For the first time, future undergraduate students accepted to Trinity College came to visit for a day to find out more about life at the college and studying at Oxford – and the event proved a resounding success.
Trinity’s first UK offer-holders day attracted 60 accepted students and their parents to an event held in college on Sunday 10 March. Students began the day in the dining hall where they got to know their fellow offer-holders. They were then split into subject groups and had the chance to talk with current undergraduate students about what to expect from life in college and studying at Oxford. This was then followed by afternoon tea, during which Offer Holders were given a talk by the current Junior Common Room (JCR) committee, and were welcomed by the College’s President, Dame Hilary Boulding and its Head of Access, Hannah Rolley.
Sixty students from across the UK attended the event, with some coming from as far as Aberdeen and Northern Ireland. They were met by 19 student ambassadors, JCR committee members, and other college staff. Topics and themes in the question-and-answer sessions ranged from what to expect in terms of academic workload to what nightlife in the city was like.
Hannah Rolley, Trinity College’s Head of Access, said: ‘It’s really important that our access provision and outreach doesn’t end with acceptance letters. We feel responsible for ensuring students have the support needed to transition and settle into life at Oxford. We really enjoyed this informal day and we hope that students felt encouraged by meeting other Offer Holders and left feeling inspired to work hard over the coming months to get here at the start of term.’
Offer-holder feedback confirmed that the day increased students’ overall confidence and felt reassured by meeting current undergraduates, other offer-holders and got to see the college in more relaxed circumstances, post interview. One offer-holder noted: ‘The most enjoyable part of the day was meeting the other offer holders and being in the welcoming college environment.’