Interviewing Joe Seddon: Mansfield College graduate and CEO and founder of non-profit startup Access Oxbridge

Image Credit: Joe Seddon Joe Seddon is the founder and CEO of Access Oxbridge. He graduated from Mansfield College, Oxford in July 2018 with a First-Class Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) but he comes from Morley, Yorkshire, where most of the schools are disadvantaged. The admissions statistics show that Mansfield offers 88% of […]

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Oxford University releases its first annual admissions report

Oxford’s first ever Annual Admissions Statistical Report has shed light on widespread underrepresentation amongst its student body. The report, published on Wednesday, details Oxford admissions statistics over a five-year period from 2013 to 2017. Data is examined with regard to several areas: overall numbers, domicile, nation and region, disadvantage, school type, gender, ethnicity and disability. […]

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Moving the dialogue surrounding Oxbridge BME students beyond Lammy’s ‘social apartheid’ narrative

“Social apartheid”, “fiefdoms of privilege”, “centuries of entrenched privilege” – such are the damning, yet also all too familiar, condemnatory remarks recently aimed at Oxford and Cambridge by MP David Lammy. According to Lammy: “Only one in four Cambridge colleges made offers to black British students in every year between 2010 and 2015 […] And each year […]

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Is there really “social apartheid” in Oxford admissions? – Implications of data uncovered by David Lammy

Ever feel like everyone at Oxford is from London? Or at least say they’re from London so as not to confuse clueless northerners with alien territories such as ‘High Wycombe’, ‘Crawley’, or the most fabled of them all – ‘Guildford’. Well, truth is, that’s because they kind of are. Taking the almost unanimously stretched definition of ‘London’ as meaning all of Greater London and the Southeast, […]

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Oxford University reports lowest state admissions figures in Russell Group

55.7% of Oxford University’s 2015/16 undergraduate admissions were from state schools or colleges, new statistics show. This leaves the University with the 4th lowest state admissions figures in the country, behind only specialist institutions the Royal Agricultural University, the Royal Academy of Music and the Courtauld Institute of Art. It also represents a 2% decrease compared […]

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Oxford receives more applications than Cambridge again

Oxford has continued to receive more undergraduate applicants than Cambridge this year, 15% more than its long time rival. Although some have attributed this to Oxford’s attempts to improve student access from less privileged backgrounds others have also cited Cambridge’s tougher A-level grade requirements. Record numbers of teenagers have applied to both institutions this year, […]

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