There is a prevalent misconception about Oxford University that it is only for the ‘elite’. Until a year ago, I believed it too. In reality, the above statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Oxford is for everyone, regardless of their race, religion, schooling or financial status. All you really need is a passion for your subject and the dedication to work hard.
Recent access reports have shown that these misconceptions are indeed resulting in comparatively less BAME and state-schooled students receiving offers to the top universities in the UK.
Fortunately, Oxford University and associated societies are now doing their best to reach out to prospective students who might otherwise be hesitant to apply.
In this pursuit, the Oxford University Islamic Society has organised the first ever Oxford Muslim Access Conference (OMAC), to be held at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form in East London on the 22nd of September, 2018.
This conference will focus on all the religious and non-religious barriers that prevent hundreds of capable and brilliant Muslim students from applying each year. Moreover, current Oxford students, alumni, and scholars will also be at hand to provide invaluable information about life in Oxford as a Muslim and advice on how to boost your UCAS application. It will be an opportunity to ask any and all questions that you may have and gain valuable insight about the university’s application process.
Overall, the conference will feature:
University Representatives - The Application Process
Subject Sessions - Personal Statements, Entrance Exams and Interviews
Student Panel - Life as a Muslim in Oxford, particularly for Women
Alumni Panel – Life after Oxford
Scholar Talk - Which Barriers do Muslim Students Face?
This event is free and open to all, all you need to is register through this form:
Registration closes on the 7th of September, and as there are limited places available, please do register as soon as possible!
To keep up to date with details of the event, follow OMAC on Twitter (twitter.com/ouisoc_access) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/events/1074394939393893/)
And remember, there is a place for you at Oxford!