University Engagement

Every year, students at The Oakwood Academy have a variety of encounters with a range of universities, both local and further afield. Our aim is for students to leave Oakwood with a very clear idea about what universities have to offer, their importance in providing wider opportunities in life and to dispel as many myths about going to university that we can. Below are just some of the activities and universities we engage in. If you have any questions about University then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Morris, our careers adviser at

Ambition Nottingham

During each Academic year, up to 12 students are selected to be a part of the Ambition Nottingham Sutton Scholars Project.  This is a 5-year programme which sees students visit two campuses at The University of Nottingham and complete a series of activities around university education and life. 

The Year 7 and 8 cohort have already been involved in a visit to the University of Nottingham and would normally have been invited to attend an optional Enrichment Day in the coming months. As you will appreciate, these have had to be cancelled, due to the COVID-19 restrictions that are in place.

However, the Ambition Nottingham Team have developed a series of online tasks and activities for students on the programme to complete, if they wished to.  The team do not wish to add any further pressures to families during the current situation, so these activities are entirely optional. However, there are prize draws for each task that your child does complete!


Year 7 Instructions

1)    Your child should read through these PDF PowerPoint slides and follow the instructions.

2)    There are accompanying worksheets to complete the tasks they wish to work through.  You can download the worksheets by clicking these links: Task 1; Task 2; Task 3 (Word versions) and Task 1; Task 2; Task 3 (PDF versions).

3)    Once they have finished all of the tasks they wish to complete you will need to upload them via this link by Tuesday 30th June 2020.


Year 8 Instructions

1)    Your child should read through this Activity Pack and aim to complete as many activities as possible.

2)    They should write their answers out onto this Word document or PDF document (or alternative if you don’t have Word or PDF).

3)    Once they have finished all of the tasks they wish to complete you need to upload them via this link by Tuesday 30th June 2020.

The final task for each set of activities involves students making a video - the video should not contain image/video footage of students or parents/carers. Students should use objects, scenery and displays of their work only. Any video footage submitted will be deleted by the University once all prize winners have been announced (Friday 3rd July).


Parent Newsletter

Ambition Nottingham have also produced a parent newsletter about the sessions and events from the Year 7 and 8 programmes so far:

Year 7 - follow this link to read more 

Year 8 - Year 8 Ambition Nottingham newsletter

If you have any queries about these tasks then please feel free to get in touch with the Ambition Nottingham team at



Each year, identified students in Years 9, 10 and 11 work with a national group called IntoUniversity.  They offer an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.  Their sessions range from understanding what University offers to revision skills, and have also offered mentoring to smaller groups of students.


University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University

Each year our local universities engage with a wider range of students in a variety of contexts.  These include:

  • Assemblies with Years 7 and 11
  • Key note speeches during the Year 10 upper band enrichment day
  • Hosting visits to Year 8 students
  • Attending Year 8 options evening


Cambridge University

Each year Cambridge University offers visits to identified students in Year 10.  This involves a tour, some workshops and activities around what it is like to attend one of the world’s leading universities.  We try to do this trip with Redhill Academy to begin to develop a relationship between students in different Trust schools.

Cambridge Visit