Schools Meeting about applying to Oxford
In March 2017 for the first time the group collaborated with Peter Symonds Sixth Form college in Winchester and Oxford's St Edmund Hall to hold a meeting for secondary schools in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight about applying to Oxford. Parents and potential applicants were invited to attend more than 100 students attended the event.
They were given the opportunity to hear about the Oxford admissions process from the college's Admissions Tutor Robert Wilkins and Schools Liaison Officer Luke Maw. Several locally-based current Oxford undergraduates and St Edmund Hall undergraduates also attended, and discussed the reality of student life at Oxford.
The group were delighted with the success of the event and plan to stage it again next year.
For the first time in September 2016 the group held a social event open to all Hampshire-based Oxford candidates who had achieved a place at Oxford for October 2016. The Tutor for Admissions and Schools Liaison Officer from St Edmund Hall attended the event together with a number of current undergraduates. About 25 freshers attended and clearly enjoyed and appreciated the event, which the group will build on and repeat in September 2017.
Recent events have included talks from Sir Ivor Roberts, President of Trinity, on ‘Conversations with Milosevic and other war criminals’; Lord (Robin) Butler of Brockwell , on 'My Life with Five Prime Ministers' (2015); Sir Tony Brenton KCMG, ex-ambassador to Russia, on “Russia: Has the bear come out of hibernation?” (2014); and Giles Henderson, CBE, Master of Pembroke College, talking about his experiences as a Head of House (2013).
The group has in recent years organised summer excursions to Wilton House near Salisbury, Petworth and Chawton House Library, each with separate guided tours for participating members and including a lunch.
Recent autumn lectures have included as speakers Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, Professor Alan Barr (Head of Particle Physics at Oxford and Fellow of Merton College), and Dame Jessica Rawson, Warden of Merton College.