The Department of Earth Sciences participates in a range of activities to make our subject accessible to school pupils, teachers and the wider public.

Visits and Talks

Our students and academics can visit local primary schools to support aspects of the KS1 and KS curriculum, for example rock formation; adaptation and evolution; and earth hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes.

In collaboration with Access and Outreach Officers in the various colleges, we  welcome school visits to the department, particularly Year 12s wishing to explore university options for those with A-Level Maths and Sciences, though we do recommend where possible that students visit on Open Days.

Every year, Oxford’s flagship access programme, UNIQ, helps students from diverse backgrounds to make successful applications to Oxford. This has been a difficult time for all students, so UNIQ has been better updated to meet the needs of this year’s group. This year UNIQ is offering free online support to 2500 UK state school students, starting in April and continuing for several months. UNIQ enables students to explore subjects that interest them and provides help with preparing University applications. Students on UNIQ are guided by Oxford undergraduates through social, admissions and academic activities. In the summer UNIQ students participate in online lectures and tutorials with Oxford academics and after summer, UNIQ continues to support students as they prepare for and progress through university applications. Each year about a third of UNIQ students who apply to Oxford get offered a place. UNIQ is open to students attending UK state schools who are applying to university next year (Y12 in England and Wales, Y13 in Northern Ireland and S5 in Scotland). Selection considers students’ grades and their socio-economic and educational background. Find out more on the UNIQ website.

Our academics present at the Oxford and Cambridge Regional Conferences, staged at venues around the UK, in order to bring a flavour of our two universities to those who might not be able to visit us. We also give taster talks alongside other science departments at the annual Maths & Science Teachers Conference, Further Maths What’s Next, Lesser Spotted Science, and Pathways events in Oxford.