Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at our Cardinal Newman MMI Days, on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November!
On this page you'll find:
What is this event?
Who are OxFizz?
What would I be doing as a volunteer?
Am I what OxFizz is looking for?
Where and when are these events happening?
1. What is this event?
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) are a type of interview used by an increasing number of Medical Schools.
This is a unique interview format, where instead of sitting across a panel of interviewers, students rotate around desks in a room. At each desk they have a short exchange with a new interviewer, based around a scenario or activity.
At this event, we’re looking for volunteers to run MMI interviews with students. You don’t need to have studied Medicine to participate (we can match you with a station that suits your skills). In return, volunteers will fundraise for a charity of their choice.
We do not believe in coaching, nor in helping students rote learn answers to use in their interviews. There is no such a thing as a perfect interview or candidate, and students do best when their answers are genuine and individual.
Instead, this event aims to help students with a realistic experience of admissions interviews, so they feel confident going into the real thing. Just as we would encourage them to practice test questions before an exam, we encourage them to practice answering difficult subject questions before their interview.
2. Who are OxFizz?
OxFizz is a social enterprise which exists to bridge gaps in the education system, ensuring that all students have fair access to top universities.
We know even when disadvantaged students achieve the same grades as their peers, they are still less likely to win places at top universities. We exist to level the playing field – ensuring students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds can freely access a programme of support to build the knowledge, confidence and skills to make successful applications to top universities.
We do this on a cross-subsidy model, working across the education sector. Where families and schools are fortunate enough to be able to pay for these services we charge a fee. This work in the private education sector allows us to generate profits, and crucially expertise, to make the same services available free of charge to students from much less advantaged backgrounds.
3. What would I be doing as a volunteer?
At this event, you’ll run quick-fire 10 minute interviews with a series of students applying to Medical Schools.
You’ll be assigned a scenario / activity to be run with students. We’ll give you a scenario which fits with your area of skills.
Examples of scenarios / activities include:
Breaking bad news to a patient (acted by the interviewer)
Drawing or interpreting a graph
Solving an ethical problem e.g. Should doctors be allowed to strike like other professions? Should heavy smokers be charged by the NHS?
4. Am I what OxFizz is looking for?
We’re looking for volunteers who are passionate about supporting the next generation of students build the confidence, skills and knowledge needed for their university applications.
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 especially those with knowledge of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry.
5. Where and when are these events happening
Cardinal Newman College is based in Preston.
They’ll be a group going via the a train from London Euston on the Monday morning, and we’ll arrange taxi transfers from Preston to the school. There is also the option of overnight stay on Monday 4th, if you’re able to do both days.
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.