The Oxford ACS Shadowing Scheme, alongside student-run programme ‘Target Schools’, welcomed 25 African-Caribbean year 12 students to Oxford, and each students was given the chance to shadow a current Oxford African/Caribbean undergraduate.
Drawing on our personal experiences, the Oxford ACS realised that very few African/Caribbean students get the chance to visit Oxford and get any kind of insight to life studying at Oxford, which explains the prominence of many of the negative stereotypes associated with the institution. The Oxford ACS Shadowing Scheme is our answer to this, we take a group of approximately 25 year 12 students each term and give them the chance to shadow on of our members for the day. This allows them to gain access to our tutorials (private weekly lessons), lectures, colleges (dotted all over the city) and even extra-circular activities.
At the end of the shadowing period we hold a interactive session with the students, focused on debunking myths about being an African-Caribbean student at Oxford, our tips for applying, subject choices, and how the students can use Oxford as a springboard for their later endeavours in life.
The feedback from the scheme has been fantastic, and it allows us to provide an authentic insight into life studying at Oxford and inspire these students to take that leap of faith and be confident in their applications.
Our Shadowing Scheme has proven to be an effective way of giving students an insight into the wide range of subjects available to them at a university level. More importantly, it gives us a chance to engage with the next generation while leaving them equipped, informed and excited to take their next steps into higher education.