Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us for our ‘Interview Practice’ Events on Saturday 28th and/or Sunday 29th September
On this page you'll find:
What are these events?
What would I be doing as a volunteer?
Am I what OxFizz is looking for?
Where and when are these events happening?
1. What are these events?
We know that admissions interviews are an important part of applications to Oxford and Cambridge.
We’ve seen how many able students from disadvantaged backgrounds fall at this hurdle.
Compared to their more advantaged peers, they’ve often had less practice discussing their university subject in an academic setting; are less confident and motivated when approaching their admissions interviews, and have had less access to high-quality resources or feedback to help them prepare for the interview process.
We want to level the playing field - equipping these students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve their potential in their admissions interviews.
At these events, our volunteers will be running both workshops and 1-1 practice interviews with students. These sessions will help students understand the key skills they need to demonstrate in their interviews, and help them practice answering challenging questions on their subject in an interview setting, before walking away with detailed feedback.
These events will be the fourth intervention of OxFizz’s 2019 access programme - which is helping hundreds of high-achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds with their university applications.
2. What would I be doing as a volunteer?
At these events, our volunteers will be matched with students who are applying to the subject they studied at university.
You’ll first run workshops with a small group of these students, helping them understand and practice the key skills they’ll need to demonstrate in their admissions interviews. We’ll support you with a detailed workshop outline to work from.
Then, you’ll run 1-1 practice interviews with each student, helping them answer challenging questions in their subject, before providing them with verbal and written feedback. You’ll set the interview material for these sessions, and we have plenty of sample resources to help you prepare.
3. Am I what OxFizz is looking for?
We’re looking for volunteers who are passionate about improving access to top universities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Most of our volunteers are recent graduates from top UK universities - but we’re interested in hearing from anyone who feels like they could help with our university access programme.
We welcome volunteers who studied a full range of university subjects - and we anticipate that they’ll be lots of demand from students for support in Medicine, Law and Economics for these events.
4. Where and when are these events happening?
The venue for this event is the King Solomon Academy in Paddington (full address: Penfold Street, Marylebone, London, NW1 6RX). This is a 3 minute walk from Edgware Road.
The full events are scheduled to run from 09.30 - 17.00 each day, though shorter days are possible.
Pastries for breakfast and a buffet lunch will be provided and, to further thank you for your time, the first round is on us at a nearby pub. The dress code is smart casual please.
Our Volunteering Coordinator Lee Robertson will be running this event.
If you have any questions before the event, please email. If you need help on the event day please call / message on 07464 631 970