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Oxbridge Webinar Series: Year 12


St Catharine's College is collaborating with Brasenose College (University of Oxford) to deliver a series of free webinars in 2021 for Year 12 (or equivalent e.g. S5) students at state schools in the UK.

Kathryn Singleton and Joe Organ (Schools Liaison Officers at the two Colleges) will be delivering sessions with Oxbridge academics and students to:

  • Introduce life and learning at Oxbridge
  • Dispel common myths about the two universities and address prospective students' concerns
  • Give in-depth guidance on the Oxbridge application process
  • Provide strategies for looking after mental wellbeing
  • Give insights into studying subject(s) of interest at university
  • Provide information on and opportunities for subject exploration outside of the curriculum, including taster lectures and Q&As


To receive an email notification when booking opens to the public for each of these events, please fill in this form.

The registration links for webinars for which booking has opened can be found in the programme below. Students from our outreach 'Link Areas' will have priority, 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)

Webinar Programme

Introducing Oxbridge | Jan 30th 2021 | Recording available here

We'd recommend watching this recording before joining later events as the webinar: introduces Oxbridge and the College system; breaks down myths about Oxbridge; gives an overview of the application process; and introduces the kinds of things you can start to do in Year 12 to prepare for a strong university application in Year 13.

Subject Exploration | March 26th 2021 | Recording will be added to this webpage in April

We hear of super-curricular research all the time – and that it can help students gain a fascination for a subject and bolster university applications. But what exactly is a super-curricular activity and how is it done? Find out more in this session which covers where to find inspiration at home, at school, and, once pandemic restrictions are loosened, at museums, art galleries and elsewhere. We will also cover thinking critically and building up intellectual ideas and arguments.

Taster Lecture Series | April 2021 | Registration open

Building on from the subject exploration session, we will run a series of lectures (with Q+As) delivered by Oxbridge academics – aimed at sparking and maturing academic interests and intellectual curiosity.

  • Life Sciences: Careers in Healthcare and Engineering: Exploring Medical Device Development, Wed 14th April, 6-7pm. This webinar has taken place and a recording is unavailable.
  • Humanities: Philosophy: What Physics Cannot Do, Fri 16th April, 6-7pm. This webinar has taken place and a recording will be uploaded to this webpage in May.
  • Arts: How Not to Draw Conclusions: Relationships Between Art and Empire, Mon 19th April, 5.30-6.30pm. This webinar has taken place and a recording will be uploaded to this webpage in May.
  • Physical Sciences: Nanoscience, Wed 28th April, 6-7pm, View full information and register here

Managing Mental Wellbeing while preparing for University Applications | April 21st 2021, 6-7pm | Register here

Mary Simuyandi, the College’s experienced Welfare Officer, will lead a session on mental health coping strategies, balancing academic workloads, and making post-18 decisions during turbulent times. We will be joined by current Oxbridge students who will be speaking about their experiences of studying A-Levels and applying to university during the pandemic.

Personal Statements Sessions | May 2021 | Registration will open to the

How do you build up a personal statement? What does a typical Oxbridge personal statement look like?

We will run a session looking in depth at a real recent examples of personal statements - critically evaluating them and then asking attendees to discuss ideas for their own draft paragraphs. Current Oxbridge students will reflect on and provide insights from their own personal statement writing experience.

Admissions Q&A Sessions | June 2021 | Registration to open closer to the time

Two admissions sessions (one for Arts/Humanities and one for Sciences) will give prospective students the opportunity to ask questions directly to Admissions Tutors on any aspects of the Oxbridge admissions process. Advice will be given on how prospective applicants can prepare over the summer, before the mid-October Oxbridge application deadline. 

Open Days | June - September 2021 | Registration to open closer to the time

Throughout this period, we encourage Year 12-13s to take part in the huge variety of events offered by Oxford and Cambridge, whether in person or online. These large-scale events are an excellent way for applicants to engage with current students, tutors and staff from across the colleges and departments at both universities. 

Interview Workshops | October - November 2021

We will run a series of interview workshops for Year 13s applying to Oxford or Cambridge – providing authentic insights into the interviewing process. Using current students to help us, we will run subject specific interview topic discussions to help reassure applicants. We anticipate that these webinars will be filled by students from the St Catharine's and Brasenose outreach link area schools (see the 'Registration' section above). However, if spaces become available, we will open registration for non-link-area students and allocate places based on Widening Participation criteria.

Webinar logistics

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 the majority 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:

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