The Telegraph is reporting that an Oxford college has announced it will increase the number of places by 10 per cent in an effort to widen access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This is the first time an Oxford college will solely take pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds as part of an increase in undergraduate numbers. Students will only be eligible for the extra places if they are expected to achieve the university’s standard conditional offer for the course to which they have applied, if they come from a lower-performing school and if they live in an area of relative socio-economic deprivation, it added.
Students who have been in care for more than three months are also eligible.
University College said the aim of the new scheme was to “ensure that very deserving students of high potential who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, but who might otherwise miss out on a place at Oxford due to the sheer number of applications, have the chance to study here”.
Sir Ivor Crewe, master of University College, said: “In offering new places, we’re not reducing anyone else’s chances of gaining a place at Univ – we’re creating a new opportunity for new students.”
Oxford University has been under particular pressure to accept more minority students after the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, said the elite institution should ramp up efforts to broaden its students’ demographic.
Free to students, the college will provide accommodation and food and a £500 grant to every student who attends.
Do you agree with their decision to increase their intake purely with students that are of ethnic minority or from care? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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