First joint teachers' conference

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Oxford and Oxford Brookes universities host first joint teachers' conference.

Teachers from 52 schools and colleges visited Oxford's two universities on Wednesday 27 February to attend a conference on how best to advise their students on university admissions. The teachers came from schools across Oxfordshire and surrounding Local Authorities.

It is the first time that Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University have joined forces to run an event aimed specifically at teachers. The morning session took place at the main campus at Oxford Brookes University with the afternoon sessions taking place at St Hugh's College, Oxford.

Admissions staff at the two universities also had the opportunity to learn first-hand from the teachers about how they can improve their support for potential applicants.

Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Oxford University, gave the keynote address on changes to 14-19 education and developments in UCAS procedures. The afternoon session included a series of workshops on interviews for competitive courses such as Law and Medicine, on student finance, on post-HE careers, admissions testing and access projects.

Mike Nicholson said: 'Teachers play a very important role in advising their pupils on career and university choice. We acknowledge that keeping up with higher education developments and admissions issues is not easy for teachers whose schedule is usually very busy. We therefore thought it would make sense for teachers to take just one trip to Oxford, and we designed the day to give everybody plenty of time to learn from each other.'

Edward Trewhella, UK Marketing Director at Oxford Brookes University, said: 'Supporting teachers in schools and colleges so that they have the very latest admissions information at their fingertips is vital if we are to encourage more students to see higher education as an achievable choice. Indeed, one of the workshops focused entirely on widening access to higher education and how we can help young people to fulfil their potential.'