A teacher leans over to discuss work with a student on an outreach visit.

North East

Events for Students

Outreach Activities for

Schools and Colleges

We offer a wide range of outreach activities for schools and colleges, teachers and students in the North East, with a particular focus on the six local authorities in the South of the region: Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.

We would love to hear from you if you would like us to work with your school: please contact Richard Petty on with any questions or to arrange an introductory discussion on how we can support schools, teachers and students. Richard is based in the region and is dedicated to outreach there.

We work very closely with our partners in the Oxford for North East Consortium – Christ Church, Lincoln, and St Anne’s Colleges – with joint delivery across the wider North East region, and collaboration on projects in parts of the region. Our partners at St Anne’s College have a particular focus on the six local authorities in the north of the region – Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland – and can be contacted at

We publicise all of our current programmes and delivery in a regular newsletter specifically for our North East partner schools and colleges: please contact Richard Petty on to take advantage of this and we will look forward to being in touch!

Our aim is to form long-term partnerships with schools and colleges. We can and will support schools flexibly, and at particular times, for instance during each universities admissions cycle.

Extremely useful, very comprehensive … the activities were really well designed and the chat facility was great.

Colleague at a Sixth Form College in the region, May 2020, in the early days of the escalation of our online delivery.



Our work with schools and colleges is currently taking place virtually due to COVID-19 and its particular impact on the region. For more information, please see our Online and Virtual Outreach pages. 

We offer a range of residential experiences for school students, to visit Trinity College and the University of Oxford, to experience what life is like at university. These are hosted by the Access Team and by student ambassadors, accompanied by teachers from the visiting schools and colleges. Students travelling a significant distance can be accommodated overnight, by arrangement, with a programme tailored for their needs and their age.

The North East residential, for teachers and students from state schools in north-east England, takes place during the University Open Days in early July. The North East Alternative Residential replaced this for July 2020 with a programme for students from North East England to feel welcomed to the university’s Virtual Open Day, and Oxford students from the region made this a very warm welcome indeed.

Whilst we are unable to welcome visitors to college during the special arrangements in place to ensure that our staff, students and visitors remain safe during the pandemic, we love hosting visitors in college and cannot wait to welcome people back when this is appropriate. If you would like to enquire about visiting college, please contact the team on and we will give you the latest update on when we will be able to welcome you. Watch this space! In the meantime, check out our virtual open day and tours page below to get a feel for the college and our community! 

Working across the region

Working with the Oxford for North East consortium, we have also delivered sessions directly to large communities of students across different schools, colleges, and areas within the region, for example:

  • An event for Year 13 Oxford offer-holders in state schools in the region in April 2020;
  • The North East Alternative Residential for Year 12 students in June 2020, which harnessed the formidable powers of ambassadors studying at the University of Oxford who come from the region;
  • A four-session North East Personal Statement series workshops in July 2020;
  • A series of admissions tests workshops in October 2020;
  • Interview workshops across the region in November 2020, and a series of Oxford for North East interview workshops in partnership with our colleagues at the University of Cambridge also in November 2020.