Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us on our Widening Participation Weekend, on the 29th and 30th September.
This is our largest ever access event, and we're expecting 300 students!
On this page you'll find:
- An introduction to the day
- An overview of our support on this day
- What we're looking for
- Travel information
- Logistical Information
On this day, our volunteers are delivering mock Oxbridge admissions interviews to students from The Access Project, Target Oxbridge, IntoUniversity and Villiers Park. For the first time, our volunteers will also offer these students feedback on admissions tests they have completed.
This weekend is a key part of our Widening Participation Programme, where this year we're aiming to deliver 1000 hours of free support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds applying to top universities. Students' feedback from these days is always overwhelmingly positive, and volunteers often really enjoy them too - not least because of the tangible impact they have.
This an mainly an access volunteering opportunity - a chance for you to play a front line role in improving access to Oxford and Cambridge University. However, there will be some paying clients attending too, giving you a chance to also raise money for a charity of your choice - you can read more about OxFizz's model here.
2. Overview of our support on this day
Our mock interviews help students refine their interview technique ahead of their university application.
They can focus on:
- The subject the student is applying for (e.g. English, Physics). In which case you will would through an exercise, article, or problem sheet with the student in your interview, or;
- The students' own work - like their personal statement or a submitted essay, which you will have a chance to read beforehand
For the first time, on these days our volunteers will also be providing admissions test feedback for our students. We're seeing an increased reliance on these tests across all colleges and faculties at Oxbridge, and many strong applicants are falling at this hurdle - we hope feedback on an exam script will help students understand the skills admissions tutors are looking for.
With our guidance, volunteers deliver support across a range of subjects similar to the ones they studied. First day volunteering? Be in touch to find out about training.
3. What we're looking for
We're looking for graduate volunteers to deliver interviews in the following subjects:
- Computer Science
- History of Art
- Human, Social and Political Sciences
- Modern Languages
If you cannot see your subject, but would like to get involved, this is possible. Please do let us know and we may be able to help.
The venue for our access weekend is TBC, but will be based in a school near Paddington in London.
Please note that we will cover reasonable travel expenses (let us know if they will exceed £40). Please keep any receipts or evidence of travel to submit on the day.
Both days will run from 10.00am - 17.00pm. Please arrive by 09.30am for breakfast and a morning briefing.
We're happy to provide our volunteers lunch and, to further thank you for your time, the first round is on us at the nearest pub after the day is finished.
The dress code is smart casual please.
Our Volunteering Coordinator Lee Robertson will be running this event.
If you have any questions before the day, please email. If you need help on the day, please call / message on 07470 731 887.