Representing Sikhs in Oxford and Cambridge

Oxbridge Access Conference 2023

The Sikh Societies of Oxford and Cambridge Universities run an annual access conference, to help, support and encourage young Singhs and Kaurs to get into some of the top universities in the country.

This year, the conference will be on 4th November 2023, and it will be hosted at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (CB2 1RL).

About the Event

The aim of this event is to encourage Sikh students in Year 11/12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland), or Year 13 (Northern Ireland) who show a strong academic ability to consider applying to some of the top universities. Current Sikh undergraduates coming from similar educational backgrounds will provide general information and advice about the “Oxbridge” experience. This will include a a series of talks, workshops and a Q&A panel. This event is organised by current undergraduates and members of the Oxford University Sikh Society, and the Cambridge University Sikh Society, with guidance and support from full time staff members from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

Students can sign up via the button below. The deadline for applying is 6th October.


This is last year's timetable, it will give an idea of the structure of the day. We will update the website with this year's timetable once it has been confirmed.

Times Session
10:00 – 10:30 Arrival
Registration and welcome snacks
10:30 – 10:45 Welcome
Introduction to the event
10:45 – 11:45 Admissions
A talk from the St Catharine's College admissions officer, with room for a Q&A session at the end
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 12:30 Life at Oxbridge
  • Similarities and differences of the two universities
  • Discussion about collegiate systems, general structure of tutorials/supervisions and lectures
  • Discussion about social life and societies
  • Q&A session
12:30 – 13:30 Breakout sessions
Subject specific advice in smaller groups
  • Each group led by undergraduates studying the same/a similar course
  • Information on course structures
  • Advice on personal statements and admissions tests
  • Mock interviews and interview tips
13:30 – 14:15 Lunch break
A vegetarian lunch will be provided
14:15 – 15:45 Tour
Of the College and the University
15:45 – 16:30 Getting the most out of university + Q&A
A talk on how to get the most of your time at university and best set you up for your career, followed by a panel of current undergraduates who will answer any questions that the students may have about Oxbridge and higher education in general

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