Oxbridge summer schools should be for the disadvantaged, not the wealthiest

Private summer schools, pitched at the sons and daughters of the global elite, offer an Oxbridge experience at eye-watering prices (nearly £10,000 for a four-week programme). Both Oxford and Cambridge universities told me that individual colleges are responsible for their decisions to accept money from private companies which rent their facilities. These colleges already own a combined £21bn in wealth – more than the combined investments of the other 22 Russell Group universities, and enough to pay the tuition fees of every home and international student in the UK with £3bn to spare. The Guardian reports

Instead of pocketing the extra cash, what if these already wealthy colleges used the summer period to offer subsidised facilities to access courses for disadvantaged students instead? 

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