10,000+: the number of prospective students we engaged in 2019
100+: the number of outreach events delivered in 2019
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, and Amy Forbes, the College’s Outreach and Access Officer, 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:
Oxford Taster Days
We are pleased to host Taster Days 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 of the Oxford terms for a maximum of 25 students. Applications open approximately two months prior to each term. In the case of over subscription schools are prioritised based on the following criteria:
- State run school
- From one of the above link areas
- Amount of previous engagement with Oxford (last 12 months)
- Percentage of children receiving free school meals at the school
- Polar 4 data
- Percentage of BAME students compared to region
All taster days are currently postponed due to covid 19. Updates will be released as the situation changes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this.
“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 also travels to visit schools and colleges in our link regions. They are happy to talk to students, staff, and parents about the University, and can also deliver admissions and interview workshops.
Click here to book. Currently postponed due to Covid 19.
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 July and September Open Days click here. This includes information about our travel reimbursement scheme.
To order a copy of Oxford’s undergraduate prospectus click here
Please click to view Magdalen’s Alternative Prospectus 2019