One of eleven Aspiration Days for 20 visiting school groups during Hilary Term, some of this group of Year 9 and 10 students were not only visiting Oxford for the first time, it was their first trip outside London.
As part of the College’s Access to Excellence programme, visiting students learned about the collegiate system, courses available at university and financial support. They not only attended academic taster sessions but also enjoyed guided tours around Wadham by current students who answered questions about the academic and social sides of student life. A visit to Oxford’s Natural History Museum was a highlight of the day, particularly the opportunity to handle some of the exhibits.
“I have learned a lot more about the how universities work and the variety of subjects that you can study,” commented one pupil.
“It was interesting to find out about how you can get help with the payments for going to university and how and when you pay back on the loans,” added another.
One student was surprised to hear of the range of courses available at university: “There are loads of courses at university – everyone I know seems to be doing Law or Business- there is so much more choice.”
Commenting on her understanding of the College system another student added: “When you go to a college like Wadham you are not by yourself – it is like a family who look out for each other.”
Wadham tutors and lecturers play an active part in Wadham’s access work. Taster sessions this term have included:
Sandy Steel (Law) ‘Benefitting from Wrongdoing’
Christopher Summerfield (Medicine) ‘How to Build a Brain from Scratch’
Judy Stephenson (Economic History) ‘What is this thing called … work? Jobs and employment in the past and the future’
Ushashi Dasgupta (English) ‘How To Live Together'
Tom Sinclair (Philosophy) ‘Teleporters, 3D printers, and your survival’
Andrew Farmery (Medicine) 'Is Medicine a Science or an Art?'
Jane Griffiths (English) ‘Poems and Paintings’
Cedric Tan (Biology) ‘The WildCRU Game: Global Carnivore Conservation’