Visiting Us In-Person

What’s on?

We are excited to welcome you in-person to Pembroke during the Open Days this year! Remember that our dates are 29th and 30th June 2022, and 16th September 2022. We have a range of activities planned, and for most events there is no need to book.

Academic Taster Talks and Admissions Q&A Sessions: see timetables for booking information

We will be offering a range of Academic Taster Talks in the afternoons of the Open Days, given by our Subject Tutors. These are a great way to find out more about what studying at Pembroke and Oxford is like, and to ask your questions to our tutors about their research. 

Our Academic Director, Nancy Braithwaite, will also be hosting  Admissions Q&A sessions after lunch on both days. These are a great opportunity to ask your questions about making a great application to Oxford and Pembroke!

We ask that only prospective applicants book a space on a talk. We may be able to accommodate parents and supporters on the day once applicants have taken their seats for the session.

Wednesday 29th June

 

Time

Booking required

Admissions Q&A with Nancy Braithwaite, Academic Director

Have a question you can't find the answer to online? Our Academic Director Nancy Braithwaite will be giving a short admissions talk with time for Q&A to help you better understand the Oxford admissions process and how to make a great application.

Nancy will speak for 30 minutes but will be available at the end for 15 minutes for any questions.

13:00 - 13:30 Yes - book here using Eventbrite

Engineering Subject Taster:

Artificial Intelligence

Dr Nick Hawes will discuss the Oxford Robotics Institute's research on autonomous robot behaviour, including his own research into the use of autonomous robots everywhere from under the ocean to around fusion reactors.

Nick will speak for 20 minutes but will be available at the end for 10 minutes for any questions.

13:30-14:00

Yes - book here for free using Eventbrite

Philosophy Subject Taster: 

The philosophy and physics of time travel

Dr James Read will explore the philosophy and physics of time travel.

James will speak for 20 minutes but will be available at the end for 10 minutes for any questions.

14:30 - 15:00

Yes - book here for free using Eventbrite

Medicine Subject Taster:

'Learning the Art and Science of Medicine: The Case of the Unzipped Woman'

Dr Lois Brand will discuss her work as a consultant in Emergency Medicine, presenting a case study exploring the art and science of treating patients.

Lois will speak for 20 minutes but will be available at the end for 10 minutes for any questions.

14:30 - 15:00 Yes - book here for free using Eventbrite

 

Thursday 30th June

 

Time

Booking required

Admissions Q&A with Nancy Braithwaite, Academic Director

Have a question you can't find the answer to online? Our Academic Director Nancy Braithwaite will be giving a short admissions talk with time for Q&A to help you better understand the Oxford admissions process and how to make a great application.

Nancy will speak for 30 minutes but will be available at the end for 15 minutes for any questions.

13:00 - 13:30 Yes - book here for free using Eventbrite

Politics Subject Taster:

Understanding and Safeguarding Democracy

Dr Javier Pérez will discuss how politics research and teaching at Pembroke and the University tackle the democratic challenges of the 21st century.

Javier will speak for 20 minutes but will be available at the end for 10 minutes for any questions.

13:30-14:00

Yes - book here for free using Eventbrite

Informal ‘drop in’ Subject Tutor sessions: 12:15 – 17:00 all days (no booking required)

Our Subject Tutors will be available during the Open Days for informal meetings with prospective applicants to answer questions about the subjects we offer at Pembroke. This is a brilliant opportunity if you have a question about a course, teaching at Oxford, or are trying to decide which course might be for you. 

Please see below the times for when our Subject Tutors will be available for drop ins. They will be located in the Pichette Auditorium, and you will be taken here at the end of a student tour of college. You can also ask for directions to the Pichette at the welcome desk in the Porters Lodge.

Subject Wednesday 29th Thursday 30th
Arabic 14:00-15:00 14:00-15:00
Biochemistry 13:00-17:00 13:00-17:00
Biology 14:00-16:00 14:00-16:00
Chinese 14:00-15:00 14:00-15:00
Economics 12:30-14:30 12:30-14:30
Engineering 14:30-15:30 14:30-16:00
English 14:00-17:00 14:00-17:00
History 12:30-16:00 12:30-16:00
Japanese 14:00-16:00 14:00-16:00
Management 15:30-17:30 15:30-17:30
Maths 13:30-17:30 13:30-17:30
Modern Languages 14:30-17:00 14:30-17:00
Medicine 13:30-14:30 14:30- 15:30
Philosophy 13:30-14:30 13:30-15:30
Politics 13:30-16:30 13:30-16:30
Psychology 12:30-14:00 12:30-14:00
Theology   13:30-15:00

 

Students sitting on the grass in Chapel Quad, Pembroke College. Dining Hall building can be seen in background.

Tours of Pembroke by Student Ambassadors: 8.30-17.30 all days (no booking required)

Our Student Ambassadors will be available throughout the day to give you a guided tour of Pembroke, including seeing accommodation, the dining hall, social spaces and teaching rooms, and to answer your questions about being a student at Pembroke. We’re one of the first colleges open for tours before Department events!

Meet a few of them below:

Pembroke is a wonderful college for my course primarily because of the tutors who support and encourage the students to inspire interest and enthusiasm for the subject. I understand that subject expertise is found across Oxford but I honestly don’t think I could’ve chosen a better College for me. In terms of academic resources, our librarian is extremely helpful in sourcing books or directing us to where we can find what we need. The Pembroke book grant for first years and finalists is also extremely helpful in equipping us for what we study.

Tabitha Musa (2020, Spanish and Linguistics)

My favourite thing about Pembroke is how much of a community it is. Starting at Pembroke in first year, the college bubble provided a support network of incredible friends and very supportive staff. There was always so much to get involved with, giving us easy access to a vibrant social life alongside our studies. Pembroke is also a fantastic place to be for a Joint Honours student as there’s so many of us! A diverse range of Joint Honours are studied each year, meaning you will have a strong cohort of people with a similar schedule and workload to you. 

Anna Zakonyi (2018, History and Italian)

My advice to someone wanting to apply to Pembroke would to be yourself and trust in your own abilities, the interviewers are genuinely interested in what you have to say and generally speaking are not trying to catch you out! Pembroke gave me a lot of support last year both financially and pastorally during Covid, which made a very challenging year a lot less so.

Carla Messinger (2020, Chinese)

One of the reasons applicants for Biology should choose Pembroke is that it is home to excellent tutors who not only are experts in their fields but are also exceptional teachers and really care about their relationships with their students. My favourite thing about Pembroke is definitely the friendliness. Although I’m sure many colleges may say call themselves “friendly”, at Pembroke you are truly surrounded by people who really care about you, and you can always find someone in college to have a chat with.

Giulia Toccaceli (2020, Biology)