Help for Sunderland students to enter Oxford

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OXFORD University’s admissions team is in the region today to help get more bright students from the North East into the top establishment.

The visit is part of a series of events for state school teachers that include the chance to take part in mock Oxford interviews, speak directly to admissions tutors and separate fact from fiction when it comes to Oxford admissions.

The one-day conference, at the Marriott Hotel MetroCentre, covers all aspects of the admissions process, including workshops on personal statements and teachers’ references.

Mike Nicholson, director of undergraduate admissions at Oxford, said: “We want to get as many students as possible from the North East applying, and making the strongest applications they can to Oxford.

“And we know the difference a supportive teacher can make in encouraging and supporting bright students to apply here.”

He added: “There are lots of myths about what the Oxford admissions process is and isn’t about.

“With this event we want to get behind the hype to the facts and people behind the admissions process.

“It’s important to give teachers the information they need to support their students

“But it’s also important for them to see that Oxford genuinely wants bright students from all over the country – no matter what school they’re in or where they come from.”