Outreach Talks and Events

Balliol runs several annual programmes and events designed to widen access to the University of Oxford. Some are available only to schools in Hertfordshire (our link region) and some are open to students from any school.

KS3 Learning Days  for Year 7 and Year 8 students

These days are for able students from state schools in Years 7 and 8, run in conjunction with St Peter’s College. They are designed to introduce younger learners to the Oxplore website, which encourages students to debate some of our ‘Big Questions’ with the aim of developing thinking and discussion skills. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in an academic taster session run by the Maths Department.


10.15am Meet in reception area of the host college

10.30am-12.15pm Oxplore workshop and talk about Oxford university

12.15-1.00pm Lunch (provided)

1.00-1.30pm Tour of host college

1.30-2.30pm Maths Workshop

2.30-3.30pm Optional museum visit which must be requested at the time of booking

Dates available in 2019:

  • Tuesday 5 February
  • Monday 25 February
  • Thursday 9 May
  • Tuesday 14 May
  • Friday 17 May 

To book a place, please complete this online booking form. Places are offered to schools on a ‘first come first served’ basis and will be confirmed by email.

Subject Taster Days for Year 12 students

From time to time we offer one-day events that offer school students (from anywhere, not just Hertfordshire) the opportunity to experience what studying a particular subject is like at Oxford University. Forthcoming events will be listed here.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics Taster Day (for Year 12 female applicants from state schools only)

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019

Time: 10.15am-3.45pm

This event is designed for female students who are considering applying to Oxford to study PPE. The day will involve admissions advice, sample lectures and information about the interview process. A two-course hot lunch and refreshements will be provided.Please see timetable for the day

To book a place, please complete this online booking form.

Floreat Access Programme for Year 12 students

Balliol offers a year-long academic programme to Year 12 students from state schools in Hertfordshire. For details, please see this page.

Public admissions talks

We give public presentations on applying to Oxford at Hertfordshire schools, suitable for all students, teachers and parents. If you are in Hertfordshire and would like to host a public event at your school or college, please email Pravahi Osman to discuss: outreach@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

Other access events

Balliol also supports several university-wide access initiatives: