Postgraduate access event hosted at Magdalen

9th August 2019


Magdalen recently hosted a social evening for the participants of the University’s brand new postgraduate access scheme, UNIQ+.

UNIQ+ is a six-week residential summer school designed to give prospective postgraduate students a chance to experience what postgraduate study is like at Oxford. Building on the success of the UNIQ summer schools for school students, UNIQ+ is intended to encourage access to postgraduate study from under-represented groups in UK universities.

This summer’s pilot programme involved thirty three participants studying a range of science subjects. Magdalen hosted two of the participants in College throughout the six weeks of the residential.

“Social mobility doesn’t stop at the undergraduate level,” commented Nadia Pollini, Director of the University’s Graduate Admissions Office. “This really is a pioneering initiative; we are the first university in the UK to do something like this. Increasingly, graduate access is becoming a talked about issue, and there is a growing realisation that more needs to be done to address the problem.”

As part of the programme, Magdalen hosted a social event for all UNIQ+ participants, as well as the six students participating in Nuffield College’s new social sciences summer school. Participants began their afternoon by punting along the river before spending the evening eating pizza and socialising with MCR students and Magdalen’s Outreach Team in the Old Kitchen Bar.

“The social aspect of speaking to current students has been very important,” commented a prospective Sustainable Approaches to Biological Systems (SABS) student. “I’d never considered that being an academic was an option for me but now everyone here is considering applying.”

The Revd Professor Robert Gilbert, Tutorial Fellow in Biochemistry and Medicine at Magdalen, and the lead organiser of the event, added, “UNIQ+ is all about enabling students who didn’t think about doing a PhD, to consider doing one. We had over two hundred applications this year which proves there is an appetite for the programme.”

Magdalen plans to expand its involvement in UNIQ+ in future years. For more details about our wide range of outreach initiatives, get in contact with our Outreach team.