Oxford's two universities work together to support teachers

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Oxford University and Oxford Brookes are working together to help schools provide guidance for pupils on how to apply.

The University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University are jointly hosting a one-day conference for local teachers and guidance advisors on Friday 27th February.

Over 70 teachers from Oxfordshire and the surrounding local authorities will be attending the Teachers' Conference on Higher Education, where they will be taking part in a wide range of workshops run by both universities.

The conference is designed to help schools and colleges support their pupils through the higher education application process and visiting teachers will have the chance to see both universities, with sessions being held at St Hilda's College in the morning and Oxford Brookes University in the afternoon.

Admissions staff will be sharing their knowledge of topics including UCAS personal statements and references, non-traditional routes to higher education, and student finance. Teachers will be able to see mock interviews for competitive subjects with tutors and current students.

The day has been designed to focus on issues that are important to schools and colleges, and admissions staff from the universities hope to learn from the experiences of local teachers.

Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Oxford University, said: 'We want to help support teachers and guidance advisors as they play a key role in advising potential university applicants. Oxford is an international university but we attract a large number of students from the local area and we do a lot of outreach work with schools and colleges in the region, across a wide range of subjects and age groups. Teachers have very busy schedules and this conference should give them an opportunity to get useful, up-to-date information from both universities with just one trip to Oxford.'

Edward Trewhella, UK Marketing Director at Oxford Brookes University, added: 'We're pleased to team up with Oxford University on the joint teachers' conference for the second year running. The sessions are designed to support our teachers so they have the latest admissions information to hand when it comes to advising their students on university choices for the future. Twenty per cent of our undergraduates are from Oxfordshire and we want to encourage more students to see higher education as an achievable choice.'