Student Conferences

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences 2020 Online Sessions

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Student Conferences online webinar series. You can view the individual pre-recorded sessions by clicking the links below:  

 Student sessions:  

This presentation will include everything you need to know about both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, the application process and the different kind of support available to you. 

Our academics give you an insight into what they’re looking for in a strong application, including guidance on personal statements and what to expect at interview. 

Thank you to those of you who submitted your questions for this session. Current students from both universities answer your questions on a range of topics including choosing a college, student life, workload and support.  

Thank you to those of you who submitted your questions for this session. Two of our academics answer your questions about a range of topics, from deferred entry to EPQs. 

Teacher session: 

As well as providing teachers with an introduction to the Universities, this session also offers an inside look at the admissions process and our Outreach work. We answer some of your questions, covering topics from college choice to interview preparation. 


We hope that you will be able to get the most out of these sessions.  


In light of developments with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have jointly taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences.

We are sorry for the late notice of this announcement, but we hope you will understand that the health, welfare and safety of visitors, students and staff are our number one priority. 

Please be assured that both universities are strongly committed to providing opportunities for students to explore our courses and find out about our admissions processes. We are currently investigating alternative provision for the delivery of the conferences and will be in touch with further details. However, you will appreciate that at the moment, we are focussed on making sure that all schools and colleges are aware that the events will no longer be going ahead.

The following events have all been cancelled:

  • Aintree – 16 March 2020
  • Newcastle – 17 March 2020
  • Lisburn, NI – 19 March 2020
  • Glasgow – 20 March 2020
  • Swansea – 23 March 2020
  • Birmingham – 24 March 2020
  • Epsom - 25 March 2020
  • Epsom - 26 March 2020

What are the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences?

Designed as Open Days on the road, our conferences bring experienced admissions staff, subject specialists and current students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to you and your students at venues around the UK.

The events are aimed at Year 12 students (or equivalent) who are studying for their A Levels/IB (or equivalent) and are beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form. These full day events provide up to date information about our courses, clearly outline the admissions process and provide students with the opportunity to hear first-hand how our current undergraduate students find life at Oxford and Cambridge. Our aim is for students to leave having explored the breadth of subjects on offer to them, gained a deeper insight into what our courses involve and an understanding of how both universities assess applications.

For 2020, we will once again be hosting a Teachers Programme throughout the morning sessions and encourage teachers and HE advisors to consider attending the conferences alongside students.

Student Conferences in action
Student Conferences in action

The conferences will cover:

  • Subject specific sessions for many of the courses available at Oxford and Cambridge
  • Applying to Oxford and Cambridge, including Student Life
  • Making a competitive application
  • Student finance and careers
  • Teachers and HE Advisors forum

The students seem to be really enthusiastic about their courses and I felt that these were the kinds of people I would like to study alongside.

Conference attendee

Admissions tutors, academic staff and current undergraduates from both universities will also be on hand to answer students' questions.

Admission is FREE but by ticket only and all bookings should be made online through a teacher. Please do not arrive at a conference venue without having made a booking as you will be turned away.

For other events run by Oxford and Cambridge Universities, see: