Student admissions and access

University of Oxford Strategic Plan 2013-18 Commitment 4: To ensure that our undergraduate and graduate admissions processes identify students with outstanding academic potential and the ability to benefit from an Oxford course whatever their background.

Oxford University seeks to recruit the best and brightest students from all backgrounds. Our outreach work includes programmes for groups that tend to be under-represented at Oxford and in higher education more generally. The following programmes are specifically for black and minority ethnic (BME) students.

Target Oxbridge

The University works closely with Target Oxbridge and Future Leaders, two organisations which inspire, support and champion students from BME communities, and is expanding its work with Target Oxbridge to include a project for students in years 11-13. For 2016 this includes an Easter residential programme for Year 12 students focused on course choice, applications to Oxford, preparation for Oxford’s subject tests and interviews, and familiarisation with Oxford’s educational and college context; students taking part will have continued support from Target Oxbridge staff and from Oxford tutors and students.

Access Conferences

British African and Caribbean students

For high-performing year 12 students of African and Caribbean origin, we offer an annual access conference in London.  This conference is delivered by the student-led African and Caribbean Society working in partnership with the University’s office for Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach.

The conference aims to support students in making competitive applications to Oxford, and provides them with a platform to ask questions and engage with student role models of African and Caribbean origin who are currently studying here. It also assists teachers in providing advice and guidance to young people as they consider their options for Higher Education.

The African and Caribbean Society also runs other workshops in London, and a shadowing scheme.

For further information please contact the African and Caribbean Society at

British Pakistani and Bangladeshi students  

We are also introducing conferences for British students from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds. These conferences support students, their parents and teachers in their preparation for higher education.  Selected schools will be invited to nominate students with the potential to apply to selective universities.

Future Leaders

Oxford University sponsors Future Leaders, an annual publication which profiles 100 of the most outstanding black university students in Britain. It is aimed at secondary school, sixth-form, college and university students and is used as a role model guide to inspire and raise attainment.

Find out more

For further information about undergraduate admissions and access please see For details of our graduate degree courses please see To find out more about Continuing Education, which includes part-time and online courses, please see