OxNet at Southmoor Academy


OxNet is a national access and outreach initiative spearheaded by Oxford and Durham universities as part of their commitment to widening participation amongst groups under-represented in higher education. Southmoor Academy is proud to be the host for the first OxNet hub in the North-East. Outreach programmes run by OxNet will be open to all eligible schools and pupils in the Sunderland and Washington area.



The first of these programmes, to be launched in November, is an intensive academic course, ‘The Ordered Universe’, which branches off from an international research project spanning the Humanities and STEM, involving the Universities of Oxford, Durham, and several others. This year-long extra-curricular course for Year 12 pupils, modelled on existing OxNet courses which have successfully run in other parts of the country, will give participants a chance to engage with academics conducting world-leading research, culminating in a week-long residential Summer School at the University of Oxford. A pilot ‘Ordered Universe’ Summer School which ran this August proved hugely successful, and we hope to build on this in the North East. Two of Southmoor students, Jessica Taylor and Callum Sawyers, won special prizes for their academic performance during the summer school.


You can find out more about what is happening with OxNet on our hub page