It was interesting as it allowed for conversation between students at school and undergraduates revealing a lot about university life at Oxford
Engaging with over 600 Year 8-10 students and almost 300 Year 12 students at schools in the link areas of Bedford, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, seven Wadham undergraduates took part in the week-long programme.
Wadham’s Access Assistant, Catherine Seed, reports on this year’s Roadshow.
“We were blown away by the support from Wadham’s students interested in helping us with this year’s Access Roadshow. As a result we were able to take an unprecedented seven students with us at different points across the week (Mia Boddington (English and French), Helena Carthew (PPE), Daniel Gunn (PPE), the incoming SU Access Officer, Amy Howlett (Law), the outgoing SU Access Officer, Pelin Morgan (English), Kei Patrick(French and Philosophy) and Jack Wands (PPE).
“After surviving the long drive in the dry July heat, the undergraduates eagerly answered the student’s questions. They talked truthfully and openly about their own experiences, from how they approached the daunting task of picking courses and universities, to revealing what it was like for them to move away from home for the first time.
“At many schools we took the opportunity to talk to different year groups, often running separate sessions for younger, Year 8-10 groups and Year 12 students who were considering their options after sixth form. With the younger year groups we explored the exciting teaching and research that happens at university, how university might be different to school, and what students could be doing to put themselves in the best position for university in the future.
“During our sessions with Year 12 students we gave advice for students who may be considering university, which included breaking down the application process. Across both sessions, the most memorable moments came from interaction with our audiences. This provided the opportunity to address the concerns of the school students, which included the fear of choosing the wrong course, uncertainty at the cost of higher education, and the common myths surrounding the university, Oxford life and applications.
“We would like to thank the staff and students from Denbigh School, Harlington Upper School, Lord Grey Academy, Oakgrove School, Sharnbrook Academy, Shenley Brook End School, Stantonbury Campus, and St. Thomas More Catholic School for supporting the Access Roadshow and for welcoming us to their schools. We look forward to continuing to work with schools from across the region, and look forward to engaging with another of our link regions in next year’s Access Roadshow.”
It was very well presented and the Oxford students gave us a lot of useful information. I know a lot more after this session than I did beforehand