Oxford University will offer places with lower grades to students from disadvantaged backgrounds for the first time in its 900 year history.
The radical scheme marks a “sea change” in the university’s admissions process. However it comes amid criticism from middle-class Oxford rejects and headteachers that private school students are being “squeezed out” by the University’s current diversity drive.
From 2020, 250 state-school students will receive free tuition and accommodation as part of a multi-million-pound recruitment bid for disadvantaged students.
However 50 students in the new intake – who will include refugees and young carers – will be eligible to receive offers “made on the basis of lower contextual A-level grades, rather than the university’s standard offers”.
Umm, isn’t it colleges who let people in? And offers have always been made upon more than just grades.
How else did the daughter of the Observer’s literary critic get in?