Central Outreach Schemes

Oxford UNIQ Spring and Summer Schools:

UNIQ is an access programme for Year 12 students from state schools. Students come to Oxford for five days and stay in a college, they attend an academic programme during the day and take part in social activities in the evenings. Participants get first-hand experience of life at university, meet like-minded people and gain deeper understanding of a subject that interests them. The aim is for students to leave with the confidence to aim high and the ability to produce a successful application to Oxford University. Trinity is an enthusiastic supporter of this programme; this year the college will host students at no charge to the UNIQ programme.

This programme has proved itself very impactful over the years; last year a third of participants went on to receive an offer from Oxford University. For more information and to apply, please go to www.uniq.ox.ac.uk. Applications are now open and will close at 11.00pm on 28th January 2019.

Target Oxbridge:

Target Oxbridge is an access programme that aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge. The year-long programme includes regular contact with a black or minority ethnic Oxbridge graduate, experience of Oxbridge-style teaching, residential visits to both universities and lots of application support. Since launching in 2012, Target Oxbridge has helped 81 students to secure Oxbridge offers.

The programme is open to UK-based students in Year 12 (and, in certain circumstances, Year 13). In 2017, the Target Oxbridge programme had 45 fully funded places. Unprecedented demand for places in 2018 prompted significant progress, with Oxford and Cambridge universities providing funding to support a total of 160 places.

In April 2018 Trinity hosted the three-day Easter residential course. The jam-packed programme gave students an introduction to living and studying at Oxford through interactive, subject specific academic workshops, as well as sessions about student life, skills for studying at undergraduate level, and the admissions process. There was plenty of opportunity to spend time with current student ambassadors as well as alumni and postgraduates and have their questions answered. Before the residential, Trinity College had committed to fund the cost of an additional ten places for the 2018 programme. The Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at Oxford University, Dr Samina Khan, thanked Trinity as one of the three colleges which particularly assisted in enabling the expansion of the programme.

For more information and to get involved please go to: https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/index.html.


Oxplore is a digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Through classroom sessions, Oxplore aims to show students how to think and debate in a different way than they do at school. It can raise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity, which gives students an advantage when they come to apply to university.

Oxplore sessions can be delivered by Trinity’s Access Officer in your school or during your school’s visit to Trinity College. If you are a teacher and would like to run these sessions yourself to support your students on the run up to university application, please email access.officer@trinity.ox.ac.uk and we can provide you with all of Oxplore’s resources. If you have any specific questions, you can also email Oxplore directly at oxplore@admin.ox.ac.uk.

If you are a student and want to receive information and help from Oxplore (including competitions and other useful tools for academic development) please follow this link https://oxplore.org/registration.

Teachers and other adults can also sign up to receive regular email updates here: https://oxplore.org/sign-up.

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences:

Designed as Open Days on the road, Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences bring experienced admissions staff, subject specialists and current students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to teachers and students at venues around the UK.

The events are aimed at Year 12 students (or equivalent) who are studying for their A Levels/IB (or equivalent) and are beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form. These full day events provide up to date information about Oxbridge courses, clearly outline the admissions process and provide students with the opportunity to hear first-hand how current undergraduate students find life at Oxford and Cambridge. Our aim is for students to leave having explored the breadth of subjects on offer to them, gained a deeper insight into what Oxbridge courses involve and an understanding of how both universities assess applications.

For 2019, they will once again be hosting a Teachers Programme throughout the morning sessions and encourage teachers and HE advisors to consider attending the conferences alongside students.

Bookings will open in January 2019. Please visit this link for more information: https://www.oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk/student-conference/introduction.

Trinity College’s Access Team also offer visits into schools and school visits into Trinity throughout the year.

If you would like to know more about student life at Trinity College and how current students decided on their course and college please take a look at our student profiles.

More information about our online resources for applicants can be found here.