The Oxford Academic Network



The Academic Network is a project delivered by the University of Oxford in partnership with Study Higher ( The project is aimed at supporting students with a strong academic record (A or B grade at GCSE) to develop skills to help them succeed at A-level and successfully apply to university. 

We also hope that you will get to learn something new and interesting from our fantastic and inspiring students and academics. In the past, they have delivered content focused on the enlightenment, religion at war and how medieval monks conceptualised the universe. They have also offered workshops, seminars, and lectures that you will be able to access.

The project has three main parts; 

  • Academic Course- A course for 30 gifted students across MKOBS which will support the development of cross-curricular and higher learning skills. Our course consists of eight events between April-September 2018 including seminars at the weekend and a 2 night residential at Oxford University in August.
  • Subject Centre- A series of seminars offered to complement the academic course. The seminars will cover a wide range of subject areas from music in film to South Asian soldiers involvement in WW1. Our lectures and seminars will take place between April-December 2018 in a variety of locations across Milton Keynes, Bucks, Oxfordshire and Swindon.  
  • University Extension- A series of public engagement lectures delivered by academics from Oxford which will be advertised on this site shortly


We are looking for those hungry for new experiences and knowledge to take part in our courses, seminars, lectures, and workshops. The Academic Network activities are available for young people attending state schools in Milton Keynes, Swindon, Oxfordshire, Bucks, and Berkshire. Priority places will be reserved for students from state schools and areas with a history of low progression to higher education or areas of socio-economic disadvantage. 


We will be working with Study Higher Higher Education Liaison Officers who are based in schools and colleges across the region to ensure that opportunities to attend events are communicated clearly. Events will also be advertised here so keep checking back!

We will be shortly opening applications for our Academic Course which will run from April-September 2018. Further details can be found at

In the meantime, if you require any further information please don't hesitate to get in touch with us via  

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