Welcome to Staircase12, University College Oxford's online hub of resources for students aiming high at school and thinking about applying to top universities. You'll find plenty of resources to help you develop your interests, book reviews from current undergrads to help you 'read around' your subject, ideas for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus (now an essential for entry to highly selective universities) and some stuff about student life at Univ for good measure.


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Why not keep up with the currently chaotic British politics each week with the BBC's Week in Westminster programme: https://t.co/vlkh846WWj
1 day 12 hours ago
A long list of book recommendations from . Even if 42 is too many to read this summer why not try 2 or 3! https://t.co/ebP6HZTkgv
2 days 9 hours ago
Find new books this summer - have a great reading list for Yr 9-10s students interested in English: https://t.co/BeHyqyzwyR
2 days 11 hours ago

Oxford and Cambridge are so similar that they are often talked about in the same sentence. Here's a joint outreach website from both Universities with resources and events...


Check out this page for all the courses Oxford offers at Undergraduate level. Some of them may surprise you!

Scrambled Eggs podcasts to listen to over breakfast from Balliol College

Scrambled Eggs is a series of podcasts to help Year 11-12 students explore subjects and help them choose what they'd like to study at University. 10-15 minute discussion with...

Balliol College Year 10-11 reading list suggestions

An English tutor at Balliol College in Oxford has made a list jam-packed with reading suggestions for aspiring English students. There's a huge variety of fantastic books...

Myths from Mesopotamia

A collection of stories which offer wonderful insights into Mesopotamian religious belief (Mesopotamia is an area today roughly embodied by the modern country of Iraq). A must...

Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes book review

In 1878, at the start of his literary career, Robert Louis Stevenson (of Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde fame) make a trip through the Cévennes mountains in south-...