On 21st November a selection of pupils from year 10, 11 and 12 attended a presentation by Marrium Kham, Outreach Officer from Oxford University. The purpose of the talk was to inform pupils about the incredible opportunity available to them to study at Lady Margaret Hall as part of the Foundation Year programme.
The Foundation Year is designed to provide a fully funded one year course for successful applicants, prior to starting an undergraduate course. Marrium explained the benefits of studying at Oxford and helped dispel some of the myths about who actually goes to Oxford University.
Mr G Williams
Student quotes from the visit
Victoria T, year 12 student
When I first thought of Oxford University, I had the immediate feeling that it was completely out of the question, I thought I wasn’t smart enough to even think about Oxford. I thought I wasn’t ‘Oxford material.’
Visiting Lady Margaret Hall College completely changed my opinion. After we arrived at LMH we were given a tour of the college and grounds which are absolutely incredible. I realised Oxford really wasn’t as daunting as its reputation precedes it to be. When Charlotte and I met Merriam, all of our questions – no matter how small, were answered kindly and with as much information as we would need.
We were told about courses, what it’s like to be an Oxford student, what Oxford has to offer, etc. When we were there, we were taken around one of the many libraries that the University of Oxford has to offer and even looked at a few original books such as ‘Dante’s Inferno’ a particularly impressive part of the day. Especially after sitting in on a tutorial about Shakespeare, Oxford is definitely a place I’d like to look into, it’s really opened my mind.
Charlotte B, year 12 student
It had never crossed my mind that the University of Oxford would ever be a realistic goal for me to achieve because the media caused me to believe I would never fit into the ‘Oxford type’. Given the opportunity to visit Lady Margret Hall has really opened my eyes into looking more confidently into Oxford as a possible option for when I leave 6th form.
The day completely surprised me; it was not what I had really expected. The grounds were beautiful and the people seemed unbelievably friendly, ordinary and no different from other student at other universities – this was a pleasant surprise because Victoria and I were able to ask anything which we had on out mind; without feeling daunted.
A highlight to the university was definitely the amount of extra-curricular activities and opportunities that students can get involved in such as drama and sport. Being able to watch an English Literature tutorial really gave me an insight into the depths of study and the determined work ethic the students have which really amazed me.
The library, which was extraordinary, seemed like the perfect place to do a degree because not all universities have as excellent resources. The visit has broadened my view on Oxford and seems in much closer reach than I initially thought.