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    A final one from me if you will (sorry for all the questions). In the TSR pros and cons page it says that Worcester has the lowest endowment of all undergrad colleges. Aside from printing costs, does this affect the students much at all? i.e what else do you have to pay for, and what aspects are more expensive than the average over other colleges like accomodation/food/bar prices etc?
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    A final one from me if you will (sorry for all the questions). In the TSR pros and cons page it says that Worcester has the lowest endowment of all undergrad colleges. Aside from printing costs, does this affect the students much at all? i.e what else do you have to pay for, and what aspects are more expensive than the average over other colleges like accomodation/food/bar prices etc?
    It's basically printing, everything else is actually very well priced even vs the other colleges. We're not actually the poorest college anymore because our endowment has actually doubled in the last couple of years.

    Also, our endowment is £30,000,000 which is pretty decent considering there are only 400 undergrads. Manchester Met has an endowment of £1,000,000 and they have 50,000 students.
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    (Original post by Eux)
    A final one from me if you will (sorry for all the questions). In the TSR pros and cons page it says that Worcester has the lowest endowment of all undergrad colleges. Aside from printing costs, does this affect the students much at all? i.e what else do you have to pay for, and what aspects are more expensive than the average over other colleges like accomodation/food/bar prices etc?
    I've just been having a look at the breakdown of the college endowment and it's a hugely complex enterprise. The college has millions in various investments and the amount of funding ring fenced for students is huge and there are several funds for several different things.

    Basically, you're college experience is not really affected by endowment unless you're at a very wealthy college. You might pay a few pence more for printing, but it's nothing to worry about.

    Two things to say about accommodation costs:
    1) The college subsidise accommodation costs so the bill is never that big.
    2) A lot of colleges require their students to move out in the second year and paying private rental prices is significantly more expensive. In the long run accommodation is far cheaper at Worcester than it would be if you're required to move out.
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    I have several questions (probably a little stupid) about the oxford application process. I'll say it how I see it and people can correct me if I'm wrong and complete my view if anything is missing :
    I'm applying for History and Economics so I sit the HAT with economics question on 4th of November.
    I apply through UCAS with a PS. Do I have a referee as well ?
    I have to send in a written essay for each subject, written in my own time as part of school work. I only send this once I know which college is considering my application.
    What else do I need to send ? (School reports ? My equivalent GCSE results ?).
    I'm sorry for these questions but I feel lost because in my French Lycée hardly anybody as been through this process ! Any help will be appreciated !
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    (Original post by colourtheory)
    I've just been having a look at the breakdown of the college endowment and it's a hugely complex enterprise. The college has millions in various investments and the amount of funding ring fenced for students is huge and there are several funds for several different things.

    Basically, you're college experience is not really affected by endowment unless you're at a very wealthy college. You might pay a few pence more for printing, but it's nothing to worry about.

    Two things to say about accommodation costs:
    1) The college subsidise accommodation costs so the bill is never that big.
    2) A lot of colleges require their students to move out in the second year and paying private rental prices is significantly more expensive. In the long run accommodation is far cheaper at Worcester than it would be if you're required to move out.
    What's so different to a wealthy college then?
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    (Original post by Mairickme)
    I have several questions (probably a little stupid) about the oxford application process. I'll say it how I see it and people can correct me if I'm wrong and complete my view if anything is missing :
    I'm applying for History and Economics so I sit the HAT with economics question on 4th of November.
    I apply through UCAS with a PS. Do I have a referee as well ?
    I have to send in a written essay for each subject, written in my own time as part of school work. I only send this once I know which college is considering my application.
    What else do I need to send ? (School reports ? My equivalent GCSE results ?).
    I'm sorry for these questions but I feel lost because in my French Lycée hardly anybody as been through this process ! Any help will be appreciated !
    Hi there if you go to ucas.com you will be shown the first stage of appliction which is standard and requires a reference and lots of personal info.
    On Oxfords website, if you find the subject page for what you are applying for, it has all the requirements and a full page JUST on the undergrad application service explaining each part and what, where and when to send everything /
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    (Original post by Eux)
    What's so different to a wealthy college then?
    That's precisely my point; your experience is likely to be very similar. You might pay a little bit more for some things, but a lot is subsidised. Our food is excellent and cheap and accommodation well priced.

    Endowments are very complicated. Just because a college has a larger endowment doesn't mean they've ring fenced more money for food for students etc. They may choose to reinvest and buy land and property, for example.
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    (Original post by Eux)
    A final one from me if you will (sorry for all the questions). In the TSR pros and cons page it says that Worcester has the lowest endowment of all undergrad colleges. Aside from printing costs, does this affect the students much at all? i.e what else do you have to pay for, and what aspects are more expensive than the average over other colleges like accomodation/food/bar prices etc?
    That info is a bit old, since I think we recently sold a painting for £3 million or some **** like that It does not really affect students, dw :nah:
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    I'm off on holiday, folks, so no replies from me for a bit over 2 weeks :nutcase:
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I'm off on holiday, folks, so no replies from me for a bit over 2 weeks :nutcase:
    Have a lovely time!
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    (Original post by colourtheory)
    Oh my goodness, yasss!
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    TLG is the unofficial cheerleader for Worcester
    Not sure what you mean :ahee:

    Can't rep you. Fecking TSR :grumble::shakecane::cry:
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    Have a lovely time!
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    I don't really understand the HAT and sending in written work - I'm applying for History (Ancient and Modern).

    From my understanding you ask your school about your application and they sign you up, and you sit it on November 4 this year. Does the school then send them off?

    And written work is easy enough, but WHEN and WHERE do I send it? Or does my school send it as well?

    And do I need to send anything else with it?
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    (Original post by SkyRees)
    I don't really understand the HAT and sending in written work - I'm applying for History (Ancient and Modern).

    From my understanding you ask your school about your application and they sign you up, and you sit it on November 4 this year. Does the school then send them off?

    And written work is easy enough, but WHEN and WHERE do I send it? Or does my school send it as well?

    And do I need to send anything else with it?
    For submitted work:
    After you have submitted you application you will get an email from your college with directions. It can be a short turnaround (application deadline is 15 October, though you can apply earlier) and the deadline for submitted work to *arrive* is 10 November, so if you are an international applicant you may need to use a courier service. Each piece of work requires a specific cover page available here.

    For the HAT:
    If you take it at your school, they have to register as a HAT test center, and they administer the test & send it in. It is a bit of a pain, and takes time so get them on it fast. If I remember right, you are in France- there are 3 test sites there (Paris, Lyon, Cote d'Azur). More info here
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    (Original post by DCDude)
    For submitted work:
    After you have submitted you application you will get an email from your college with directions. It can be a short turnaround (application deadline is 15 October, though you can apply earlier) and the deadline for submitted work to *arrive* is 10 November, so if you are an international applicant you may need to use a courier service. Each piece of work requires a specific cover page available here.

    For the HAT:
    If you take it at your school, they have to register as a HAT test center, and they administer the test & send it in. It is a bit of a pain, and takes time so get them on it fast. If I remember right, you are in France- there are 3 test sites there (Paris, Lyon, Cote d'Azur). More info here
    I mean, my application is more or less all ready to go (asides from extenuating circumstances stuff.) So then between Oct 15 and Nov 10 I'll know which college to send my work to (in the mail?) and then they will have that ready. November 4th is the HAT which my school (which is a centre) will send my thing off and if it's good enough they'll invite me to interview (my course has 64% interview rate so hopefully that's alright...

    And no, I'm Welsh, you must be thinking of someone else :laugh:
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    (Original post by Tweald)
    Wondering what the interview for chemistry is like and if there is anything I can do to prepare for it.
    Candidates have two interviews for Chemistry. We've sat in on some. The interviews we witnessed lasted about 30 minutes and kicked off with some Maths functions, which candidates had to draw on a wipe board. The interviewer then moved on to discuss a couple of topics that developed different aspects of the A-level Chemistry syllabus. It was very teaching-oriented and the students being interviewed all seemed to learn something from interacting with the Tutor. Without exception, every candidate needed a prompt at some point which the interviewer provided by re-phrasing the question or giving hints or asking the candidate to think about the problem in a certain way. Before introducing a subject, the interviewer asked if the candidate had covered it yet in A-level - if not, he moved on to something else - this made no difference to the eventual offers.

    The advice our Outreach Officer has given to applicants based on this (and other observations) is to practice thinking aloud - explaining a Chemical idea to a friend or family member patient enough to listen to you is good practice. Our students also say don't be afraid to make a mistake - if you say something that is wrong, the interviewer will suggest an alternative or ask you to elaborate. The interview is very much a learning exercise so keep the lines of communication open.
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    (Original post by 333-morgan)
    Hi! Is it worth applying for PPE with these grades?

    6A* 3As IGCSE (one of the top grades at my school in Ghana)
    AAAB at AS-level (but the B is in math so kind of worried, only a few UMS off an A though..)
    However, I had 2 papers with full UMS and 1 with 99 UMS
    Thoughts ?


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    Yes do apply
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    (Original post by lucyx)
    How lenient would Oxford be if I were lucky enough to be given an interview but then tried to mess with the given dates? Basically, for my course the days are all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but I have school-related commitments on the Thursday and Friday afternoons which I would not be able to get out of (and which I wouldn't want to get out of anyway.) If I had a letter signed by my headmistress and parents would they consider doing all my interviews on the Wednesday (and even early Thursday morning?) Or on different days?
    If not I have no idea what I'd do: go to the interviews and forget my commitments, forget about Oxford, or apply again next year...
    PS I am not assuming I will get an interview, far from it. Just planning ahead in case


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    I'd be slightly more positive than others have been - if you got an interview, it would be well worth asking whether this is possible. It's quite likely they'll say no, but equally I suspect most colleges will try to accommodate people where possible. But of course it is a very busy period, and they obviously can't keep moving things around for everybody.
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    (Original post by SkyRees)
    Old comment, but does that mean that for a course like History (Ancient and Modern) that interviews 64% of people, my chances are better where my GCSEs were lower than the average Oxford candidate?
    I don't really understand what you're trying to ask?

    History decides who to interview primarily based on the HAT (70%) and partially based on A* grades at GCSE (30%).

    It doesn't really make sense to compare your chances of getting an interview between different courses, because you're probably a much better candidate for History than you are for Maths or Medicine.
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    I don't really understand what you're trying to ask?

    History decides who to interview primarily based on the HAT (70%) and partially based on A* grades at GCSE (30%).

    It doesn't really make sense to compare your chances of getting an interview between different courses, because you're probably a much better candidate for History than you are for Maths or Medicine.
    Sorry, I was asking if a 64% interview rate meant I had a decent chance assuming I did well in the HAT and had good enough grades.
 
 
 
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