The members of staff pictured above assist the pupils and their parents with the university application process including international applications.
From left to right:
Mr Michael Triff – Head of Career Guidance & co-ordinator of non-UK university applications. Students attend workshops on interview skills and negotiation, can receive one-to-one guidance, and benefit from outstanding interaction with Old Abingdonians from a variety of career areas. In addition, specialist advice about the complexities of applying to non-UK universities is given alongside logistical support.
Mrs Jen Hoddinott – Assistant Upper Master (Universities). Advises on all aspects of university entrance, responsible for the administration of students’ applications and finalises all references.
Mr Nick O’Doherty – Upper Master.
Mrs Sarah Gibbard – University Applications Assistant. Advises on all aspects of university entrance, responsible for the administration of students’ applications and finalises all references.
Mr Richard Taylor – Assistant Upper Master (Progression). Students intending to apply to the most competitive universities will undertake preparation and familiarisation programmes which extend beyond their individual academic departments. Orientation visits, Critical Thinking lessons, Pre-Interview Assessment preparation and submitted work will all be required to enhance a competitive application. Many students need additional support in managing their working lives both at home and at school (particularly in their study periods). A structured programme for the latter aims to manage the transition from the close supervision of the fifth year to the opposite end of the scale at university.
Mr Ben Whitworth (not pictured) – i/c medical, veterinary & dentistry applications. Course and work experience advice, preparation for UKCAT & BMAT, and Multiple Mini Interviews are dealt with in a bespoke fashion.