B&NES Oxbridge Conference for Year 12 Students

6 March 2020

On Monday 2 March, as part of our programme for supporting students who are interested in applying to Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities, we took 20 year 12 students to the annual B&NES Oxbridge Conference. This is aimed at Bath state schools and was held at Hayesfield School. Students attended a presentation from Schools Liaison Officers from both Oxford and Cambridge on what it is like to study at these universities as well as more detailed information on the applications process. Students then had a choice of lectures to attend; Dr Marcus Tomalin, Director of Admissions at Trinity Hall College Cambridge, gave a fascinating lecture on linguistics and artificial intelligence while Dr Felix Tennie, from the Physics Department at Oxford gave an absorbing talk on quantum computers.

This was followed by an opportunity for our students to meet year 13 students from a range of schools who are currently holding offers from Oxbridge and/or Medicine/Veterinary science. They were able to ask them questions about the applications process, what the interviews were like and super-curricular activities that they found helpful.

We are very grateful to our own year 13 offer holders who attended the event to give the benefit of their experience to a wide range of year 12 students across Bath; between them they have two offers of Medicine, offers for Veterinary Science, an offer from Cambridge for Geography and an offer from Oxford for Chemistry.

Finally, we would also like to thank Mrs Fran Bryden for organising such a successful conference.

Ms K Rutter

Deputy Head of Sixth Form

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