The SFX Oxbridge & Russell Group Programme

  • Published: 22nd January 2018

The Oxbridge & Russell Group Programme at SFX offers high achieving students both support and guidance in preparing and applying for these universities.

What does the group offer?

The programme allows students to develop their problem-solving, thinking and debating skills and provide them with an insight into the university admissions process.  The programme also includes university speakers visiting students in college, placements on university master classes and summer schools, practice interviews and visits to universities.

SFX has successfully supported students through to top universities, including Oxbridge, Imperial and King’s, and students always receive advice and mentoring that is tailored to their needs. We have experts in a variety of fields to mentor and guide students through their university application from start to finish.

The groups coordinator and HE Mentor, Dr Koursarou sees real benefits for the students; “The group is a great opportunity for students to develop and widen their independent research skills and prepare for their university journey.” 

2018 – planned trips 

Students will attend the Oxbridge student conference which is a chance for them to see what is on offer at Oxford and Cambridge University. They will also visit a number of other universities.

2018 – visiting speakers in College

An extensive programme of visitors from universities and work-related schemes are scheduled for this year. These include speakers from the following universities:

  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • King’s College London
  • St George’s hospital
  • London School of Economics
  • Surrey

What the students think about the group?

Year 13 student, Russell Group offer holder, “The Russell Group has been really useful for me as it has provided support from the beginning of year 12 in encouraging me into higher education, which before joining SFX I was somewhat reluctant to do. The experience has given me the opportunity to become more informed on topics outside of my school subjects, including doing online courses. On top of this the teachers involved have been very helpful throughout the UCAS process helping me to make applications to 5 Russell Group universities.” 

Year 12 student, “I have found the program very useful as it has helped me to dramatically improve my personal statement for university.” 

Christmas trip

In December 2017 the group spent a day in London, absorbing the culture and festive sights. A great day was had by all!

Student quote about the day:

“I learnt that London was extremely diverse and that we are so lucky to be living in such a multicultural society enriched with various cultures and that regardless of where we are from we still are respectful of each other’s backgrounds.”

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