UNIQ is Oxford University’s free summer residential programme for Year 12 students currently studying at UK state schools and for the second year running, the Law Faculty hosted 60 UNIQ students. There were two groups of students and each followed a week-long academic course designed and taught by some of the Faculty’s lecturers and tutors; this aimed to give an insight into studying law at Oxford and included lectures on criminal and Roman law, self defence, sentencing and jurisprudence. In addition, the students visited Oxford Crown Court, participated in a practice moot, and met with current Oxford Law undergraduates.
One of the highlights of each week was a day-trip to London to offer the students an inside view of an International Law Firm (Hogan Lovells hosted the students in the first week and Allen & Overy in the second). To ensure the students got a taste of all aspects of the Oxford student experience, there were also a variety of extracurricular activities, including salsa dancing, films, theatre, ju-jitsu and volleyball.
The programme was well received by the students and seems to have been a useful experience for them; as one observed,
“Without studying law at A level, I was apprehensive about being able to understand the lectures. But the lecturers, mentors and staff were extremely friendly and made everything easy to understand. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and thoroughly enjoyed it.”