"Now I am certain that I want to study biology and I am very likely to apply to Oxford." - UNIQ student
UNIQ is the only official Oxford summer school and aims to offer students a realistic view of life as an Oxford University student.
We worked together with members of both Zoology and Plants to curate a programme that gives the students a taste of what it is like to study here at Oxford, equipping them with tools to be successful in the application and interview process.
We hosted 20 students interested in studying biology and throughout the week they participated in various lectures, labs, tutorials, and activities related to the Biological Sciences undergraduate program. The students spent time at Wytham Woods, here at Plant Sciences, and at the Botanic Garden, as well as in colleges for various social functions.
3960 total applications were made to UNIQ in 2017, and of the 875 that were selected to attend the summer school 95% meet one or both conditions of being from a disadvantaged socio-economic background (ACORN postcodes 4 and 5) and/or from a neighbourhood with low participation in higher education (POLAR3 postcodes 1 and 2). This compares to 93% of selected applicants from 2016.
“[UNIQ] has vastly expanded my knowledge and interest in both Biology and Oxford.” - UNIQ student
“Oxford seems more approachable than before.” - UNIQ student
For more photos from the week click here.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make UNIQ a success this year!
Labs / Practicals at Plant Sciences
Professor Gail Preston
Dr Reka Toth
Dr Charlotte Kirchhelle
Pablo Munoz Rodriguez
Professor Ben Sheldon
Dr Ella Cole
Dr Keith McMahon
Dr Antone Martinho
Professor Graham Taylor
Oxford Botanic Garden
Dr Stephen Harris
Dr Lindsay Turnbull
Dr Jonathan Green