About Us

Our Commitment

St Anne’s College has always been strongly committed to ensuring the brightest and most ambitious students from all backgrounds can access an Oxford education and thrive here. We believe that difference should be respected, promoted and celebrated; as diversity of people, their ideas and accomplishments are a rich source of learning for all.

In the Outreach Office we work with students, schools, and parents to increase knowledge about St Anne's, Oxford, and Higher Education in general to help students make the decision that's right for them. This involves organising visits from schools and students to St Anne's, our team visiting schools to deliver workshops in our link regions, and we offer many online sessions as well.

With Key Stages 2-4, we typically cover "What is Higher Education?" and "What is Oxford?", to promote their benefits so that students can consider these as options for their futures. In Key Stage 5 we cover the UCAS process, how to make Competitive Applications, and advice on the Oxford admissions process.

A place for everyone

Our History

Inclusivity has always been at the heart of St Anne's throughout our history. Founded as The Society of Home-Students, the institution was a pathway for allowing women – especially working-class women – from around the city to access and study at the University of Oxford. In 1942, the Society of Home-Students became the St Anne’s Society, and in turn a full College of the University.

To this day, St Anne's strives to be a welcoming community for everyone, regardless of their background or financial situation, and an integral but unique part of the University of Oxford.

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Our Impact

Each year we get in touch with more and more schools, teachers, and students, and in the year 2022-23 we have proudly continued our role as one of Oxford’s most active Outreach Teams. We aim not only to work with as many schools and students as we can, but to keep in sustained contact with them: to support students throughout their studies and applications, and allow teachers to help many generations of students through the years.

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Regional Outreach at St Anne's

Our dedicated Outreach Team works with students, teachers, schools and families across the UK and especially in our outreach link regions. 

Under the University's regionalised system for outreach, much of our outreach and access work is with schools and colleges in the North East of England and the London Boroughs of Hillingdon and Southwark.

We also work in partnership with Trinity College and Christ Church as members of the Oxford for North East consortium to support schools and prospective applicants across the North East of England.

Come and visit us!

Open Days

The Open Days are a great way to visit St Anne's and to find out more about our forward-looking, diverse and down-to-earth community. The University's next Open Days will be on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2024.

Click below to find out more about the schedule for the day, accommodation requests, and top tips for how to get the most out of the day.

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Meet the Team

St Anne's Outreach Office

Our outreach work is supported by a team of over one hundred trained undergraduate Student Ambassadors, from all regions of the UK, as well as internationally.

Together, they are committed to demystifying Oxford and demonstrating that St Anne's is a welcoming, forward looking and down-to-earth college.

Students, teachers and parents from our outreach link regions are encouraged to contact our Outreach Team for advice and guidance on applying to Oxford or to find our how we can support you. 

Email: outreach@st-annes.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 274825

Jackie Watson

Outreach and Academic Support Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1865 274825

Jackie was a Head of Sixth Form and Careers Lead in two comprehensive schools before joining St Anne's. She has supported applications for university, apprenticeships and other careers for over 20 years. Her undergraduate degree was in English at Oxford, and she has since done a PhD in London.

George Hobart

Outreach Officer

A photo of George Hobart, Outreach Officer, in Hinksey Park--a beautiful serene spot in South Oxford.
Tel: +44 (0)1865 274881

George attended a state comprehensive school in Hertfordshire before studying Physics and Philosophy at Oxford from 2019-2023. As a recent graduate he is an expert in Oxford student life both pre- and post-pandemic, so as well as his outreach capacities, he has an in-depth knowledge of the Oxford student experience.

How can you help out?

Current Students – Get Involved

Student ambassadors are at the core of the work we do here in outreach – you are always the best, most enthusiastic, and most accurate representatives of the college, and visitors always enjoy meeting you most of all!

Sign Up to become an Ambassador

If you are a current St Anne's student (from any year) looking to get involved in some of our outreach activities, then we're always looking to expand our team! We have plenty of opportunities for you to help out with; whether it be open days, residentials, tours of college, Q&As, you can commit as much or as little time as suits you.

At the beginning of each academic year we run two ambassador training sessions, to train new ambassadors and refresh old ones should they want a reminder. Students from any year can come along to these – it's never too late to join our wonderfully friendly team of ambassadors!

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This year's training sessions will be in SR10 (top of the new library) at the following times:

  • Monday 16th October 17:00-18:30
  • Friday 20th October 15:00-16:30

You can sign up to join those, but we also welcome walk-ins. And if you aren't able to make either of these sessions, please get in contact or come find us in the Academic Office, and we'll always happily get you involved in our outreach!

Part of a larger team

Working with the University

As well as the work we do in our link areas, the university runs many programmes to improve access to the university and support students, teachers, and parents across the country.

Learn more about their work