Oxford University to launch schemes to widen access to disadvantaged students

The free programmes will be for bright but poor pupils who are offered a place to study at the university but struggle to meet the final requirements, or need help making the transition. Huff Post reports.

According to the university, by 2023 one in four undergraduates is set to be from the UK’s most under-represented backgrounds.

The university says the programmes will offer places for up to 250 state school students a year, representing 10% of Oxford’s UK undergraduate intake.

This represents a significant step change for the university, boosting the proportion of students coming to Oxford from under-represented backgrounds from 15% of the current UK intake to 25%.

From the next admissions round it will see the introduction of a study programme for up to 200 students who have applied in the normal way and are on course to gain the required grades, but need additional support to transition successfully from school.

The scheme aims to open up places to students with high academic potential who, owing to their circumstances, are not yet in a position to make a competitive application to the university.

Vice-chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, said: “This is a sea change in Oxford admissions.

“Colleagues from across the university, its colleges and departments have united behind a commitment to accelerate the pace at which we are diversifying our student body and ensuring that every academically exceptional student in the country knows that they have a fair chance of a place at Oxford.”

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