Bridging the gap

22nd September 2021


Helping freshers transition from school to Oxford, Wadham College is hosting Opportunity Oxford students, preparing them for undergraduate study.

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The two-week bridging programme taking place this month helps talented UK offer-holders from under-represented backgrounds prepare for successful student careers here.  

Wadham has 25 students on the Medical Sciences Stream (Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Biomedical Science, Psychology) staying and dining at Wadham, one of nine colleges being used for the programme, using space in the new Access and Undergraduate Centres to socialise and study. 

Over the course of the residential, Wadham has also hosted seminars and teaching for Opportunity Oxford students studying classical studies and staying at different colleges. Fellow and Tutor Peter Thonemann led one session which included two students who will be joining Wadham this year.  

“The programme explores and develops high-level academic skills that support the success of participants in their further studies. Opportunity Oxford also gives an insight into what life as an Oxford student is like so, when participants arrive to start their degree course, they can feel confident and know exactly what is expected of them and what to expect from Oxford,” said a spokesperson for Opportunity Oxford. 

Some 200 students are taking part in Opportunity Oxford this year, spanning different streams including the Medical Sciences division, Humanities, MPLS, PPE/Law and more. Six of these students will be joining Wadham as undergraduates, studying Classics, Engineering, Experimental Psychology, Law and History.

Wadham’s Head of Access and Outreach Dr Hugh Munro commented: "It is a pleasure to host these students to help them begin their Oxford studies with confidence and to continue developing the study skills that they’ll need.”