University of Oxford – UNIQ access programme
University of Oxford are encouraging academically-talented students from Year 13 to apply for a place on their 2020 UNIQ programme.
The free residential UNIQ programme offers up to 1350 students the opportunity to come to Oxford, sample their chosen course, meet tutors, stay in a college and learn how to make a strong application to Oxford. A further 1,000 students who apply will be invited to engage with UNIQ Digital, our online platform which provides students with mentoring activities and advice in preparation for making their university applications.
UNIQ is carefully designed to break down the barriers that students from backgrounds under-represented at Oxford tell us can discourage them from applying – such as a lack of confidence or encouragement, absence of role models, outdated perceptions of Oxford and its students, or myths around our interview process. We have strong evidence that UNIQ works. Typically, around one in three UNIQ students go on to make successful applications to Oxford and, in total, some 1,380 have come from UNIQ to study at our University. Many more go on to make successful applications to other brilliant universities.
Importantly, all UNIQ courses are free-of-charge, with the University covering the costs of accommodation, food, travel and all academic and social activities.
We particularly welcome applications from students who:
- Have the potential to do well academically, attained good GCSE grades but may lack the confidence to apply.
- Live in areas where young people are less likely to progress to higher education.
- Live in areas where there is a higher proportion of low socio-economic status households.
- Live in regions where young people are less likely to apply to Oxford.
UNIQ applications close at 11pm on Monday 27th January 2020.