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Oxford tutors make video diaries of admission process

Helen Swift, tutor in Medieval French at St Hilda's College
Image caption Helen Swift, tutor in Medieval French at St Hilda's College, is making a video diary

Prospective Oxford University students are been given a unique insight into the application process in a series of online videos.

For the first time admissions tutors are keeping video diaries during the assesment period.

Around 10,000 shortlisted students will be attending interviews in Oxford over the next two weeks.

The videos will give a tutor's-eye view of the Oxford admissions process as it happens.

The videos are being released on the university's news, YouTube and admissions websites.

'All consuming'

Director of undergraduate admissions Mike Nicholson said: "We want to be as open and transparent about the process as possible, and show prospective applicants what it's like for those making decisions about who to admit."

In the first video Helen Swift, tutor in Medieval French at St Hilda's College, said that the admissions period was "fairly all consuming".

She added: "There comes a point just after the end of term were you basically surrender everything else in your life and give yourself over to admissions."

New videos are expected to go live every few days as the interview and selection process itself unfolds.

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