Over the next couple of weeks almost 10,000 potential students will be undergoing probably some of the most taxing and challenging interviews in the country (or maybe even the world) as they seek admission for courses starting at Oxford University in October 2007.
There is a lot of mystique about the admissions process at Oxford, and therefore as this will be my first time viewing it I thought it would be interesting to record my observations and thoughts on what actually goes on. Hopefully it will assist those who would consider applying to Oxford in future years to get an insight into what actually happens, from a perspective that would not normally be open to public scrutiny.
The views that I will express will be my own, and I will not be mentioning individuals or revealing information that would allow the progress of any particular applicant to be identified. It will be more an opportunity to give you an overview of what is happening at Oxford over the next couple of weeks, and why it happens this way, and also indicate what goes on behind the scenes to enable the Colleges to make just over 3,000 offers to the successful candidates. I'm aiming to make at least one post each weekday, starting from Monday 4th December - the content will to some extent depend on what I will be doing each day. I'll summarise my thoughts overall in a final post on Friday 15th December.
I hope that you find it useful and interesting - if you have any comments feel free to post them. If there any questions then I'll try and answer them, and if it is something related to the admissions process I may even be able to find some useful web-links to provide you with more information.