The University of Oxford has made a positive move with regards to admissions at the university. It has plans to give a quarter of seats to the students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. However, they plan to implement this act by 2023. This action is seen as a consequence to tackle the accusation that it is socially exclusive.
Reports suggest, Oxford will announce that 60.5% of its most recent intake of students are from state schools, this has been the highest after 1970s. The vice chancellor of the University reported to accelerate the pace at which the university is diversifying. Along with other top universities, Oxford has faced claims of perpetuating privilege – with too many privately educated students with not enough room for students from under-privileged backgrounds. Universities like Oxford and Cambridge recruit more students from eight, most-private schools than almost 3,000 other UK state schools put together.
Labor MP David Lammy has criticized the University for admitting the lesser number of black students. The university wants to send out a strong message that it still remains very competitive in securing a place for students based on the ability rather than the background.
The vice chancellor of Oxford wants to ensure that every academically exceptional student in the country knows that he/she has a fair chance of getting an admission at the Oxford. She has been supported by the head of the Sutton Trust, Sir Peter Lampl, who described the scale of the Oxford’s target as “really impressive”. According to the current situation, 15% of the Oxford students come from deprived areas but over the course of the next four years, the university wants to scale up this margin by 25%.
200 high-achieving disadvantaged students each year will have places through an access scheme. These students will be identified during the admission process and will be given extra support before beginning their degree courses.