On Monday 19 November, De Lisle College hosted both University of Oxford and University of Cambridge as part of a roadshow of visits to schools and colleges. De Lisle students were joined by other local students to hear about the opportunities at both universities. Luke, Schools Liaison Officer for St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, and Amber, Head of Widening Participation at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, spoke to over 200 students across the day from 11 different local schools, colleges and sixth forms in the area.
In the morning, students from year 11 had an introduction to both Oxford and Cambridge, as well as universities in general, and were made aware of the importance of their post-16 subject choices. We were joined by students from Castle Donington College, Iveshead School, Humphrey Perkins School, Rawlins Academy and Woodbrook Vale School.
In the afternoon, year 12 students from De Lisle were joined by those from Melton Vale, Wreake Valley, Loughborough College and Rawlins Academy to hear about the universities’ application processes, as well as being given advice on completing wider reading and “super-curricular activities” to demonstrate their academic enthusiasm when applying. Students had lots of questions for both Luke and Amber about a range of topics relating to university and the admissions process, which they were happy to answer.
Following these talks, current year 13 students, who have applied to either of the universities from De Lisle, Ashby School and Rawlins Academy, were provided with a workshop which gave them an overview of the interview process. Common misconceptions were dispelled through a group exercise where students worked through a sample interview question.
Students were grateful for the time Luke and Amber spent with them and we hope to follow this up with a visit to either University of Oxford or University of Cambridge in the spring term.