Scholars’ Trip to Oxford

Thursday 23rd May 2024

On Thursday 9th May, a group of the Remove Scholars and ROL (‘Romance of Learning’) pupils had the amazing opportunity to visit Oxford and the University.

First, we visited the Ashmolean Museum, working with an expert from the Museum to uncover the history of a collection of ancient items, including a Chinese tea brick, a Greek coin, and a Roman oil lamp. The workshop allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of many museums, including the Ashmolean, and develop an idea of how these museums impact life at the University. We also saw many pieces of artwork around the Museum from a variety of different cultures, and we looked at how the cultures which we are interested in have changed throughout the course of history. On top of this, we were able to see how many of the objects we own in our lives today have such a complex history, and are in fact a collection of items from many different cultures, rather than just our own.

We lunched in the Covered Market, and after lunch spoke with a senior lecturer at the University, who was able to tell us more about studying at Oxford and the application process itself.

We were able to visit three Colleges: Trinity, New, and Magdalen. At New College we were greeted with a flashmob by a fantastic a cappella group made up of students from the College choir (led by an OM, Ed Beswick), and we were then joined by several other OMs studying a variety of courses at Oxford, so we could find out more about what life at Oxford was like. We were able to split into separate groups for humanities and sciences in order to talk to students studying the areas that interested us, and this allowed us to get a true feel for the atmosphere at the University. The students also gave us a tour of New College so we could see how the individual Colleges work to produce tighter friendships and a greater sense of community in such a vast University.

Overall, the trip was a brilliant way for us to learn more about a potential next step in our academic journeys, and explore an amazing and extraordinarily beautiful University in a way which was both enjoyable and informative.

Pupil review by Tali S

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