Students at Gower College Swansea have taken part in a brand new initiative that aims to attract more young people from state schools to the University of Oxford.

Around 80 A Level students attended the recent Step Up workshop at the Gorseinon Campus which was led by Head of Outreach at New College, Oxford - and former student of Gower College Swansea - Daniel Powell.

The Step Up programme is designed to inspire and support state school and college students through years 11-13. It aims to ensure that students of high academic potential recognise Oxford as a realistic and achievable option.

It identifies seven practical stages that will help students put together a competitive application to Oxford, with Step 1 being an introductory session which challenges students' perceptions about the University of Oxford. 

“We are delighted to work in partnership with Daniel and with New College to offer our students even more opportunities to explore options at the UK’s top universities,” says the College’s Oxbridge Coordinator Fiona Beresford. “It will be a fantastic opportunity for our students to speak to someone like Daniel, who is former student and who has been through the process himself.”

Step Up is a sustained contact scheme which will see students attend a series of sessions with the New College Outreach team and have the opportunity to meet tutors. This regular, consistent contact will help students to build the many stages of a university application, as well as normalising the University of Oxford – making it seem both less intimidating and more achievable.

“The majority of outreach programmes influence the critical applications and admissions part of the process,” says Warden of New College, Miles Young. “But we profoundly believe that there is an earlier stage at which we can attack the problem - deeper down the age groups - by building up long term relationships.  This is entirely consistent with Oxford’s educational difference, which is that it practises relationship-based teaching. Step Up supports students, teachers and parents to raise aspiration and encourage those talented students who might otherwise have not considered Oxford a realistic ambition.”

New College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. Situated in the heart of the city, it is one of the most architecturally striking, academically successful and largest colleges, with over 700 students (undergraduates and graduates) studying a range of disciplines.

Step Up was piloted in 2017, and now New College is working with 30 schools and colleges from regions across England and Wales:

Step 1 takes place at schools and is an introductory session about universities and challenges students' existing perceptions of the University of Oxford. 

Step 2 is hosted at New College. Students have the chance to see three different colleges, meet current students and academics, and have a session on their current and future options. 

Step 3 gets students talking and writing about their favourite subject - a good introduction to the interviews and personal statements which will come in the future. It also builds analytical reading and critical thinking skills. 

Step 4 is an alternative Open Day, hosted and run by current New College students, including academic sessions, social activities and a sample freshers' fair. 

Step 5 helps students make a start on their personal statements, analysing existing statements to see what works well, what doesn't, and the kind of activities they could be doing to further their own subject interests. 

Step 6 is based around the University of Oxford Open Day. Students will have the opportunity to stay at the College for the first time, before learning more about their chosen subjects and a variety of different colleges by visiting them! 

Step 7 introduces students to Oxford interviews, informing them about the process and helping them prepare.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Advertisers

Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel shared a video in channel. 3 hours 13 minutes ago

PwC CPD Webinar: Social Mobility

PwC CPD Webinar: Social Mobility

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page