Oxford wants the best students, from every kind of background.
The University is committed to ensuring that our undergraduate admissions processes identify students with outstanding academic potential and the ability to benefit from an Oxford course whatever their background, as outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan.
Oxford’s commitment to outreach can be seen in the outputs: each year the collegiate University delivers more than 3,000 outreach events with 72% of all UK schools with a sixth form. We spend more than £5.6m on outreach work and a further £7m on financial support for students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.
We recognise that some groups of students will require different types of support when preparing to apply to Oxford, and our programme of UK and international outreach work reflects this. We are also aware of the important role that teachers, advisers and parents play in encouraging and supporting students, and we provide guidance for them in the form of information and events.
Our outreach strategy includes
- provision of information for students and their advisers;
- delivery of activities such as summer schools, teacher conferences and student conferences;
- a link college for every school in the UK as a first point of contact for visits to Oxford or from outreach staff (Scottish schools are linked to a University team of outreach staff);
- admissions policies which ensure candidates from all backgrounds are assessed fairly, for example in our use of contextual data and Common Framework for Admissions.
We are committed to continual evaluation of our outreach strategy to ensure that activities are having the desired impact on our student intake. We have set ourselves a number of targets in relation to this through our Access Agreement with the Office for Fair Access.