Students attend the Oxford and Cambridge University Conference 2017
This year’s exciting and informative Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference took place on Monday 20th of March at Aintree Racecourse. An annual fixture in the Ballakermeen Sixth Form calendar, this year veteran trip leader Mr Watson was joined by Mrs Moore as they chaperoned seven aspiring Oxbridge candidates to the event.
Despite a very early start on the 7am flight to Liverpool, each of the students and both members of staff were full of excitement and enthusiasm about the day that lay ahead; looking forward to gaining insight into the courses on offer and networking with academic staff from each institution.
The day itself was packed full of informative talks and lectures about the hallowed halls of each university and the wide array of opportunities available to successful applicants. Whether students were interested in Mathematics, Classical History, Languages or Philosophy there was something to academically inspire each of them and they also enjoyed learning about some of the new and more precise areas of study that are offered at each university. Students were also able to obtain vital information and advice about the famed application process, as well as insight into the hopes and expectations of each institution regarding their applications.
While the students were exploring the academic wonders that may await them in their academic future, Mr Watson and Mrs Moore were whisked away to a number of seminars specifically for teachers. They were both inspired by the ideas and suggestions regarding students’ wider academic reading and were reassured that the support and advice offered by the Sixth Form team to UCAS applicants goes above and beyond the foundations expected of both prestigious institutions.
After a long day, the tired, but infinitely more knowledgeable group dashed back to the airport for their return flight. The day may have been an exhausting whirlwind, which left each student with a lot to ponder, but it was definitely an enjoyable and informative experience for all involved.