Summer Schools 2020

28th May 2020


Resources from Wadham Summer Schools in Classics and Biology/Human Sciences have moved online following the cancellation of this year’s residential programmes due to COVID-19.

"The online content is a good way of developing your subject knowledge and skills and gives you a taste of what these subjects might be like at university,” says Wadham’s Head of Access and Outreach Hugh Munro. Watch this quick message from Hugh below. 

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The Classics programme centres around ‘Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World’ and a downloadable handbook, reading list and essay topics taken from those used previously in running the Summer School. The themes include the social status of women in the Greek or Roman world and the use of ancient poetry to provide accurate pictures of this period. 

The Biology/Human Sciences programme asks ‘What makes us Human’ and includes a series of exercises aimed at identifying factors which make humans unique as a species, categorising traits and designing experiments to test differences. 

Excerpts from key reading materials for both summer schools are included in the downloadable resources as well as additional reading lists for further online research.  

“We know how disappointed students hoping to take part in the programmes will be and we wanted to do as much as we could to help,” adds Hugh. Further resources covering personal statements, admissions tests and interviews are all available on the Wadham Student Resources webpage 

Students interested in finding out more about studying Classics at Oxford can also look at the Classics Outreach pages.  Students keen to find out more about Biology can find out more about the course here and see what opportunities are available here.

Wadham’s Engineering Summer School, which is organised in conjunction with the University of Oxford Unique programme, will be running virtually this summer and students are advised to refer to their emails from UNIQ for more information.