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.
We are currently evaluating the scope of the Pathways provision for Year 11 groups. Further information on the future of this strand of the programme will be updated here in due course.
Ms Helen Brooks
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..
Mr Andrew Miller
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.
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!
Ms Nicole Boothman
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!
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.
All Pathways events are designed for non-selective state schools in the UK. We prioritise schools without sixth forms, or with little, if any, history of sending students to Oxford. Individual events have their own selection criteria.
For the Year 10 and 11 days, the maximum number of students per school is 10 in order for as many schools as possible to benefit from the events; there is no minimum.
We work with academically able students who should be capable of applying to the most selective universities. We recognise that not all will go on to apply to Oxford. The Year 10 and Year 11 events are aimed at students who are capable of attaining mostly A* and A grades at GCSE (or grades 7, 8 and 9 in the new GCSEs).
All activities and lunch are free, but you will need to organise your own transport to Oxford.
Teachers who want to join the Pathways mailing list should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of their school, their role, and contact details.