Dr Shannon McKellar Stephen, Senior Tutor, and Professor Martin Speight, Acting Vice-Principal, of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, will be travelling through India in March visiting a number of schools in Delhi and Mumbai to encourage bright students to apply to the University and explain what it takes to win a place at Oxford.
Tutors from St Anne's College, University of Oxford regularly travel across the world to speak about studying at university in the UK in general, life at Oxford, and the Oxford admissions process. Most recently, St Anne’s has travelled to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, amongst other countries, and the visits have always been very successful. As part of St Anne’s first visit to India, Dr McKellar Stephen and Professor Speight will be meeting students, parents, guidance counsellors and school principals, with the aim of inspiring the best students to think broadly about what subject they would like to study, where they would like to pursue their tertiary education, and ways in which they can strengthen their applications.
Professor Martin Speight, Acting Vice-Principal:
‘As Acting Vice-Principal of St Anne’s College, I am delighted to be visiting India to talk to schools, students, teachers and parents. Though we will only have a short time in Delhi and Mumbai on this trip, I hope that we will be able to open new and exciting long-term associations with many colleagues and friends in higher education, and to provide Indian school students with a wider range of choices for university.’
Oxford has over 900 fully-funded scholarships available for new postgraduate students, including the new Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarship, which saw its first recipients arrive at Oxford in 2013. Indian students are the fifth largest overseas student group at the University – there are currently over 300 Indian students at Oxford, most of whom are postgraduates. Indian students contribute to student life through many societies, including the Oxford Indian Society and the Oxford University Hindu Society.
Whilst in India, St Anne’s College will be holding alumni events in Delhi: Oxford Today: Adapting for the Changing World on Saturday 25 March, and Mumbai: ‘Oxford and India Conversation on Advanced Drone Technology’ on Wednesday 29 March. Both events will include a talk on applying to Oxford. Further details are available at http://tinyurl.com/st-annes-delhi-mumbai.
About St Anne’s College, University of Oxford
St Anne’s College was founded in 1879 as the Society of Oxford Home-Students, providing a more affordable way for women to obtain a degree at Victorian Oxford. In 1942, the Society of Home-Students became the St Anne’s Society, and in turn a full College of the University, complete with Royal Charter, in 1952. It is now one of the largest Colleges, with a diverse and lively mix of 446 undergraduate and 300 postgraduate students, with an academic fellowship that ranges across the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physical and Medical Sciences. The College remains modern in outlook, and committed to the advancement of learning, education and research, as it has been throughout its history.
Examinations results required
In 2012, Oxford announced that conditional offers of admission to Oxford for undergraduate study would be made based on a candidate’s performance in the Class XII examinations set by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC). Previously, Indian applicants for undergraduate courses needed to have A-levels, SATs or the International Baccalaureate. Typical standard offers are set for each course by individual subject departments, but candidates will be expected to achieve 90% in each of the five subjects taken in the Class XII examinations. This equates to approximately the top 3% of candidates taking the CBSE and ISC.
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