Balliol is committed to supporting prospective students in making informed decisions about studying at university generally, and at Oxford in particular.
Pravahi Osman, the David Freeman Outreach Officer (with Jack Robinson, Outreach Assistant) works with prospective applicants, schools, education professionals and parents, aiming to dispel myths and stereotypes about the College and Oxford University, in order to draw the very best applicants to study here, regardless of background. She is particularly keen to work with schools, teachers and community organisations to raise aspirations among young people, to encourage fair and informed choices regarding university admissions, and to support students and schools in making applications to Oxford.
Pravahi says: ‘As Outreach Officer my role is to work with schools to help encourage and support able students apply to Oxford University. I can provide access to University students, academic staff and facilities through school visits; I also visit schools. As a teacher, I am able to help schools to build their own programmes to support able students from the point of entry.’
Pravahi is helped in her work by the JCR Access and Admissions Officers. Pravahi holds a valid DBS (formerly CRB) check. Balliol College subscribes to the Oxford University Code of Practice on the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
As part of the University’s link college system, Balliol College works with schools in Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Alongside inviting students and teachers from the area to Balliol for school visits, we also organise access events in those counties.
If you have any questions, or if you are unable to find the information you need by following these useful links for schools, we are always happy to offer advice to individual students, parents or teachers over the phone, via email or face to face. (Please be aware that through approaching us for advice, you will not receive any special treatment regarding an application and we will not ‘coach’ you or review any part of your UCAS form. You will receive the same advice and support if you make an individual enquiry as you would if you were to attend any of our school or public events such as an Open Day.)
Pravahi works with schools to help encourage and support able students apply to Oxford University: for more information, see the Schools and Outreach web pages.