Teaching Tours and Visits to Schools

Jane Austen Study Day –  Isle of Wight

This will be an afternoon of study focussing on the writing of Jane Austen, on either the 6th or 7th of April depending on the preference of the school. There will be short talks about her life in Hampshire and her connection with the Isle of Wight, and also about her very funny early writings which we’ll be able to discuss together in smaller groups. These discussion groups will be the main focus of the afternoon. Teachers can sign up to host this event using the form below.

Students will have the opportunity to read together and talk about extracts from Austen’s fiction. There is no need to have any prior knowledge of Austen’s writing and no reading in advance of the study day is required. But those who are interested might have a glance through the following freely-available website of Jane Austen’s manuscripts:


You will find Austen’s teenage notebooks, ‘volume the first’ to ‘volume the third’, under ‘manuscripts’ and then ‘juvenilia’. Have a look at Austen’s brilliantly accelerated ‘The History of England’ in ‘volume the second’ (pages 153-186), with its illustrations by her sister Cassandra.

Teaching Tours

We’ll be running two Teaching Tours this year, visiting schools in Hampshire, Berkshire and Isle of Wight.  The first will run from the 4th to the 6th of April and the second will run from the 10th to the 13th of July.

Teachers can sign their students up to the Teaching Tour using the form below.

The idea of the tour is for Trinity fellows and PhD students to accompany undergraduates and the schools liaison officers, in order to offer teaching sessions across different subjects in addition to the usual admissions talk. These sessions should be excellent preparation for Year 12s writing personal statements, and would give all students a taste of university-style teaching. We can offer lectures to all year groups, preferably Year 10 and up, and we’re also proud to offer sample supervisions for your Year 12 students. The supervisions can be complex to organise, and so it’s useful for us to collect information on students subject preferences in advance, which we’ll be doing this year via a short form that we’ll ask you to send out to students.

Teaching Tour Supervisions

Supervisions are a central way of teaching at Cambridge University, as well as at Oxford University where they are called tutorials. They are done in very small groups of around two or three, or sometimes one to one with a supervisor, and offer the opportunity to study a subject in depth through discussion and debate. The mock supervision held at schools and colleges will therefore give an insight into what studying at Oxford or Cambridge might be like, and offer the chance to work through questions with an academic. Oxford and Cambridge interviews are modelled on supervisions, which means that the mock supervisions are excellent preparation for interview, as they involve discussing a subject with a new person. Whereas in actual supervisions there is work to be completed in advance, for these mock supervisions there is no preparation required and they will be carried out in a relaxed and informal way.

General School Visits

If your school or college is not in the correct area or not available at the right time to take part in one of the Teaching Tours, teachers can use the form below to request a general school visit from the Trinity Schools Liaison Officer. We are happy to visit schools across the UK, though your primary point of contact can be found via the Area Links Scheme: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/colleges/area-links