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10 December

OVs’ Oxbridge Top Tips

As many OVs who have successfully navigated the Oxbridge selection process will know, it is not a simple task. Applicants go through a rigorous procedure, including personal statements, pre-admission tests and, if those pass muster, interviews. Throughout each stage, the Oxbridge applicants must demonstrate a passion for their subject and a depth and breadth of knowledge in their chosen discipline.

King’s pupils are fortunate to have not only teachers supporting them, organised and overseen by Dr Ronan McLaverty-Head (Hon OV), but also the OV community. Last week we had some OVs who have personal experience join this year’s cohort for a virtual session dedicated to the process.

The OVs were: Alice Evans (S 11-18), currently studying for a DPhil in Oncology at the University of Oxford; Charlie Mackintosh (Cr 13-20), studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford; Theo Beever (S 09-16), who graduated with a First Class Master of Engineering (MEng) from Oxford in 2020; Zoe Kimber (S 15-20), who is reading History at Oxford and Tom Angell (Cr 16-21), who started his degree in medicine in September at Oxford.

Oxbridge Top Tips OVs

They discussed the different aspects of the application requirements, what the candidates can expect, and also gave some top tips to help candidates navigate the process.

Alice’s overarching advice was, “Try to enjoy the experience! Tutors are looking for people who genuinely love their subject, so try to make sure that this comes across.”

All the candidates greatly appreciated the OVs’ time and advice, which is helping to settle some nerves!