Access Oxbridge founder honoured with Points of Light award by PM

The founder of Access Oxbridge, Joe Seddon, has been recognised by the Prime Minister with the Points of Light Award.

Points of Light was founded by President George H.W. Bush, and has grown into an international organisation aimed at engaging more people in volunteering work to solve serious social issues.

The Prime Minister’s Points of Light award recognises outstanding UK volunteers who make a change in their community. Joe Seddon, a former PPE student, graduated from Mansfield in 2018. Afterwards, he founded Access Oxbridge, which is a free online mentoring service that connects state school students with mentors from Oxbridge.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to Joe, saying, “I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward but allow me to offer my recognition of how Access Oxbridge is giving the most talented young people from underrepresented backgrounds the skills and confidence to win places they deserve at two of our country’s finest, world-leading universities.”

In a statement, Joe said, “I am honoured to receive this award from the Prime Minister on behalf of Access Oxbridge, and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our incredible mentors and inspirational students.”

“Education has the ability to transform lives, and we must continue to work to ensure that those with incredible talent are able to succeed irrespective of background. Every day I wake up with a spring in my step knowing that we have the ability to make a lasting impact on people’s lives, and empower our students to succeed without limit.”

Image credit – Joe Seddon