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St Catharine's College is collaborating with Brasenose College (University of Oxford) to deliver a series of free webinars in 2021 for Year 10 and 11 (England and Wales), S3 and S4 (Scotland), or Year 11 and 12 (Northern Ireland) students at UK state schools.
Kathryn Singleton and Joe Organ (outreach staff at the two Colleges) will be delivering sessions with Oxbridge academics and students to:
- Introduce key ideas about Higher Education and making post-16 decisions
- Offer advice on how to research university and course options
- Provide information on the finances involved in attending university, addressing school students’ concerns honestly and openly
- Outline life and learning at Cambridge and Oxford, breaking down some common myths
- Provide strategies for looking after mental wellbeing
- Offer advice for making strong post-16 subject choices
"These webinars help make me inspired for my future and encourage me to work hard and someday reach Oxbridge!" - Webinar Series Attendee
The registration links for webinars for which booking has opened can be found in the programme below. Schools from our outreach 'Link Areas' will receive the registration links before booking opens to the public, however, we anticipate most of the webinars will have plenty of spaces for students from across the UK. The St Catharine's and Brasenose Link Areas are:
- North Yorkshire (Catz and Brasenose)
- Suffolk (Catz)
- Rutland (Catz)
- East Berkshire (Brasenose)
Introduction to University and Oxbridge | 18th March | Recording available here
Join admissions staff and students for this introduction to university, student finances, and Oxbridge. This webinar will consist of a presentation and live Q&A session. Whether or not you've thought of going to university, whether or not you've considered Oxford or Cambridge before: all are welcome.
Taster Lecture Series | April 2021
We are running a series of academic taster sessions by current Oxbridge academics. This will give students the opportunity to experience University-style teaching and engage academically with new topics. Each session will consist of a 40-minute talk/workshop and a 20-minute Q&A session with the speaker.
Students don't need to be taking any particular subjects at school or have any prior knowledge of the lecture topics to attend these webinars! New concepts and topics will be explained in full during each session:
Life Sciences | 12th April | Recording available here
Arts | 15th April | This webinar has taken place and a recording will be uploaded to this webpage over the summer.
Physical Sciences | 20th April | This webinar has taken place and a recording will be uploaded to this webpage over the summer.
Humanities | 23rd April | This webinar has taken place and unfortunately a recording is unavailable due to copyright reasons.
Subject Choice Workshop | 21st June | Recording available here
Choosing A-Level, Scottish Highers, IB or equivalent subjects is exciting but it is also important to understand how to include possible future university options in the decision process. This session will equip students with key pieces of knowledge to bear in mind when making their post-16 choices. This session is aimed at Year 10 and S3 (or equivalent) students who haven't yet made their A-Level (or equivalent) subject choices. However, older students may also find it useful for finding out which subjects at university are open to them with their subject combinations.
Mary Simuyandi, Catz Head of Wellbeing, will lead a session on balancing academic workloads, dealing with the transition to Year 12 (or equivalent), and looking after mental health both in and out of school. We will be joined by current Oxbridge students who will speak about their experiences of looking after their mental wellbeing through school and university. Although mainly aimed at those just completing Year 11 (England and Wales), S4 (Scotland), or Year 12 (Northern Ireland), students in the year below are also welcome to attend.
The majority of our sessions will take place using Zoom's webinar function. You will receive an email from Zoom once your place on a webinar has been confirmed. This email will include the link for the session. Just before the session is due to take place, you will need to click the link in the email to join the webinar.
Your camera and audio will be disabled during the session but the Q&A feature will allow you to type any questions you have. These questions can be anonymous if you prefer. We will answer the majority of questions aloud but some answers will also be typed by the panel.
If you have concerns about having access to the internet, please be reassured that all of these sessions will be recorded. Links will be uploaded to this webpage in due course.
Automatic closed captioning will be enabled.
If you have any questions about this event, please email:
- Kathryn Singleton, Outreach Manager, Catz Cambridge: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joe Organ, Schools Liaison Officer, Brasenose Oxford: email@example.com