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St Hugh’s Connect is an online engagement project which consists of one-hour sessions led by student ambassadors. These take place once every two weeks (usually on a Friday at 5pm) during key stages of the UCAS and Oxbridge application processes. During these sessions, Sixth Formers have the opportunity to talk directly to St Hugh’s current undergraduates about various aspects of the application process; to receive some top tips on preparing a competitive application; and also to hear about the undergraduate experience from a range of authentic student voices.

Connect brings current students and Sixth Formers together into a virtual space where they are able to discuss all things to do with university. Sessions are held on Teams, which is the software Oxford uses for all its admissions interviews, and are not recorded. The idea is that everyone who comes along takes part in the discussions; our ambassadors are trained volunteers who run the Connect sessions quite simply in order to support Sixth Formers in state schools in an informal and very friendly environment.

Like all of our outreach activities, Connect is completely free of charge and students can attend as many sessions as they like. The sessions are intended as an additional level of regular digital engagement to complement our in-person talks and workshops delivered by St Hugh’s outreach staff.

 

Below is an outline of the annual Connect schedule and the content sessions usually cover:

Spring/Summer Season

For Year 12 students thinking of applying to highly selective universities and/or considering Oxford or Cambridge

May:

Choosing a course and university, student life, the financial aspect of going to university, extracurriculars and social life at university

Understanding UCAS and unpacking various stages of the Oxbridge application process

June:

What makes a competitive application and helps you stand out

How to find super-curriculars and make the most of them

July:

Personal statements 1

Autumn/Winter Season

Mostly for Year 13 students who are applying/have applied to Oxford or Cambridge

September:

Personal statements 2

Admissions tests 1

October

Admissions tests 2 (practice questions)

Interviews 1

November:

Interviews 2 (practice questions)

 

If you are a Sixth Form pupil attending a state school in the UK, please check back here in late April/early May 2024 to sign up for sessions. If you have any queries in the meantime, do get in touch with us at outreach@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk and follow us on Instagram: @sthughscollege