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Oxbridge offers

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Skeoch, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

  2. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

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  3. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

    The best student I ever taught, possibly by a factor of 10, was declined by Cambridge. He was provincial. His interview if talking about philosophical things might not have been up with the ones who practice these things, if it had turned to maths and science, he would have wiped the floor with the Camerons of this world.
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  4. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    I hadn't realised it was selective. Not quite as impressive as I'd first supposed - if you only take in students with Oxbridge potential it's not that surprising when they get Oxbridge offers. Still - at least it is bringing a bit more diversity to those institutions which must be a good thing.
  5. miss_singmarbles

    miss_singmarbles New commenter

    What was he applying for then? If he applied for maths or science then the interview would have been based on maths or science. Sounds like a fair bit of speculation to me, plenty of "provincial" students do get offers.
  6. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Indeed they do. They even let me in!
  7. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

    It was maths he applied for.
  8. BetterNow

    BetterNow Occasional commenter

    The cynic in me would be less cynical had the students not been all from the same school.... If the amount of applicants from state schools had increased across the board. However, it all smacks of great publicity. I don’t know. I should be over the moon really having seen great students fail to get in, but yesterday I was raising an eyebrow.
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  9. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    To me, I can't help but imagine that this was some sort of negotiation... hey Oxbridge we can fill your quotas of ethnic minorities / disadvantaged students from our chain if you take X number of additional students. This means you don't have to trawl through all those other state school applications in a time consuming (fair) way and it makes us look good.
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  10. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Worth remembering that both Oxford & Cambridge are made up for separate colleges, and whilst they obviously liaise to make sure its (relatively) straightforward to apply, any applicant can only get a place at the University if a college accepts them.

    The 'University' per se organises lectures, exams etc but not admissions. So your idea would only work if 20+ colleges at each University went along with that...which I can't see.
  11. dodie102

    dodie102 Occasional commenter

    Very selective Large Sixth Form, much better funded, motivated students who want to be there and will travel over an hour to get there. My school could only dream of being able to fund staffing to be open between 06.00 and 19.30 for students.

    I do think some of us teaching in more rural schools get the proverbial 'crumbs' when it comes to funding and that rural deprivation is underrepresented in the media - and by that I certainly don't mean that London students shouldn't get that funding - of course they should.

    This isn't quite the amazing story that it seems though it is obviously great news for a more diverse intake and those hardworking students.
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  12. dodie102

    dodie102 Occasional commenter

    "The school buys every student their own textbooks to encourage independent study, he says.

    It does not rely on supply teachers and has an in-house team of five Oxbridge graduates solely dedicated to university access.

    The school also has a study centre open from 06:00 until 19:30." From the BBC article.

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