Oxbridge warms to the North

19th May 2000 at 01:00
OXFORD and Cambridge universities targeted two under-represented groups this week: northeners and students from further education colleges.

One thousand sixth-formers from the north of England, Wales and Scotland travelled to Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, to attend a conference aimed at breaking the southern stranglehold. Only 3 per cent of Cambridge students and 1.9 per cent at Oxford come from the North.

Susan Stobbs, Cambridge head of admissions, told the conference tht colleges had organised hardship funds to help students in financial difficulties. "We don't want potential applicants... to miss out on a fantastic experience," she said.

A group of Oxford colleges have announced a drive to recruit FE leavers, who make up only 4 per cent of students. They will target 30-40 colleges to attract working-class and mature applicants. A recruitment officer will visit the colleges to try to persuade their brightest to apply.

see FE Focus, III


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a TES/ TESS subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
 
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today