UNIV STUDENT AMBASSADORS
Univ ambassadors help with giving school tours to state schools in Univ’s ‘link region’, as well as giving academic taster sessions and helping with ‘study days’. It is a very flexible way to make a difference, as you choose which times to sign up for every term. To get involved, or if you have any queries, email
Ffion Price at email@example.com
TARGET SCHOOLS SHADOWING DAYS
Target Schools aims to demystify Oxford with their Shadowing Days, where sixth-form and college students are given the opportunity to shadow a current undergraduate. They run short training sessions at the start of every term for new volunteers – for any queries, or to sign up to the mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send them a message on facebook.
Volunteering with Oxford School Pupils
IntoUniversity is a charity that sets up learning centres across the country to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds - either to get to university, or to achieve another aspiration. Examples include homework help and CV guidance. The time commitment is at least one session per week for 12 weeks over the entire academic year, so very doable! https://intouniversity.org/content/intouniversity-oxford-south-east
University students offer weekly tutoring sessions to pupils at local schools to help them reach their full potential. Last year, 100% of teachers said that their pupils’ interest, confidence and attainment in the subject improved, and 97% of tutors said volunteering with Schools Plus enhanced their university experience!
In Oxford, around 35% of pupils have English as an additional language - this is more than twice the national average. Jacari is a student charity which provides free home tutoring, via university students, to children age 4 - 16 who speak English as an additional language. Apply via their website: https://www.jacari.org/
Branch Up aims to tackle extracurricular disadvantage. Many of the children that they work with do not have access to extracurricular activities. This has a detrimental effect on their social development and their educational attainment. They run activity days three Saturdays per term where you get paired with one student for the whole day. Activities include visiting the zoo, sports and art workshops. Find out more here:
Supporting Current Students
This is the OUSU's campaign for racial awareness and equality. Their recent projects include '100 voices’, a research effort to assemble and share the experiences of BME students at Oxford. They also deliver sensitivity training to JCRs and MCRs, and their BME Voices photo campaign can be found on their Facebook. They are always looking for enthusiastic people to get involved – email email@example.com to join their mailing list.
CLASS ACT CAMPAIGN
This campaign recently launched to support students here from 4 ‘strands’ – working class, low income, state comp, and first gen. Their projects include panel discussions and welfare tea events, as well as a buddy system for freshers (like college families), and regular socials. To get involved, just like their page on Facebook where events will be advertised! Feel free to message them with any queries.
FIRST GEN SOC
This society exists to support students who are the first in their family to come to university when they are here, and also to do some outreach to areas with low attainment to Oxbridge. They are always looking for more people to get involved and to come up with ideas – just send the Facebook page a message with any queries, or email firstname.lastname@example.org