The announcement was made keeping in mind the ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oxford University has announced that they are going to take admission interviews for courses starting in 2021, online. This is the first time in the history of Oxford University that the interviews are going to happen screen-to-screen instead of face-to-face, on video conference “on public health grounds”.
The announcement came a day ahead of the first-ever virtual open days held by the university on the 1st and 2nd of July with all colleges and departments hosting virtual tours and talks. The announcement was made keeping in mind the ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier, around 10,000 applicants used to come for two weeks around Christmas and stayed in Oxford’s colleges for their interviews. A Oxford University spokesperson said that the future is so uncertain that they may change the dates of the interview this year and push it back to after Christmas.
Academics will be using video-conferencing software to assess the applicants as the traditional process has been suspended. Until now, online interviews have been conducted for the students who were unable to travel to the university.
The university will provide the extra support for some students and they are confident that “this move will allow us to continue to recruit talented students from all backgrounds” added the spokesperson as he thinks that “interviews are a key part of forming a nuanced understanding of a student’s potential to flourish at Oxford.”
The university has asked applicants to visit the website regularly to get to know any updates. Further information on the procedure of the online admission interview will be shared by the university soon.
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