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September 24, 2020 Thursday 04:20:39 PM IST

Record state school admissions at Oxford

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Oxford University has announced record state school admissions for the forthcoming 2020-21 academic year. More than 68.4% (1,899) of new undergraduates arriving for Michaelmas term in October, will be from state schools – an increase of more than 6 percentage points on last year’s admissions 62.3% (1,557) and the highest level to date. The news comes despite the significant challenges of the educational disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent A-level results upheaval. After A-level results were initially released, the University and colleges worked hard to support applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds, who disproportionately received grades below their offers, and accepted more than 300 state school students who had missed their grades under the  Ofqual algorithm. Once the Government changed the grading policy, most of these students then met their offers, while an additional 79 state school students also met their offers and were accepted.
In addition to the advance on state-school admissions, this year’s undergraduate intake shows progress on the University’s long-standing commitment to address educational inequality. The ratio between students coming to Oxford from the parts of the UK most and least likely to progress to higher education has closed, from 10.8:1 in 2019 to 7.7:1 in 2020.  The gap between students from the most and least socio-economically advantaged areas has also closed, from 4.3:1 in 2019 to 2.9:1 in 2020.
Opportunity Oxford, combined with the Foundation Oxford scheme to be rolled out next year and collegiate University outreach initiatives, is a key part of Oxford’s aim that one in four of incoming British undergraduates should be from under-represented groups by 2023.

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