At a recent Aspiration Day for more than 23 Year 10 students (aged 14-15), five Student Ambassadors, representing different year and subject groups, volunteered their time to host question and answer sessions and lead tours.
“This gives the school students a great opportunity to ask questions and hear about different experiences of student life and study,” commented Access Assistant Kate Brazier Tope. During the tours, visiting school students are particularly keen to hear about the social side of Oxford life and sometimes feel inhibited to ask questions during the more formal Aspiration Day information sessions.
Before taking an active part in Outreach events, Wadham’s Student Ambassadors attend training run by the College’s Access and Outreach team. The interactive sessions help inform students about the issues surrounding access to Oxford, equips them to work with pupils, key university information to include and much more.
“The sessions are designed to maximise the benefit to the pupils visiting Wadham and help the Ambassadors to feel comfortable dealing with a whole range of questions,” said Hugh Munro, Wadham’s Access and Outreach Officer.
At the Aspiration Day for Woodbridge High School and All Saints Catholic School, All Saints staff and pupils were delighted to have a former student, Amy Howlett (Law, 2016) leading the tour.
An accompanying teacher commented: “We were lucky to have an ex-student from All Saints - the reality of being able to attend Oxford was highlighted”.
Feedback from the school students was equally positive:
“It was great! All of the ambassadors and other helpers/teachers were really kind and helpful.”
“I enjoyed the tour really well and the student ambassadors helped me understand the life a person would experience at university.”
“It was a very helpful day which gave me information and courage to apply for top universities like Oxford and Cambridge.”
“I had an incredible day - before coming I was a bit stressed about university but now I have more of an understanding.”
“It was so good getting a taster of how university is. Quite inspirational and honourable being able to come to Oxford - gives you confidence that I too can come here.”
Wadham is extremely grateful to all its Student Ambassadors. The ambassadors involved in this Aspiration Day were: Amy Howlett ( Law, 2016), Reuben Woolley (English and Russian, 2017), Hank Wu (Physics, 2016), Evie Atmore (Classics, 2016) and Ana Rodrigues (Biochemistry, 2017).