*Booking for Autumn Taster Days is now open*
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have held 100+ Magdalen Outreach Events, involving 3000+ participants.
Magdalen is fundamentally committed to ensuring that the best students are admitted to study here, regardless of their ethnic, social, religious, or educational background.
One of Magdalen’s most important investments is in encouraging students from a range of different backgrounds to apply to Oxford and in giving them the information they need in order to make a competitive application.
With one of the most generous student support systems, we are also committed to ensuring that students receive the financial support they need in order to study here.
Olivia Webster, the College’s Senior Outreach and Access Officer (01865 276078), and Amy Forbes, the College’s Outreach and Access Officer (01865 286697), work with schools and colleges to support and encourage applications to study at Oxford.
The University has established a programme of regionalisation, under which each Local Education Authority is linked to a particular college. The link regions for Magdalen are:
If you are a teacher from a school or college in one of these areas, then please join our Newsletter for Teachers. If you are from a different region then please click here to find your link college. We are also part of Oxford for East Midlands supporting outreach across the East Midlands along with Lincoln College and St Edmund Hall.
Visit to Oxford – Taster Days – Booking Open for Autumn
The official booking window for in-person Taster Days for Tue 12th October- Fri 3rd December has now closed. However, we have reopened booking to fill our remaining slots so please do still fill in our form. Please fill in this booking form.
Our Taster Days are for state-run schools from our link regions (see above). For Year 7-10, these offer the opportunity to learn about university study. For Year 11-12, they provide an introduction to the University of Oxford and how to make a competitive application.
These full day events involve a number of sessions including:
- An ‘Introduction to University/Oxford’ session
- Q&A with current students
- A tour of at least one Oxford College with current students
- Free lunch in Hall
- An academic taster session with a Magdalen academic
- Admissions and interview workshops (optional)
Taster days run from Tues-Fri every week from Tue 12th October- Fri 3rd December for a maximum of 35 students.
We also run a travel expenses scheme for schools that are from our link regions, bringing 10 students or more to Magdalen from over 75 miles away and would be unable to visit Magdalen without financial support. You can apply for this on the booking form.
These bookings will remain provisional and we will be guided by the government covid-19 guidelines at the time the event is due to take place- if social distancing is required then events will likely not be possible. In the case of this occurring, we would move back to a full programme of virtual provision. If you have any questions then email Olivia and Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Helping with the school visit was a really fun experience – chatting to the students and answering their questions was really enjoyable. It felt good to give some advice that will hopefully make a positive difference to the way they view the college and Oxford as a whole.” (Psychology Student and Student Ambassador)
Hosting a Visit at Your School or College
Olivia and Amy travel to visit schools and colleges in our link regions (see above). They are happy to talk to students, staff, and parents about the University, and can also deliver admissions and interview workshops.
You can book an event by filling in this booking form.
We are usually only able to visits schools outside of the Oxford term time and due to the high demand on our time, we are unable to attend the Careers Fairs of individual schools. If your event is due to take place during the oxford term then email us directly to discuss this: email@example.com.
Regular Online Events
Half Term Virtual Taster Days
These virtual taster days take place every half term for Y10-13, parents/family members and teachers from state schools in our link regions listed above and for schools in the East Midlands. Find out more about our Half Term Virtual Taster Days.
Talks with Tutors
Every term, our tutors volunteer their time to give online taster lectures for a range of subjects and age groups. These vary each term depending on tutor availability and booking for Autumn will open in October. Find out more about our Talks with Tutors.
Our live content can be supplemented by our pre-recorded material which can be found on our the Magdalen Youtube channel.
If your organisation is interested in working with Magdalen on its Outreach projects then please get in touch.
We would also love to hear from Magdalen alumni who now work in education.
For more information about Oxford’s June/July and September Open Days click here. This includes information about our travel reimbursement scheme.
Please explore Oxford’s digital prospectus.
Please click to view Magdalen’s Alternative Prospectus.