Access at Oxford

The opinions in this article relate to the personal experience of the author Oxford has always had a reputation for being inaccessible and elitist. From societies like the Bullingdon Club to the trope of the Tory PPE student, this reputation is not entirely unfounded. And coming from a public school like Westminster, I was ashamed […]

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Student Spotlight: Ibz Mo

At the start of term, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ibrahim Mohammed, better known as Ibz Mo, for our ‘Student Spotlight’ series. Educational Influencer, YouTuber, Cambridge graduate, lawyer in the making, and now Oxford postgrad, Ibz’s resume is undeniably impressive. However, what really marks him out is his inspiring story and character. Anyone who […]

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University congregation votes to abolish graduate application fee

The University Congregation has voted to abolish the Graduate Application Fee by 419-380 votes. The £75 application fee, which had been criticised as undermining access and diversity efforts by discriminating against those from low-income backgrounds, will be phased out by 2024-25. The vote was on the resolution: ‘To commit the University to the abolition of […]

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In Conversation: That Oxford Girl and its Student Ambassadors

Tilly Rose, the founder of That Oxford Girl, provides free resources for upcoming and current students at the University of Oxford through her blog, social media and her book, which we talked about in a 2019 interview: https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2019/05/07/that-oxford-girl-tilly-rose-on-access-at-oxford-and-her-new-book/. We chat to Tilly again about what has changed since the publication of her book. Tilly also […]

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Debate: positive discrimination prevents meritocracy

Image description: Magdalen College Improving access to students from  more disadvantaged backgrounds has rightly become the  priority for Oxbridge admissions. After all, no young person should be discriminated against “on the basis of the class they were born into”. The upper echelons of higher education should be open to all inspiring, budding young intellectuals and […]

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Annual access report released: ‘the pace is slow, but the trajectory is clear’

London and South East are still the areas with the highest level of Oxford admissions Computer Science admitted the highest percentage of state school students with Classics coming out the lowest Mansfield admitted more state school students and students from economically disadvantaged areas than any other college 9.8% of women in Computer Science while 79.3% […]

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Oxford University introduces new Positive Action Targeted Studentships to AHRC doctoral training programme

Oxford University’s world-renowned Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) have been awarded 11 PhD studentships through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) programme. The  Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) offer cultural and heritage institutions the opportunity of hosting doctoral researchers based at UK universities. The scheme […]

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Having a Ball? Not everyone is.

Image description: Students at Keble College ball in 2008. An Oxford ball epitomises the stereotypical ‘Oxford’ experience- lavish and luxurious, these ‘unforgettable’ nights are a somewhat of a rite of passage and are a central part of many student’s social calendars. With names that sound like Apprentice teams, balls come in all different shapes and […]

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