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universal sugarcane · September 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Here’s something I heard from an Imperial admissions officer, that you can use your extracurriculars to demonstrate certain skills relevant to your subject. For example, one student who applied for Medicine at Imperial said that learning the violin helped her improve her dexterity which would be helpful in performing surgery. Does Oxford look for similar things? Also, does Oxford appreciate “academic” extracurriculars like doing a research project with a university during your school year or attending camps/workshops relating to your subject? Btw, loving the video series! It’s really helpful for an international student like me 🙂

Aidan S · September 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm


Raspberry Cat · September 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm

2 comments?! Now’s my chance for fame!

*Slams face on keyboard*

Seriously though, these videos are fantastic for getting an idea of how to craft a personal statement. As a current year 12 looking to study Physics {edit:as part of a natural science course} at Cambridge (I am a heretic), this kind of video is really helpful. Keep up the good work, and I hope the PhD is going well!

123 456 · September 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Very helpful series, keep it up

chesster1883 · September 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm

I think it’s important to add that the same personal statement gets sent to all universities you apply to, and other universities may care more about extra-curricular activities than Oxford/Cambridge. It’s very important to make sure your personal statement is appropriate for all your applications, not just for your application to Oxford/Cambridge.

From personal experience, my place at Warwick University was offered on results day because of my personal statement which demonstrated I not only had academic potential and interest in the area of study (Statistics/Computer Science) but also had a good record in my extra-curricular activities. Without mentioning these interests within my personal statement, I may not have been offered my place at University.

For reference, my offer was A*AA and I achieved A*A*BB so just missed out on the offer, but was accepted despite missing my offer. However the reasons I’ve mentioned above were what was explained to me over the phone on results day when they offered me a place.

Richard Williams · September 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Simon can you interview someone when exposing Oxford I the future that perhaps come across as coming from a more working-class background so as to remove the education gap between those privately-educated and those not? I find that someone perhaps closer to ‘your average Joe’ would be more relatable and result in a wider spread of people applying to Oxford, which would be beneficial for society.

anaonline · October 2, 2017 at 10:48 pm

Could you do a video about applying to postgraduate studies at Oxford or Exeter?

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