Oxford Summer Courses


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Winners Of

  • 2020 International Trade

UK education provider raises the bar in international education sector Oxford Summer Courses, a growing education provider founded by two Oxford graduates, has won a Queen’s Awards for outstanding achievement in the International Trade category. The award recognises the commercial success of the company in international trade as well as its commitment to corporate social responsibility. The Oxford-based firm has grown rapidly since it was founded by Harry Hortyn and his school friend Robert Phipps, offering holiday-time courses for nine to 24-year-olds in the colleges of the UK’s top universities.
Now part of the Bridgemark Education Group, Oxford Summer Courses has earned the reputation of being one of the fastest growing privately-owned education companies in the UK. For the past few years, its courses have attracted students from across the world who want to experience the education and teaching traditions of globally renowned universities like Oxford, Cambridge and Stanford in the USA.
Co-founder and CEO of Bridgemark Education, Harry Hortyn, thinks those the company employs to organise and deliver its courses helped it clinch the honour. “We’re immensely proud to join the impressive roster of past Queen’s Award winners,” he said. “We dedicate this achievement to our indefatigable team whose passion for education and commitment to quality is the foundation of our success.”
Mr Hortyn went on to explain: “Our focus has always been on delivering the authentic Oxbridge learning experience that inspires our students to develop a true love of their subject and we will continue to do that. The award comes at an important time for us as we are launching a series of online courses to open up exceptional education to every knowledge hungry student, when travel is not possible.”
The company’s residential courses have taken place in some of the UK’s most picturesque locations, as well as in India, Singapore and the USA. Newer product initiatives include Melio, an online platform that affords the same experience of learning with an Oxbridge tutor online in subjects including business and entrepreneurship, law, medicine and computer science. Another new offering is O-Labs, which provides immersive STEM courses in AI, computer programming, filmmaking and music production at Imperial College London.
Rob Phipps, co-founder and CEO of Bridgemark Education, commented: “British education continues to be sought after across the world. The expansion of our online courses will enable us to give more students the experience of learning with some of our higher education sector’s leading subject specialists, wherever they happen to be.”
Harry Hortyn and Robert Phipps have also established a charity, Universify Education, to increase the numbers of students from more diverse backgrounds attending highly selective universities. The organisation runs a year-long programme for 15- and 16-year-olds, which includes mentoring and residential stays at a top university over the summer. The coaching and activities are designed to give young people the chance to see what it’s like to be a university student at a learning institution like Oxford, with the aim of encouraging them to consider applying when they leave school. Harry Hortyn concludes: “Our mission is to open up access to exceptional education. We believe that transformative learning experiences should not be the preserve of a lucky few.”
For more information visit www. bridgemarkeducation.com.