Do your research and explore the city between interviews to try and develop an appreciation of what it might be like to live there.” Richard Thorne applied to St Hugh’s College, Oxford in 2013.
After being pooled and receiving an offer from Lady Margaret Hall, he now studies history and politics at the University of Exeter and is currently on a year abroad in Paris.
If you hear people referring to the ‘Middlesex side’, this refers to the Fulham/Chiswick side of the course. I’m harbouring strong feelings about who’s going to win. I was talking to (insert name here), before you put your oar in.
The ‘Surrey side’ is the Putney/Barnes side of the course. I think (insert team here) is going to win, but I’m going to keep quiet – wouldn’t want to rock the boat. I hope (insert team here) aren’t feeling any pier pressure.
The term is used to refer to them collectively, both in contrast to other British universities and more broadly to describe characteristics reminiscent of University of Oxford and University of Cambridge, often with implications of superior social or intellectual status.
The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, sometimes collectively known as Oxbridge, are the two oldest universities in the United Kingdom.You are not allowed to get on with it on your own, at least not for the first few terms.For English, I had at least five or six contact hours a week – of tuition on my own, in pairs or in small groups.A notable exception is Japan's Cambridge and Oxford Society, probably arising from the fact that the Cambridge Club was founded there first, and also had more members than its Oxford counterpart when they amalgamated in 1905.The word Oxbridge may also be used pejoratively: as a descriptor of social class (referring to the professional classes who dominated the intake of both universities at the beginning of the twentieth century), Thackeray's Pendennis also introduced the term Camford as another combination of the university names – "he was a Camford man and very nearly got the English Prize Poem" – although this term has never achieved the same degree of usage as Oxbridge.The Boat Race, the Bullingdon Club, and the infamous May Balls to name but a few.What you may not be prepared for is the horror show of the admissions process.The historic University Boat Race, which sees Oxford and Cambridge battling it out down the River Thames, is set to take place on Sunday 2 April 2017.This year, it’s known as ‘The Cancer Research UK Boat Races’.He wishes he’d known how uncertain and frustrating the interview process would be, and explained: “You could literally be hanging around for days with few scheduled things to do, waiting to find out whether you could go home, or whether you’d been pooled and had to stay for more interviews.” He recommended being sure students apply for a subject they love, not one they think will be a means to an end, as this will come across in the interview process. This Monday, parents and pupils around the country will start crossing fingers, collecting rabbits’ feet and drawing hexes on the floor as the final applications are filed.In William Thackeray's novel Pendennis, published in 1849, the main character attends the fictional Boniface College, Oxbridge.According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this is the first recorded instance of the word.They rarely stop to consider whether the universities are right for them in other ways. And despite the stereotypes, this isn't because the universities are posh – they're not.