So, Oxford is accused of social engineering:
Students who apply to Oxford University will have the postcode of their family home taken into account during the selection process, The Observer can reveal.
In a controversial move, which critics say amounts to \’social engineering\’, academics will identify those applicants who live in deprived, middle-income or more affluent neighbourhoods. Those living in poorer areas will stand a better chance of being selected for interview.
The aim of the scheme, which will be implemented later this year, is to help pick out pupils who have achieved top grades despite growing up in areas where aspirations are low and few people consider university an option.
The complaint is further that Oxford should be selecting purely upon intellectual ability rather than background.
Whichis a little odd, for someone who grew up in, say, one of those appalling estates in East Glasgow, with whatever it is, 130% unemployment and the entire population flossing with heroin every morning, and then gets straight As at A level can be said to have displayed really rather a lot of intellectual ability, certainly more than someone with the same exam results who has had the good fortune to be hothoused through Eton.
I would look at this as not so much social engineering as an attempt to find out who really does have that intellectual ability.