Led by Pembroke College, OxNet is an access and outreach initiative which aims to raise the attainment of the ‘Most Able’ pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to be regionally focused and community orientated. It is unapologetically academic in its focus and has had a significant impact on the local communities in which it has worked since 2008
400 Special Events: Access and Joseph Owen Dinner
To celebrate our 400th anniversary, Pembrokians are invited to return to College for themed dinners taking place throughout 2024 to mark significant dates in the calendar and in our history. This dinner is held during Access Week. Alumni of the access programme and former JCR/MCR Access Officers are invited to join this year's OxNet cohort.
Access and Outreach
Pembroke College seeks to inspire and nurture a spirit of lifelong learning and enquiry in line with our statutes, providing ‘education for the common good'. We encourage pupils from diverse backgrounds to apply to the UK's top universities, including Oxford and Pembroke. Much of our outreach work is carried out under our OxNet banner.
Led by Pembroke College, OxNet is an established Access and Outreach initiative run collaboratively between participating colleges at the University of Oxford, other Higher Education institutions and seven Hub secondary schools/colleges in West London, the North West and North East of England. OxNet's national network of Hubs work with multiple Link schools in their respective areas of the UK, existing in long-term strategic relationships. This direct relationship enables OxNet to sit at the heart of local communities, championing local interests & needs.
OxNet runs 5 academically-intensive programmes, which are offered to approximately 140 Year 12 pupils across our target regions every year. OxNet’s five programmes are: 1) Humanities & Social Science, 2) Languages, 3) English, 4) Science, and 5) Philosophy & World Religions. Participation in one of the year-long OxNet programmes includes a variety of activities, such as: a Study Skills Day, a 6-week Seminar Series, an Easter Essay Competition, a Summer School, and a Twilight Talks series.
OxNet’s primary three aims are to be:
- Attainment driven: We aim to raise educational standards through emphasising challenging but sustained academic activities, which have a direct impact on pupil attainment. This is to be achieved through taking a long term, strategic, unapologetically academic approach to delivering our Access goals, which has a dedication to the equitable distribution of opportunity
- Regionally focused: We aim to build a diverse network of university & school partnerships which encourage regional collaboration to address specific, local needs. This network should focus on pupils in London, the North West & North East of England, to ensure that every young person, irrespective of background or location, has access to the University of Oxford and other competitive universities
- Community orientated: We aim to take a longitudinal, collaborative, holistic approach to Access work, by working with younger age groups, wider communities, schools/colleges and other HE institutions. Through strengthening these community relationships and encouraging the sharing of expertise between numerous parties, we ensure that we remain responsive to the voices of local actors, transparent in our processes and collaborative within our sector.
OxNet also works closely with its sister organisation, CredOx, which aims to ensure a data-driven, evidence-based approach to both our access work and our admissions strategy, in addition to focusing on delivering defined outcomes, rather than preserving existing process.
In addition, OxNet Youth Scholars engages with younger age groups to develop academic confidence, curiosity and criticality in pupils who range from Year 5-11, through sustained academic activities, mainly in the North West of England. This vital work is delivered in collaboration with a number of schools and universities, including the University of Cambridge.
For more information about OxNet, head to their website here.
Read about OxNet’s joint work with the Rochdale Development Agency here.
If you're interested in volunteering, you can email Morgan Lewis, the OxNet Officer.
Find below some examples of OxNet's success and features in the general media. Screenshots and texts are taken from various sites, please follow the links to read more.
OxNet Philosophy and World Religions Seminar Series 2023
"Students participating in the OxNet Access Programme 2023 recently completed their 6-session seminar series. These seminars allow students to work closely with academics and develop their academic skills and knowledge."
Six Ashton Sixth Form College Students Join 2023 OxNet programme
"Following a competitive application process, our students on the programme will be joining other students from the North West and North East of England and London, throughout the programme. Students recently attended the first in-person event, Study Skills Day 2023. Students had the opportunity to meet others on the programme, participate in subject lectures, work on academic study skills with Dr Claus and lots more!"
Read more here.
Ashton Sixth Form College Students Receive Oxbridge Offers
"Five outstanding students from Ashton Sixth Form College have received offers to study at The University of Oxford and The University of Cambridge.... Ashton Sixth Form College has been a host of The Goldsmiths’ Sutherland Centre for Philosophy and World Religions in partnership with Pembroke College, University of Oxford for over 10 years. The long-standing partnership provides incredible opportunities for students, including the Oxnet Access Programme."
Read more here.
Students Given Better Opportunity for a Space in Top Universities with New Programme at Blackburn College
"Blackburn College is set to become a hub for the prestigious ‘OxNet’ programme, which will help students from across Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and Rossendale get information and advice about applying to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities."
Burnley Professor Inspires Students at Launch of Top University Access Programme
"Former Blackburn College student, Dr Helen McCabe, who is now assistant professor in political theory at Nottingham University, spoke of her time studying at Oxford University, at the launch of the OxNet programme held at Blackburn College.
The OxNet programme is an intensive 12-month academic programme for Year 12 pupils living in the North West, North East and London, which leads to a residential at Pembroke College at Oxford University. The course involves a mixture of study days, essays, series, Easter conferences, summer schools and talks."
Read more here.
Most recent Access News
Pembroke Hosts Final Open Day of 2023
On Friday 15th September we welcomed around 750 prospective applicants and their supporters to Pembroke for our final Undergraduate Open Day of the year. Visitors were welcomed at the Lodge by members of staff, before taking tours of College with our team of friendly student ambassadors who were ready to answer questions about living and studying at Pembroke, life in Oxford, and much more.
Pembroke Welcomes Rochdale and Bury Students for Month-Long Summer School
Over the month of July, 260 secondary school students from around the world experienced undergraduate life at Pembroke. This year, following a partnership formed with Rochdale Development Agency, a number of pupils from across Rochdale and Bury were invited to attend the summer school - an opportunity to engage with new academic ideas, to be challenged in their subjects, and to immerse themselves in the Oxbridge experience.