Oxford in charm offensive aimed at FE colleges
Wednesday 10 November 1999
Senior academics believe they may be missing the chance to recruit thousands of bright teenagers, often from working-class backgrounds, because they do not consider Oxbridge as an option.
Under the scheme, being pioneered by Mansfield College, the university will run open days for FE students and will offer special induction courses for those who win a place. Academics are also hoping to appoint a full-time admissions officer to work with FE colleges across the country.
Professor David Marquand, principal of Mansfield, the university's newest college, said: "What we are trying to do is to set up the equivalent of the links of relationships that have existed in many cases between famous public schools and ancient Oxbridge colleges."
Applicants invited for interview will be offered an increased chance by being interviewed at two colleges, not just one. Academics will announce the consortium's make-up this month. A five-year pilot is expected to start next year.
The scheme will be aimed at students from general further education colleges, rather than specialist sixth form colleges, which already have a good record at securing Oxbridge entries. Admissions statistics show that while general FE colleges taught 140,300 A-level students last year, just 400 applied to Oxford and only about 100 won a place.
Professor Marquand said: "We will not favour FE students, but we do want them to apply.
"We will be in the business of making the assumption that there is a pool of talented, quite high A-level achievers. We are gambling on there [being] very bright people out there from backgrounds not associated with Oxbridge."
He indicated that admissions tutors may be able to stray from the requirement of three A grades.
"There's nothing to stop a teacher saying, `I like this guy, he's really bright and we are prepared to take a risk'."
Swedish stars ask fans for £195 pledges on crowd-funding website
voicesJust when you thought you could find a man, get married, and have a baby by the age of 35... it turns out you’re too late, says Grace Dent
sportNapoli 2 Arsenal 0: Gunners must now face either Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona in knock-out stages
musicAs Mariah Carey and Noddy Holder rake in the royalties from their classics, why there hasn't been a decent festive hit for 20 years?
theatreAuthor Daniel Rosenthal recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg
filmFilm producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films
lifeAs the Royal Mail plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels, it's no wonder posties are in a spin
musicThe 21-year-old beat Ella Eyre and Chlöe Howl to win the honour
lifeFull of the joys and want to help your fellow man? December isn't the time to do it
techLuke Blackall reports on precision engineered prams and babygros that monitor your child 24-7
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 4 Exeter to Edinburgh and back in a day: How one fresher's lost bet left him facing a 900-mile round trip
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial
- < Previous
- Next >
£77099.84 - £96375.26 per annum + Bonus + Benefits : Harrington Starr: My clie...
£45000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus and Package: Harrington Starr: Trading appli...
£35000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Developer (Win...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Senior QA Engineer Tes...