which take place in March, are another way to find out more about the University without travelling far from home. They include detailed sessions on the admissions process, student life, interviews, student finance and the many different courses at Oxford and Cambridge. Admissions tutors, Admissions Office staff and current undergraduates are there to answer questions about applying to Oxford or Cambridge. For more information and to book, see


UK schools and colleges

As part of the University of Oxford’s ongoing commitment to engage with schools and colleges, we have developed a programme of regional links, so that each Local Authority in the UK is linked with a particular Oxford college. This scheme is designed to give each school and college a first point of contact within the University.

The links do not have any bearing on the admissions process and will not influence whether an Oxford college offers a candidate a place. For further information, to find your college link, or to arrange a visit please see


International recruitment

More than 1 in 8 undergraduates at Oxford are from outside the UK, representing around 130 countries. We hold events for prospective applicants, their parents and careers counsellors in a number of countries around the world, with presentations tailored to different audiences, informing potential students about Oxford and our admissions processes. If we are unable to come to your school in person, we will be happy to deliver a Skype presentation to students.

For information on events in your country please email or see

We also offer a residential conference for international guidance counsellors – see p 185 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]. To find out more please visit

For teachers

The Student Recruitment Team delivers a series of Regional Teachers’ Conferences across the UK to equip teachers with the best possible advice for their students on applying to Oxford and to break down any misconceptions that might deter students from applying to the University. The programme covers all aspects of the admissions process from identifying candidates to writing references and preparing candidates for admissions tests and interviews. The conferences visit different regions across the UK on a biennial basis. For details please email

A number of colleges also hold conferences in Oxford. To be kept informed of all these events and to sign up to our teachers’ e-newsletter please visit


Admissions Information Centre

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are here to help with any questions you might have about applying to study at Oxford, or what it’s like to be a student here.

Email, phone, or drop in to visit – we’re normally available 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday. There’s no need to make an appointment.

Admissions i

55 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HS

+44 (0) 1865 288000


Oxford interviews - your guide

Explains how Oxford interviews work (with example questions) and gives advice on how to prepare.

Supporting an applicant - a parents’ and carers guide

Everything you need to know if you are supporting someone who is thinking about applying to Oxford.

International students’ guide

Oxford’s application process is the same wherever you’re from, but if you live outside the EU there are some extra things you need to know.

Mature students’ guide

If you’ll be 21 or older when you start your course, then you are a ‘mature student’.

Supporting your move to Oxford

If you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, Oxford wants to offer you extra support.

Pick these up in the Admissions Information Centre, at an Open Day, or download from

Alternative Prospectus

OUSU (see p 169 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]) produces the Alternative Prospectus, which is written entirely by students, for students. This aims to give an inside view of living and studying in Oxford, the colleges and the application process.


Oxford online

iTunes U contains all our podcasts, as well as public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics and more. You can watch and listen on your computer, or download files to your phone or mp3 player.

Oxford has its own YouTube channel including lectures and films about the admissions process.

Join more than one million followers on our Facebook page and catch up with the latest news and information about the University at

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Audio tours

Take a tour whenever you like - or just listen at home. Our downloadable mp3 tours with accompanying maps cover different courses you may be interested in, as well as information about colleges, libraries and other places of interest along the route, interviews with students and guidance on how to apply.

Wall of 100 Faces

100 short videos of Oxford students talking about some aspect of their time here. There is a mix of undergraduate and graduate students from the UK and overseas, studying many different subjects, involved in many different extra-curricular activities and from almost all colleges.

This website contains all the information from this prospectus and more, with video and audio content and all the latest updates.

Small Print

A matriculated student at Oxford University is a member both of the University and of one of its constituent colleges or permanent private halls. The two relationships are governed by separate, though interlinking, contracts. The form of contract with the University is a complete and exclusive statement of the express terms of the contract between each matriculated student and the University.

If and when an offer is made to you, you will be referred to the provisions of the University Student Contract (available at, and you should study this carefully before accepting the offer. If you are also supplied with a form of college contract, you should give this similar attention. The University Student Contract (and any college contract) will govern the relationship between you and the University and you and the relevant college, should you accept an offer.

Provided that you satisfy any conditions set out in the offer, you will be sent a final confirmation letter by the University and the relevant college; and asked to sign and return a copy of the University Student Contract (and any college contract) as a condition of enrolment.

The University will deliver a student’s chosen programme of study in accordance with the descriptions set out in the University Prospectus online and on the University Admissions Offices websites. However, where courses or options depend on placement at another institution or on specialist teaching, availability in a given year cannot be guaranteed in advance. The University also reserves the right to vary the content and delivery of programmes of study; to discontinue, merge or combine options within programmes of study; and to introduce new options or courses. Changes in course provision may arise from desirable developments in the relevant subject or alterations in teaching practice and/or facilities, as well as from causes such as resource constraints or staff movements. Changes in course provision may occur either before or after admission, but will take account of the reasonable expectations of any student admitted to or engaged on a specific programme of study. In the unlikely circumstance of the University deciding to make substantial and material changes to a programme of study after acceptance of a place by a student, the student will be able to withdraw from that programme of study.

Please note that any dates which may be given to you for the sitting of examinations or the notification or publication of results are estimates only. If the University is prevented from meeting those dates by adverse circumstances beyond its control, the University will take all reasonable steps to put alternative arrangements in place as quickly as possible, and to keep you informed.


Illustrations by Katy Dawkins, University of Oxford Design Studio.

The majority of the photo images are credited to Greg Smolonski and Rob Judges with additional material credited to: Jay Armstrong, Lee Atherton, The Botanic Garden, KT Bruce, Paul Christopher/ Wikimedia Commons, Sarah Crake, Mezz Davies, Rob Day, DE Photo, Richard Earl, Genesis Graphics Ltd, Markus Gerstel, David Gower, Kerry Harrison, Becca Hayes, James Howe, iStockPhoto, Jan Kaesbach, David Latham, Hannah Madsen, Dick Makin, Mazz Image/, Molyneux Associates, PA Photocall, Hugh Palmer,, Pmgumo k/Wikimedia Commons, RockSoc, Phil Sayer, Bi Scott, Jason Sengel, Sue Srawley, John Stather, Beata Stencel, Julia Massey Stewart, Matt Stuart, Meera Syal, Pawel Sytniewski, Ian Taylor, University of Oxford, Richard Williams and the Oxford colleges and their staff and students who have supplied photographs. We also gratefully acknowledge Morguefile and Shutterstock for additional images. Thank you to all the contributors whose material we have used.

Specific references required by supplier: pp 26-27 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note] Classical Archaeology and Ancient History: images produced courtesy of the Cast Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford; p 68 History of Art: Clara Peeters, Still Life of Fruit and Flowers, WA1940.2.61 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford; Utagawa Hiroshige, Dawn Inside the Yoshiwara, EAX.4353 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford; Apocalypse with commentary: St John on Patmos, MS. Tanner 184, p 1 © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford; Gottfried Lindauer, Portrait of Ngairo Pakai Hikuroa oil on canvas, 1938.35.1880 © Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

Please contact the University’s Publications Team for details of individual image credits: +44 (0) 1865 280545

How to get to OXFORD


Oxford station runs regular direct services to London Paddington, Birmingham New Street and others. National Rail Enquiries: +44 (0) 8457 484950

Coaches from cities

X90 (London):

Oxford Tube (London):

National Express (nationwide):

Coaches from airports

London Heathrow (every 30 minutes during the day); Gatwick (every hour) with a reduced service overnight (both airports):

London Stansted (every 2 hours):


Parking in Oxford is severely limited and to be avoided if possible. Park and Ride bus services operate between the city centre and parking areas on the outskirts (see map). Open days are especially busy, so please arrive early and allow extra time for travel into the city

You may like to listen to local radio for traffic updates: BBC Oxford 95.2 FM Heart FM 102.6 and 97.4 FM Jack FM 106.8 and 106.4 FM

5 Ways to visit OXFORD

  1. Open Days

Wednesday 2 July, Thursday 3 July and Friday 19 September 2014, with smaller events throughout the year

  1. Audio tours

Download an mp3 and take your tour whenever you want.

  1. College visits

Most colleges welcome visits from potential applicants all year round.

  1. Student Shadowing

Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) invites UK Year 12 students to come and live undergraduate life for a day.

  1. Admissions Information Centre

55 Little Clarendon Street, OX1 2HS We welcome drop-in visitors Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm

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