If you are interested in studying English at Oxford University, there are lots of engaging, accessible resources for you to explore to help you read widely and engage critically with your subject. Make sure that you stretch yourself beyond your school or college curriculum before you make your application to Oxford, and remember that there is no one 'right' way to do this. You may use the resources below but there are so many other fascinating lectures, podcasts, plays, articles and blogs out there that you might prefer to delve into. We would encourage you to follow literary avenues that interest you, but to also read a breadth of different texts.
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Browse a huge range of illuminating resources on a wide variety of writers, including podcasts, academic lectures and talks, e-books and contextual material. Explore the resources by author or by theme and period.
Explore resources on over 50 Black and Asian British writers. This project also asks how our reading of British literature shapes our sense of identity in Britain today and offers resources on Approaches to Reading, Reading and Reception, Identifying with Literature, and Performance and Reading.
In this short video, Dr Ed Dodson (Magdalen College, Oxford) discusses the ways in which the term postcolonial is applied to different kinds of writers and what this means for those writers, as well for as readers and critics.
Oxplore is an innovative 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.
UNIQ, through its range of summer schools, residential conference and digital learning platform, will help 1,900 students each year to make informed decisions about higher education and make competitive applications to Oxford.
Oxford’s libraries are among the most celebrated in the world, not only for their incomparable collections of books and manuscripts, but also for their buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages.