Is Oxbridge for me?
St Helen’s hosts a biennial outreach event focused on applying to Oxford and Cambridge, to which students from schools across Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties are invited. The event aims to answer some questions and break down pre-conceived stigma about applying for Oxbridge.
In March 2019 over 300 students from over 30 schools attended the ‘Is Oxbridge for me?’ event. Speakers from each university – often Directors of Admissions and Access Officers – give engaging and informative keynote speeches, helping students to understand the broad range of courses on offer at Oxford and Cambridge and the world-class teaching students receive through tutorials. They emphasise the academic, pastoral and financial support available alongside the wide range of extracurricular options and excellent graduate opportunities.
These are often followed by a Q&A session with current Oxbridge students – in 2019 St Helen’s Old Girls Clare Rawlingson (Head Girl 2017–18) who is at Trinity College, Oxford; Freya Wooding from St Catherine’s College, Cambridge; Emma Hawkings at St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford; and Eleanor Woods at Queen’s College, Oxford.
Applying for medicine/veterinary medicine
This event is held in the alternate year to the Oxbridge outreach event, aimed at encouraging and informing students who are thinking about applying for medicine and veterinary medicine degrees at university. Invitations are sent to schools across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire – in March 2020 over 170 students from 35 schools attended St Helen’s for a university fair, a talk from Dr Brain, the Head of Intercalation from Birmingham University and an overview of the medicine course at both Cardiff and Birmingham universities.
“Having attended the medic/vet higher education event, I feel as though I now have a much clearer idea of which specific part of the application process different universities favour most and how to ensure our medicine and vet med applications are as strong as possible.”