An access initiative placing universities at the heart of local communities

What is oxnet?

OxNet is an Access initiative run collaboratively between participating colleges at the University of Oxford, led by Pembroke College, other HE institutions across the United Kingdom, and secondary schools acting as "hubs" in London, the North West and the North East of England. It is unapologetically academic in its focus, and has had significant impact in the local communities in which it has worked since 2008.


upcoming events

Access week 2020





Access Week will take place online this year, between 3rd and 7th August. Participants will receive tutorials, lectures, seminars and admissions guidance from Pembroke College and our partner universities.

Due to restrictions on social gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, OxNet is adapting its outputs.

You can find information about our upcoming events below. Please be aware that this may be subject to change, depending on developments in social distancing, national lockdown and in response to changing needs in our partner schools.

The theme for this year's Access Week is Elemental. Ancient and medieval thinkers put a particular store on the elements as the building blocks of the universe: earth, water, air, fire, and the fifth element aether. The Ordered Universe strand will be exploring this rather different world of the elements, though within it the seeds of modern sciences. To think about ancient and medieval elements is to think about unity and diversity in equal measure: from the elements come, for thinkers like Hildegard of Bingen or Robert Grossesteste, all things in their wondrous variety, yet all related to each other and to that from which they were made. A very suitable subject to think on during this multi and inter disciplinary summer school that includes Humanities & Social Sciences, Modern Languages, Philosophy and World Religions, welcoming delegates from London, the North West, the North East and rural India via the Karta Initiative.

“Clever men are impressed in their differences to their fellows Wise men are conscious of their resemblance to them.” 

R. H. Tawney

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