On 26th September, 2013, the Oxford University Society Three Shires Branch held its second Oxford University Outreach Event for sixth-form students at schools in our area. We welcomed over a hundred students, parents and teachers.
After the introductions, we had an excellent presentation from Ellen Maunder of Wadham College explaining the admissions procedure, highlighting the similarities between Oxford and Cambridge and how they differ from other universities. The same process is followed by all Oxford colleges so they apply an equal standard irrespective of which (if any) college the student nominates.
Dr Richard Earl, tutor for admissions at Worcester College, described the benefits of the tutorial system where each student (and perhaps one other) will meet weekly with their tutor, who will be an acknowledged expert in his subject (and may well have written the standard textbook). Although examinations, lectures and laboratories are organised by the university the tutorials are in college, which is also the centre of the student's social life.