St Hugh’s is very pleased to be welcoming a cohort of Year 10 students from non-selective state schools to experience a week of undergraduate life at the College.
The visit is part of a year-long programme for Year 10s run by Universify Education. It gives pupils a chance to spend time at a highly-selective university, and to understand what it takes to secure a place at Oxford.
Universify ran their first course in 2016 and is working with St Hugh’s for the first time this year, for their 2018-19 programme. Their programme starts with the week-long residential in August, held at St Hugh’s, at which students take part in university-style seminars, design their own university, and explore the city of Oxford, discovering what it feels like to be an undergraduate student.
The residential students are paired with a Universify coach, who is a current or recent university undergraduate. Students work with their coaches to set goals, work out how they can achieve them, and once the residential ends they will have regular Skype meetings to check their progress.
Students and volunteers will then return to St Hugh’s in Easter, for a three-day GCSE revision weekend to help the students prepare for their upcoming exams and to find out what programmes are available to them once they have completed the Universify course.