Students Excel at Oxford Access Week

A record number of South Cheshire College A-Level students successfully gained a place on this year’s ‘Access Week Programme’ to experience life as a University of Oxford Undergraduate, in conjunction with the College’s Partnership.

The partnership aims to inspire students from the North West to make applications to study at Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities.

Young candidates from the OxNet schools network, who have participated in various academic courses and events in London, the North West and the North East throughout the year, came together at Pembroke College in Oxford for a week-long residential, the culmination to these programmes.

Participants spent the week studying and living in College and were hosted by undergraduates who acted as mentors and advisers, and postgraduates and Fellows who taught them.

A total of eight students from South Cheshire College participated across three subject centres including Humanities, Theology and Religious Studies and The Science Network.

Four of these students were also selected to participate in a new interdisciplinary programme, ‘The Ordered Universe Project’, an interdisciplinary project focused on the work of a medieval scientist, a first for the Pembroke access programme this year.

Fiona Burgess, Futures Coordinator at South Cheshire College said: “Dr Giles Gaspar, Project Principal Investigator from Durham University and academic lead for the pilot, was very impressed with how our students performed throughout the week. He noted how they applied themselves both to the academic challenges and how they presented ideas worthy of undergraduate level study and beyond.”

At the end of the week Pembroke hosted a prize giving ceremony, at which the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Louise Richardson, presented students who performed particularly strongly throughout the programme with an award.

South Cheshire College’s Ezekiel Wallis, 18, from Nantwich, was presented with a prize for the Humanities programme and Katie Chan, 17, from Hong Kong, also received a special mention for her dedication to the Humanities programme during the week.

Fiona went on to say: “All of our students worked very hard during the week and tackled their academic briefs with enthusiasm, whilst also taking advantage of the additional social activities available. They were a credit to the College.”