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Applying to Oxford, Cambridge and other competitive U.K. universities

Our partners from Greene’s College, Oxford present an introduction to applying to competitive U.K. universities with an extensive question and answer session at the end. The session covers:

  • A brief introduction to the UCAS application process;
  • What competitive universities are looking for in successful candidates;
  • Suggested timelines for a successful university application;
  • Hints on how to construct the perfect Personal Statement to help your application stand out;
  • Aptitude/admissions tests – why universities use them, what they are looking to test and how to prepare for them;
  • Why universities interview, what interviewers are looking for and common mistakes to be avoided;
  • The 3 Ps of university preparation – planning, preparation and persistence.

Greene’s is Oxford’s oldest tutorial college and has over 50 years’ experience of preparing students for admission to leading universities both in the U.K.

Joining us from Greene’s are:

Alex Gray – Managing Partner (Academics)
Alex read for a Master’s in Mathematics at Magdalen College, the University of Oxford before going on to undertake research at the university in Mathematical Physics. A former Oxford college lecturer he has first-hand experience of the admissions process.

Rowena Fletcher-Wood – Academic Manager (Science)
Rowena read for her Master’s in Chemistry at Somerville College, the University of Oxford before completing her doctorate at the University of Birmingham in environmental materials chemistry. She has worked at Birmingham, Reading, and Oxford Universities in research, teaching, and public engagement roles. An expert science communicator she has many years’ experience of tutoring and interviewing.

Grant Connor – Academic Director 
Grant is an alumnus of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Modern Languages (French) and, later, for the Master of Philosophy degree, specialising in post-deconstructive French philosophy. As the Greene’s Academic Director, he oversees the college’s university applications process.

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