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The Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford.

The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students, and staff members, in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford.

All of our events are run in Oxford, and are free to attend.

Year 10

Taster Days

Taster Days give academically able year 10 students a chance to visit Oxford for a taste of what it would be like to study here.

The programme includes an introduction to higher education and student finance, interactive sessions with current students, lunch served in a college dining hall, and participation in an academic activity.

Year 10

Taster Days


Year 10 students at non-selective state schools across the UK, usually without sixth forms, or with little, if any, history of sending students to Oxford.

Applications are made by schools, rather than individuals, with each school welcome to bring up to 10 students.

100% of teachers agreed that the visit overall gave their students a positive impression of Oxford University.

91% said they had experienced or heard something that would help in advising students about Oxford University.



Tuesday 22 January

Thursday 24 January

Wednesday 30 January

Friday 1 February

Wednesday 6 February

Friday 8 February

Tuesday 12 February

Thursday 14 February

Wednesday 27 February

Friday 1 March

Tuesday 5 March

Thursday 7 March

Applications are now closed

The application deadline was November 23.

Sample Programme


If you have any questions about Taster Days please contact Nicole and Lucy on:

Year 11

Investigating Options

These events aim to explain the importance of GCSE results and post-16 choices to students and their teachers. They are designed for students who have already had some other introduction to Oxford, such as a Taster Day.

We run three specific subject-area days. Investigating Medicine explores the different subjects connected with Medicine and offers students a chance to participate in subject tasters, alongside more practical sessions to inform students about the course options which are available to them. Investigating Humanities offers an introduction to a range of Humanities subjects through lectures, seminars and tutorials, with supporting information sessions for parents, and general talk on university applications and finances. Investigating Social Sciences provides students with the chance to explore a number of subjects within the Social Sciences through a series of lectures.

Year 11

Investigating Options


Year 11 students at non-selective state schools across the UK, usually without sixth forms, or with little, if any, history of sending applicants to Oxford.

Applications for the Autumn Investigating Options are made by schools, with each school welcome to bring up to 10 pupils.

Applications for the Summer Investigating Medicine, Humanities, and Social Sciences Days are made by individuals, but we ask students to nominate a teacher at their school to support their application.


If you have any questions please email Suzie and Andrew on:


Investigating Options - For Schools 6, 7, 8 November 2018 Applications have now closed.

Deadline 5pm Monday 15th October.


Investigating Subjects - For Students

Applications will open in Summer 2019.

Investigating Medicine Summer 2019
Sample Programme from previous years.

Investigating Humanities Summer 2019
Sample Programme from previous years.

Investigating Social Sciences Summer 2019
Sample Programme from previous years.

Year 12

Study Days

The Year 12 Study Days will not be running in the year 2018/19 as Pathways transitions to working with earlier year groups.

Who we are

The Pathways Programme is run by the colleges of Oxford University, and is coordinated by a small group of college-based Outreach professionals, who are responsible for each particular stage of the programme.

Who we are

Programme Director

Ms Helen Brooks
Mansfield College

Helen is originally from Hampshire. She moved to Oxford to study Classics at St John’s College, where she spent most of her spare time volunteering as a student ambassador. After graduating she worked briefly at St John’s in the admissions office, and since April 2014 she has been the Access and Admissions Administrator at Mansfield College. In her role at Mansfield she works primarily with schools and colleges in parts of South London and Yorkshire & the Humber, which she loves going out to visit. In her free time Helen enjoys reading, travelling, and drinking excessive amounts of Yorkshire Tea.


Mr Luke Maw
St Edmund Hall

Luke grew up in Leeds, attending a local comprehensive school and sixth form. He studied Physics at The University of Nottingham, and worked in the Widening Participation Team there before moving to Oxford to become the Schools Liaison Officer at St Edmund Hall. He works primarily with schools and colleges in Hampshire and Leicestershire, regularly traveling to visit schools in these areas, as well as hosting visits to Oxford. Luke is a keen (but by his own admission, unfit) cyclist who occasionally cycles very long distances and then regrets it wholeheartedly. He is more at home spending time with friends in one of Oxford’s many historic pubs..

Year 11 Coordinator

Mr Andrew Miller
Merton College

Andrew is originally from the North East of England and attended his local comprehensive on the banks of the Tyne. He studied History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and worked first in publishing and then in secondary schools advising students on higher education in both the UK and abroad. He then read for his MA at University College London in US History and Politics.

Year 11 Coordinator

Ms Suzie Giles
Corpus Christi College

Suzie grew up in Berkshire and worked in an office job in Maidenhead after finishing school. She then moved up north to Durham University where she studied English Literature. Afterwards, she moved back home to train to be a secondary school teacher and worked in local schools in Slough before moving to the charity sector. After a few years working for the access charity IntoUniversity in their Oxford centre, she joined Corpus Christi College as their Outreach Officer and Admissions Administrator, working mainly with schools in Derbyshire and Greater Manchester. In her spare time she enjoys playing football, language learning and experimental cooking!

Year 10 Coordinator

Ms Nicole Boothman
Keble College

Nicole was born in Samoa (an island in the South Pacific) but soon moved back to Manchester with her family where she spent the rest of her youth attending local state schools. She then headed north to Scotland to study Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating she taught English in Vietnam before moving to London where she trained to become a secondary school teacher. She spent most of the next few years teaching Spanish at state secondary schools there, but also escaped to work in Argentina for a year. She currently lives near Oxford and is the Access & Outreach Officer at Keble College, working mainly with schools in the West Midlands. She loves discovering new places!

Year 10 Coordinator

Dr Lucy Busfield
St Anne's College

Lucy grew up in North Yorkshire and attended a comprehensive school in a small market town. She studied Theology at Hatfield College, Durham, before heading down south for a Master's degree at Mansfield College, Oxford. She spent the following three years researching the religious history of Early Modern England at St John’s College, Oxford, completing her doctorate in summer 2016. Since then Lucy has racked up more college affiliations working in access and outreach, first at Wadham College and now at St Anne’s College. She works primarily with schools in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and parts of London. In her free time, Lucy enjoys reading, cooking and walking in the countryside.

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