Summer Schools


The excellent Summer Schools programme was launched at Oxford University in 1997 by The Sutton Trust, and was subsequently expanded to other universities. It was designed to give a week-long taste of university life to UK state school teenagers who otherwise might not consider taking a degree.       Feedback was extremely positive, e.g.:

"No-one in my family has ever been to university, but through my week . . . I have gained the courage to achieve my dream of going."

"”If it wasn't for the week I spent in Oxford I would NEVER have the confidence to apply to Oxford university... THANK YOU!!”

Alex studied classics at Oxford, and we wanted to help and encourage more state school pupils to have similar opportunities.  Our grants helped to increase the number of places available at Sutton Trust Summer Schools at Oxford University in each year from 2005 to 2009.  Since 2010 Oxford has run its “UNIQ Summer Schools” independently.  We have continued to support them every year from 2010 to 2017 by providing free text books for the students in the UNIQ Oxford Summer School classics group.  In 2017, there will once again be some Sutton Trust Summer Schools at Oxford as well, and we are providing free text books for their “Introduction to the Ancient World” group. 

Here are two comments from past Summer School classics group students:

“Thank you. It was the most amazing week and I just want you to know that it counts. It has inspired me to work hard to try and get to Oxford and I've met so many awesome people that I hope to know for a long time. This has really meant a lot to me so thank you so much.”

“It was such an amazing week, thank you so much! I learnt so much more about life at Oxford and uni life in general, and it has made me a little more comfortable with the application process. Also thank you for the books . . . they are most helpful and interesting.”

Click here for more information about:

UNIQ Summer Schools Oxford

UNIQ Summer School Oxford - Classics

Sutton Trust Summer Schools (all)

Sutton Trust Summer Schools - Oxford

Click here for summer school photos.


Oxford University Summer Schools