Working with schools and colleges
Hertford College has a long-standing commitment to widening participation in higher education and a well-established policy of open access.
We are proud that we were one of the first all-male colleges to admit women in the 1970s. And we’re proud that we took the lead in withdrawing from the entrance examination system that disadvantaged applicants from the state sector through the revolutionary Tanner scheme. Today, we have a diverse and vibrant undergraduate community, most of whom come from UK state schools.
We are determined to build on this tradition of fairness and equal opportunity, and have recently committed to a significant increase in our access and outreach activity. Our Outreach Fellow, Dr Catherine Redford, and our Outreach Officer, Nathan Stazicker, manage the day-to-day running of our outreach programme, working closely with teachers and students from state schools.
Catherine and Nathan work closely with our Registrar & Director of Admissions, our Senior Tutor, and individual subject tutors to encourage students from all backgrounds to apply to Hertford. They’re supported by over fifty undergraduate Student Ambassadors and volunteers from our graduate community, who play a significant role in encouraging potential applicants through sharing their personal experiences.
We’re also proud to support a wide range of University-wide initiatives, including the Open Days that take place in June/July and September each year. We participate in the Oxford Pathways Programme to encourage aspiration and achievement at GCSE level, support the hugely successful UNIQ Summer Schools by regularly accommodating participating students, and offer tours to complement departmental admissions talks or Open Days.
If you want to find out more about what we offer and how we can support your school, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Essex, Southend-on-Sea, Medway and Camden
Oxford University has developed a programme of ‘link colleges’ to simplify communication between UK schools and the University. Hertford has special responsibility for Essex, Southend-on-Sea, Medway and the London Borough of Camden. We aim to build and maintain close relationships with all schools in our linked areas.
We also have links with schools all over the country through our current students, alumni, staff and fellows. We welcome approaches from any school that feels that Hertford would be a sympathetic environment for its students.
Hertford College Taster Days
We encourage any school interested in Hertford to pay us a visit. Groups that range in size from 5 to 40, and from Y9 to Y12, regularly visit the college to get a feel for the environment, to meet current undergraduates, and to find out about the Admissions process. We can provide a tailor-made programme for groups of up to 20 that include an academic session, college tour and the opportunity to eat lunch in hall.
We also offer a range of dedicated outreach sessions, targeted at our link schools in the first instance, but also suitable for state schools elsewhere. These are designed to meet the needs of particular schools and year groups, and can include an introduction to the structure of the university and the tutorial teaching system, academic taster sessions and interview workshops.
Finding out more
To plan a school visit to Hertford or to enquire about our outreach programme, please contact Catherine or Nathan at email@example.com. Individuals can also make arrangements to visit Hertford by contacting our Admissions Officer, Lisa Hartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective applicants are always welcome to go into the Lodge to ask to have a look at the college.
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