Medicine Outreach Day

Each February, Oriel College hosts a day for UK state school students interested in studying Medicine or Biomedical Sciences at university. Current Medicine and Biomedicine students are present throughout the day, along with practising doctor, Dr Ruth Wilson. The day is aimed at discussing admission to medical schools in general, although we are very happy to support students who may be considering the University of Oxford.


Applications for this year's Medicine Outreach Day have now closed. A waiting list is in operation for candidates who have already completed the relevant forms: we are unable to consider any new applicants at this point.

About Us

Oriel College has links with a number of state schools in the UK, and a strong tradition of outreach and access programmes involving its student ambassadors. Dr Ruth Wilson is a practising GP and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford, and is involved in the teaching of clinical medical students. This outreach event is in its fifth year and has always received excellent feedback from students.

Overview of the Day

This programme aims to give students an insight into the lives of medical students and doctors. Students are able to participate in an interactive session led by current doctors using an actor as a simulated patient. We consider what makes a good doctor, why patients might visit their doctor, and the doctor/patient relationship. No prior medical knowledge is required, although the session is modelled on how communication skills are taught to current medical students. Other activities include talks from current students, activities relating to admissions tests (e.g. BMAT) and a talk from a college tutor.

The day begins at 10am (with arrivals from 9.30am) and ends at 4.30pm on Saturday 10th February 2018. Please note that early arrivals will NOT be accomodated: students should not arrive before 9.30am. The full programme of activities will be hosted at Oriel College, Oxford (OX1 4EW).


Schools should nominate students in Year 12 who have the ability and interest to study Biomedical Sciences or Medicine at university. Students MUST be taking Chemistry at A-Level.  Lunch and refreshments are provided. Schools will be allowed to nominate up to 4 students. Students from all UK state schools are welcome to apply. Once you have nominated your students, the Outreach Officer will be in touch with a more detailed application form for them to complete themselves.

Schools should organise parental consent and arrange their own transport. All activities at Oriel are offered free of charge.

Teachers should apply on behalf of their students using the form below. Applications close on Friday 26th January 2018: at 12 noon for school nomination forms, and midnight for student reply forms. A total of 80 places are available, but in the event of oversubscription, places will be allocated with priority given to students from one or all of the following:

  • Non-selective state schools
  • Schools with limited history of progression to Oxbridge and other highly selective universities
  • Home postcodes with limited history of progression to HE