Schools Ambassador Project Launch Event

Schools Ambassador Project Launch Event

Oct 27, 2017
Teachers and senior leaders from all nine ambassador schools participating in this year's St Peter's College Foundation Schools Ambassador Project were welcomed to a conference held at St Peter’s towards the end of September, for an afternoon and evening of getting to know their academic mentors, the college, the University and the admissions process.
 
 
Speaking at the launch, Mark Damazer CBE, Master of St Peter’s, said: ‘We have academics here full of excitement about the thought of teaching motivated school teachers who want to refresh or add to their knowledge. I hope the scheme leads to a richer understanding in the schools as a whole about what an Oxford college is really like and helps boost the confidence of teachers to get their best students to apply here.’
 
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Conference sessions included:
 
  • a brief history of the University and the college by Mark Damazer 
  • an introduction to access and admissions by Dr Robert Pitkethly, Tutor for Admissions
  • a mock interview between Dr Marina MacKay, Fellow and Tutor in English, and one of the college’s current undergraduates, Eimer McAuley
  • an introduction to Oxplore by Rebecca Costello, Widening Access and Participation Assistant (see https://oxplore.org/ for more information)
  • a tour of the college with student ambassadors
Teachers then had their initial academic mentoring sessions with their mentors, agreeing the scope of the topic to cover during the sessions, and objectives for the year. Senior leaders from the schools walked across Oxford for a Q&A session with Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach, and Charlotte Hamilton, Student Recruitment Officer.
 
 
Everyone came together in the evening for a drinks reception and dinner, followed by an overnight stay in college, to get that authentic student experience!
 
Comments from teachers included:
 
  • ‘Fascinating and inspiring in equal measure’
  • ‘It was exciting to be there, and seriously impressive’
  • ‘A well-organised and informative day’
  • ‘I came away from our meeting with lots of ideas’
  • ‘The mock interview was excellent, although I would like to see a contrasting interview from a different tutor (from a different subject)’
Teachers and mentors will be meeting virtually during early November for their next mentoring session, and visits to all ambassador schools are being arranged for spring 2018.
 
For more information, or to join the waiting list to join the project, please email Daniel Pugh-Bevan at schools@spc.ox.ac.uk or Marianne Talbot at outreach@spc.ox.ac.uk.