Leading article: Model university

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The £2,000 scholarships being offered by Oxford Brookes University to all students with three A grades at A-level is a sign of that institution's strength in the marketplace. Such scholarships are not that unusual. Exeter, for example, has 10 awards of £5,000 to students who attain three As. Sussex gives scholarships to students in certain subjects who excel at A-level. What is impressive about Oxford Brookes is the way it is promoting its scholarships via the broadcaster Jon Snow, its chancellor. All students from Oxfordshire wanting to study at the university will be eligible for awards of £1,000 a year. Oxford Brookes is a model for the new university sector.