Access Visits into Schools

*** New! Read about our University Admissions teacher CPD programme, which will be launching on Monday 6 July and running through the Autumn term, for teachers in state schools and colleges in the North East: Trinity College Oxford For North East Teacher CPD Programme ***

We send information about our inbound and outbound visits to all state schools in our link regions. If your school has not been receiving our emails and you would like to take advantage of this resource please get in touch at and we will add your details to our mailing list. We would be delighted to hear from you!

We also have an outreach guide to our work in the Northeast, which you can download here.

Outbound visits to the North East:

Trinity College recently appointed a new Teacher Engagement and Access Officer, Richard Petty who is based full-time in the region. Richard is available to provide teachers with specific guidance and supported related to the University of Oxford and the application process.

We work with both pupils and teachers in their schools in the North East of England throughout the year and run focused school outreach weeks – this year they are the weeks commencing the 30th September, 11th November, 27th January, 2nd March and 6th July. 

During these visits, teachers are invited to book a range of talks to groups of pupils about any of the following:

YEAR GPS                CONTENT OF SESSION                    SUITABLE FOR
7 & 8 Exploring University, the Purpose, Myth-Busting the Cost and What it Might be Like to Study There  All pupils
9 Exploring University, the Purpose, Myth-Busting the Cost and a Brief Introduction to the University of Oxford All pupils
10 An Introduction to Oxford, the People, the Courses & the Super Curriculum All pupils and those beginning to show potential to apply to a top university
11 Exploring A Level Options, University Courses and the Russell Group All pupils
12  Oxford & The Application Process Those expressing an interest and/or having potential to apply to Oxford and/or Cambridge
12 Personal Statement Workshop All pupils
13 Interviews and Admissions Test Guidance workshop Those who have submitted an application to Oxbridge

Teacher Support Sessions In Your School

Together with the Head of Access, Richard Petty also offers Teacher Support Sessions at any of the above times in schools and throughout the year. In these sessions, we aim to provide up to date information and guidance relating to the Oxford application process and the purpose of each stage, for example the admissions tests and interviews. We offer guidance to teachers and other professionals about how they can best support their pupils in all higher education applications, as well as those who may have the potential to apply to Oxford. We particularly welcome invitations from schools and teachers who have little experience of the University of Oxford or low pupil progression to the Russell Group or higher education in general. These sessions can be planned around the demands of the school day and as such could take place after the teaching day, during staff meetings or training days. An example of what a teacher session might look like:

  • The Oxford application process.
  • The UCAS teacher reference – the essentials.
  • How to offer students guidance and feedback on the personal statement.
  • Relevant super-curricular activity, the EPQ & work experience.
  • The admissions tests and interview.
  • General Q&A for all teachers

Please contact Richard directly to arrange for a teacher visit to your school.

If you would like to arrange one or a series of the above pupil sessions in your school, please email us on or call us on 01865 279864 (Emma). You are also most welcome to email us if you would like to arrange a visit outside of the published times.

Inbound Visits to Trinity College:

During term, we run regular visit days to enable school groups to come and visit Trinity. During term, we run visit days on a Tuesday or Wednesday each week to enable primary and secondary school students to come and experience university life and Trinity College. We welcome enquiries from teachers and individual students for a visit of any year group and time of year though generally, we prioritise Years 11 and 12 in Autumn TermYears 12 and 10 in Spring Term and Years 9 and below in Summer Term. While we appreciate that it may be difficult for North East schools or individual students to travel down for one of these, we would absolutely welcome you if you are able to organise such a trip. Please get in touch if this interests you, we will try to accommodate your school group/ you in college overnight free of charge to make this visit easier. There are two types of Visit Days:

Oxford Experience Days in College:

These days aim to give students a flavour of life at the College and the University. A sample timetable of the day:

Time Activity
10:30 Welcome by the Access Officer
10:45 General University / University of Oxford Talk
11:45 Meet current undergraduates with Q&A
12:00 Lunch with undergraduate students
12:30 College tour
13:30 Taught session at a museum or department ex. ‘Object Handling’ at the Ashmolean or a ‘Collections Up Close’  at the Bodleian
14:45 End of the day

Subject Experience Days in College

These days give students a specific subject-focused experience, as well as a flavour of life at the College and University. A sample timetable of the day:

Time Activity
10:00 Welcome by the Access Officer
10:15 Oxford Talk by the Access Officer
11:15 Meet the current undergraduates with Q&A
12:00 Lunch in the dining hall & College tour
13:00 Academic taster session
14:15 Department visit/ Oxplore session
15:15 End of the day


This terms inbound visits are scheduled for the following dates this term and are open to Years 11 and 12.

16th October ; 22nd October ; 30th October ; 5th November ; 20th November ; 26th November

At the moment, these dates are not subject-specific. We will update this page well in advance if this changes. Please email us if you would like to book your students or yourself onto any of these dates. Individual students can attend and we do not require a teacher to attend with Years 11 and 12. Depending on availability, we tend to allow four schools to book around six selected students onto each day. If you would to bring a larger group please get in touch and we will try to accommodate this. If you would like to arrange a visit that is outside the dates and/or activities we have on offer, you are very welcome to. Please email us on or call us on 01865 279864 (Emma) or 01865 279860 (Hannah) to organise this.

The North East Residential for YR12s and Teachers

Booking for 2020 residential will be open early in  2020. If you would like to register your interest in this opportunity please get in touch at

This residential opportunity is supported by Trinity College, St Anne’s College, Lincoln College, Christ Church, Oxford. This fully funded trip gives students from the North East an opportunity to visit the University of  Oxford as easily as possible. It is a three-day programme that combines with the University’s Open Days. In addition to exploring Oxford on the Open Days, students will stay in student accommodation, attend advice sessions and have opportunities to speak with current Oxford undergraduate students from the North East and members of college staff.

In parallel to the student event, we also run a residential opportunity for Teachers from the North East. Teachers are invited to attend this residential programme independently of students.  During the programme they will receive specialist guidance about the application process; personal statement support; reference writing; stretch and challenging your high achieving students; using the EPQ effectively. To apply you should:

  • be in Year 12 at a state school/college in North East of England
  • be a teacher in a state school/college in the North East of England
  • be predicted at least three A grades at A Level (or equivalent)
  • have at least 5 GCSE at grade  either 6, 7, 8 or 9 (or equivalent)

In 2020, the residential will run from 30th June – 2nd July. It is completely free of charge for students and teachers, includes free coach travel to Oxford, all food and two nights of accommodation at either Trinity College or St Anne’s College.

University of Oxford Provision for North East Schools:

YR10 Pathways to Oxford Northeast Residential

Trinity College is joining forces with the Oxford Pathways programme to offer Year 10 North East students a two night enrichment residential from 18th-20th March at Trinity College. Applications are now open for this exciting opportunity which aims to give academically able Year 10 students a chance to come and experience University life. Students will stay in student accommodation, attend university guidance and advice sessions, have an academic taster or Oxplore session plus a taught session at a museum or department e.g. ‘Object Handling’ at the Pitt Rivers museum or a ‘Collections Up Close’ session at the Bodleian Library. All accommodation and food is provided completely free of charge. There are some funds available to help schools with the  travel costs, usually mini bus costs. Please contact to discuss what support may be available.

Applications are made by schools, rather than individuals, with schools from the Northeast welcome to bring up to 8 students and 2 members of staff. To apply for places for your students, please complete this simple online application form and register you interest in the residential element by ticking the relevant box. The deadline for applications from schools is this Friday 13th December 2019. We will aim to notify schools of the outcome of their application on or before Friday 20th December 2019.

UNIQ Residential – Spring or Summer applications now OPEN!

YR12 students come to Oxford for four nights and five days, stay in a college, attend an academic programme during the day and take part in social activities in the evenings. Students will get first-hand experience of life at university, meet like-minded people and gain deeper understanding of a subject that interests them.

During UNIQ students will be taught by Oxford academics, attend lectures and labs, and use departmental facilities – just like a real undergraduate! In addition to lectures students might be asked to prepare some independent work for a tutorial at the end of the week where they will go through the topic in detail, either individually with a tutor or in a small group.

The UNIQ academic programmes are demanding, but they are also fun and students get to look at their favourite subject in new and engaging ways. The UNIQ courses give students an insight into what studying at degree level, and at Oxford, is really like.

We run courses on over 30 subjects, so there’s plenty to choose from and almost certainly something to suit a variety of interests. Applications are made by individuals, rather than schools, so please encourage your YR12 students to have a look at the courses page  and to click here for more information about UNIQ or here to make an application!

We have put together a complete summary of the main events available to North East Schools through Trinity College and the rest of the University. You can download it here.