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College continues successful partnership with University of Oxford

Four honours students at Cheshire College – South & West have attended The Pembroke Humanities and Theology Conference. The event included seminars delivered by current undergraduate mentors from Pembroke College and Corpus Christi College, The University of Oxford, as well as talks delivered by Oxford academics and a presentation skills workshop.

A Level student Agnes Miron, 17, from Northwich, enjoyed the opportunity to focus on the presentation skills workshop, she said: “The workshop was a great experience. I now understand how to deliver my research findings and conclusions with confidence.”

The conference is part of a Pembroke Access Programme and culminates with a summer school for students at Pembroke College in August.

Former Cheshire College – South & West student and current History undergraduate at Pembroke College, Conor Reeves, was one of a team of undergraduate mentors at the event. Conor, who also took part in the Pembroke programme during his A-Level studies, said: “I really value the work that these programmes such as the Pembroke Access Programme can offer to local young people, who may not consider applying to top universities to continue their education.”

Cheshire College – South & West’s Futures Programme Coordinator Fiona Burgess also attended the event, added: “The event provides an exciting platform for students to explore subjects that they may not have considered before, and this really reflected in the superb student presentations that we heard on the final day.”

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.”