Memorandum from the University of Oxford
Applications from maintained schools for places
to study on courses at the University of Oxford in 2001 have fallen
by two per centdown to 54 per cent from 56 per cent last
year. This fall is against the backdrop of an overall rise in
the number of applicants.
Last year, the percentage of applicants from
the state sector rose from 52 per cent to 56 per cent. Commenting
on the figures, Dr Colin Lucas, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University,
"Despite all our very considerable efforts,
we're disappointed that there is no increase in the number of
applications to Oxford from state school pupils. Indeed the number
as of today has fallen slightly, against an overall rise in applications.
"We felt that we had begun to make real
progress in encouraging more students from the maintained sector
to apply to Oxford. However, we will continue undeterred our efforts
to encourage every bright student, irrespective of background,
to consider applyingand we are grateful for the support
we are receiving from David Blunkett and Peter Lampl's Sutton
Trust for our work in this area."
Recent initiatives to encourage suitably-qualified
state school pupils to consider applying to Oxford include:
The fourth Sutton Trust Summer School
took place in July this year, attended by around 240 potential
state school applicants.
Over 100 teachers from the state
sector attended an in-service training week, in July, a project
also funded by the Sutton Trust.
More than 70 students from inner
city schools and colleges across England were given the chance
to explore life and study at Oxford University at two Summer Schools
hosted by the student-led Oxford Access Scheme in August.
A consortium of seven Oxford colleges,
including Mansfield, Keble, Harris Manchester, Hertford, St Hugh's,
Worcester, and New College staged a conference for principals
from FE Colleges in August. Delegates were given the opportunity
to exchange ideas, and discuss ways of increasing the number of
applications to Oxford from the FE sector.
Two open days for students from Wales
took place over the summer at Glamorgan University and the Cardiff
There have been over 30 college-led
initiatives targeted at both GCSE and A Level pupils, and their
teachers this summer. These included a teach-in at New Vic Sixth
Form College, Newham.
A two-day programme of classes and
social activities for 60 year 10 pupils from schools in Northampton
and Birmingham was held at Christ Church in July.
Trinity College staged a mini Summer
School for a group of 40 pupils and their teachers from state
schools and colleges in County Durham this September.
A new website which includes a virtual
professor, who answers questions online, has been set up by the
Chemistry Department this summer. It can be found at www.chem.ox.ac.uk
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