Following the success and popularity of residentials that have taken place annually since 2012, this summer Trinity College is expanding its programme in 2018 to host up to 120 year-12 state school students from the North East, over two residentials in late June. The residentials provide students with an academic programme tailored to their interests, as well as the opportunity to speak to current Trinity students from the North East. The programme is timed to coincide with the University’s main Open Days, allowing students to explore the city, colleges and University departments. All students on these residentials will have a strong academic record, and many will have multiple markers of socioeconomic disadvantage, which mean they might otherwise be significantly less likely to attend selective universities such as Oxford.
There is a particular need for such a residential programme for students from the North East to exist and be accessible to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. As well as common challenges faced by students from lower socio-economic backgrounds in entering Oxford and Cambridge and other highly selective universities, there are additional challenges for those from the North East. Among many school students from the North East there is a great sense of a geographical and cultural disconnect and distance between themselves and Oxford.
We recognise the expense of travel from the North East. This year we aim to provide students with free coach travel to and from the North East. Students will travel down to Oxford accompanied by our current undergraduate ambassadors. We also hope this will also help students from different areas and schools in the North East to get to know each other and some of our current students before they arrive in Oxford.
The current evidence for successful outreach interventions supports intensive or sustained face-to-face contact, and using current undergraduates as role models that prospective students can identify with.
For students who have applied to the 2018 summer residentials, please click here for more details.