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Cardinal Newman Interview Skills Workshops (Preston)

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at our Cardinal Newman Interview Workshop, on Friday 20th September!

On this page you'll find:

  1. What is this event?

  2. Who are OxFizz?

  3. What would I be doing as a volunteer?

  4. Am I what OxFizz is looking for?

  5. Where and when are these events happening?

1. What is this event?

We know admissions interviews are an important part of applications to Oxford and Cambridge.

At this event, volunteers will be running workshops with our students. In return, volunteers will fundraise for a charity of their choice.

These workshops will help students with their interview skills - understanding what skills admissions interviewers are looking for, and practicing with difficult interview questions.

We believe there is no textbook interview, and so our workshops help students with the skills and practice for this part of the application, rather than coaching them. There is no such a thing as a perfect interview or candidate, and students do best when their answers are genuine and individual.

Students will then get a chance to put what they’ve learned to the test with 1-1 practice admissions interviews the following day. There is the option of overnight stay on Friday 20th for volunteers who would like to volunteer at both events.

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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?

We’re looking for recent graduates from top universities who are passionate about supporting the next generation of students. We welcome volunteer sign ups from a range of subject backgrounds.

Our workshop leaders will:

  • Receive our full workshop outlines and volunteer guidance in advance

  • Deliver workshops focused on interview skills

  • Work with students in your subject area, and help them to leave the workshops with clear plans and goals for their university preparation going forward

Workshops will generally be in small group sizes of 8 -12, though with popular subjects like Medicine or Engineering the group sizes may be larger.

OxFizz staff will be there on the day to observe different workshops and support you to deliver the sessions.

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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 we anticipate that they’ll be lots of demand from students for support in Economics, Medicine, and Physics.

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5. Where and when are these events happening

Cardinal Newman College is based in Preston.

There’ll be a group going via the 11am train from London Euston, and we’ll arrange taxi transfers from Preston to the school. There is also the option of overnight stay on Friday 20th.

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.

Earlier Event: September 18
Volunteer Training Webinar
Later Event: September 21
Cardinal Newman Interview Day (Preston)