One of the many priorities of the English Faculty's outreach work is to aim to address the recent decline in the number of students choosing to study English at A Level. This subsequently has an impact on the numbers of students applying to pursue the subject at university.
Over the past two years, our Outreach Officer has delivered a series of regional state school visits in some of the areas where the English Faculty receive lower numbers of applications.
This regional programme allowed English DPhil (PhD) students to share their research with groups of school students. Their workshops aimed to engage Year 10 students in their work in an accessible, inspiring way, with the aim of raising aspirations and broadening students’ understanding of the breadth and scope of an English degree. The Outreach Officer took a current DPhil student to each region, and together they provided academic workshops for Year 10 students, and information, advice and guidance sessions for Year 11s, 12s and 13s interested in studying English at Oxford.
Each year, work was carried out in state schools across Lincolnshire, the North East of England, and Oxfordshire and bordering counties.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these school visits may take place online over the coming terms. If you work in a state school within any of these regions and would like our outreach team to work with your students, please get in touch with our Outreach Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.