From next year, UNIQ’s intake will rise from around 850 A-Level (or equivalent) state school students to 1,350 a year. Each student gets to spend a week at Oxford, studying their chosen subject, experiencing undergraduate life at first hand and learning how to make the best possible university application.
UNIQ is already the largest school of its kind offered by a single UK university. It is also one of the most effective at transforming a student’s chances of success. UNIQ students now have a 34% chance of successfully applying to Oxford, compared to the average UK rate of about 20%.
UNIQ’s expansion will be funded from the generous donation made to Oxford by the businessman and philanthropist Sir Michael Moritz and his wife, the novelist Harriet Heyman. At the same time, the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Programme for undergraduates from the lowest income families, which the couple fund, will also expand.
The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Louise Richardson, said: "UNIQ is a wonderful example of what can happen when bright students are given the chance to realise their potential, increase their confidence and raise their aspirations. These 500 extra places will enable even more young women and men to see for themselves that an Oxford education is within their reach."
UNIQ offers first year A-Level students the chance to fully immerse themselves in Oxford undergraduate life. They follow a full programme of study, taught by top Oxford academics, including lectures, tutorials and lab sessions in their chosen subject. Each student gets to stay at an Oxford college, living and socialising with current undergraduates who can explain what University life is really like. Workshops throughout the week give advice on the Oxford admissions process and how best to apply.
On top of the extra spring and summer school places, the University will continue piloting UNIQ Digital. Students will be able to stay in touch with the University after their week at Oxford, receiving on-line mentoring, encouragement and advice in the build-up to making their applications. UNIQ Digital will also be available to a further 1,000 students who missed out on a school place.
More details about UNIQ 2019 will be available later in the year.