Target Oxbridge Residential 2018

Trinity is very proud to be partner in the Target Oxbridge programme in 2018.

Created and run on a pro bono basis by diversity recruitment specialist, Rare, Target Oxbridge aims to increase the number of black African and Caribbean students at Oxford and Cambridge by providing talented pupils with application support and advice. Target Oxbridge offers a development programme, which runs over the course of a year, involving residential visits, academic sessions, and mentoring by current and former Oxbridge students. A critical part of the programme is its Easter and summer residential courses, which give the students a taster of life at Oxford, with university tutors teaching sessions, and the students experiencing the city.

Students on the Target Oxbridge Easter residential enjoy exploring Oxford. Photo: John Cairns

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.

“Oxford’s partnership with Target Oxbridge has proven to be highly effective in demystifying life at Oxford and encouraging talented British applicants from African and Caribbean heritage to apply. It’s fantastic to witness this level of interest. I am keen to see what more we can do to reach talented students from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, and to get even more students from these communities applying to Oxford.”

Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford

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.

Photo: John Cairns

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 this expansion of the programme.

External links:  Target OxbridgeUniversity of Oxford News article

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