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Over 400 students and teachers from more than 50 Scottish schools will converge on the Murrayfield Stadium Conference Centre in Edinburgh today, Friday 27 April 2001, to attend the first Oxford and Cambridge Scottish Conference.

The students will be given the opportunity to meet with admissions staff and learn from current undergraduates about college life. There will also be an opportunity to meet with subject tutors who will be hosting sessions on the degree courses offered by the universities in the sciences, social sciences, and arts. Teachers attending the conference will also be given the opportunity to ask detailed questions about admissions and selection, and to collect information about initiatives run by the universities and colleges specifically for teachers.

Rosemary Butcher, Access/Schools Liaison Officer at the University of Cambridge, who went to school in Galashiels, is particularly concerned that students at schools and colleges in Scotland should not be deterred from applying to either Cambridge or Oxford:

"If a student likes the sound of a course offered they should not think that because they are from a school in Scotland they can't apply. There are no secret rules about getting into Cambridge, and we do not have a hidden agenda. Cambridge is a national university and wants to recruit top students from across the UK. Scottish students are under-represented here, and this conference offers an opportunity for students and teachers from Scottish schools to find out more."

The Oxbridge conferences began in 1997. Last year the first conference to be held in the north of England took place at the Old Trafford football stadium in Manchester. This year conferences in London and Machester have been attended by thousands of young people.

Further information
For further information about admissions to the University of Cambridge, please go to:
www.cam.ac.uk /cambuniv/undergrad/
For further information about admissions to the University of Oxford, please go to:
www.admissions.ox.ac. uk


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