Student activities

The 2012 Oxford Cambridge Exchange

The Oxford Cambridge exchange is an annual even that usually takes place during the summer term. Typically there will be a lecture by a senior academic from either department, workshops and student presentations. Despite its serious content, however, the exchange always has a relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great opportunity for students from both departments to network and discuss ideas.

This year it was Oxford’s turn to host which meant that we got to avoid the rather unpleasant, 3.5 hour bus journey! In spite of the long travelling times a good number of students from Cambridge attended the exchange with a total of 45 students attending. Professor Pam Sammons gave a welcome lecture on quality and rigour in educational research, which was found very engaging and useful by the audience. We then had an academic speed-dating session which forced the students to explain their work to others in a clear and concise manner. It also helped to identify people with similar research interests and quite a few contact details were exchanged during that time!

After a tasty lunch we held a workshop where the students were placed into groups based on research-approach and helped each other think about ways to improve the weaker (as well as the stronger) elements of their research. The event was concluded by three very interesting student-presentations which provided a platform for some (heated) individual discussions after.

This year’s exchange was a great success and we’re looking forward to visiting Cambridge next year.

Download Professor Sammons’ presentation here