Oxford Summer Success for Selby students

Two students from Selby College have successfully secured places at Oxford University’s prestigious Summer School. Former Holy Family School pupils Emily Morbey and Beth Walker, both 17, recently discovered that they had been accepted for the university’s sought after Summer School programme, which is open to only 875 students nationwide.

The Summer School is run by the university’s UNIQ programme, which aims to provide high-performing students from areas with a typically low number of Oxford applicants the chance to experience life at the esteemed institution. The Summer School is means-tested, so both students had to prove their high achievement at GCSE as well as writing a short personal statement. Statistics have shown that students who attend the UNIQ programme have a 40% chance of successfully applying to the university, which is double the typical average of 20%.

During their week-long stay in July, Emily and Beth will get a true taste of Oxford life, staying in real student accommodation, attending lectures and seminars, and taking part in extra-curricular activities including a formal ball at the end of the week.

Beth, who will study English for the week, said, “I am so happy to have been accepted onto the UNIQ course for English this July. I can't wait to study the subject that I'm so passionate about in more depth at Oxford and find out more about the university itself."

Emily will get a taster of Oxford’s Human Sciences degree programme later in the year. She said, “I am really excited to discover what the week will hold and I hope the experience will act as a stepping stone into a top university for me in the future.”

If you are interested in applying for next year’s Spring or Summer intake, you can find out more here: http://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/. To find out more about our Horizon Group for high-achievers contact Gemma France who is based in the GST Office in the LRC.

Published: Thursday 7 Jun 2018