When Elly Nowell, 19, went for an interview at Oxford University's famous Magdalen College, she was not impressed by the experience.
And rather than just inwardly seethe, Elly - who is currently studying history, law and English literature at A-level and is predicted to get A*s in all - decided to make the institution aware of the 'significant flaws' she noted in its education system.
Writing to the college, Elly, from Hampshire, said she found "the obvious gap between minorities and white, middle-class students was embarrassing". She also listed a series of 'guidelines' at the end of her letter, pointing out shortcomings.
The college said it has responded to her missive acknowledging receipt, but did not publicly comment on Elly's individual criticisms, which were:
1. Whilst you may believe your decision to hold interviews in grand formal settings is inspiring, it allows public school applicants to flourish in the environment they are accustomed to and intimidates state school applicants, distorting the true academic potential of both.
2. Whilst you may believe your traditions and rituals are impressive, they reflect badly on your university. As an institution that preaches academic excellence teaching your students to blindly and illogically do whatever they are told reveals significant flaws in your education system. Frankly. I feel humiliated for both you and your students.
3. During my time at Magdalen College the obvious gap between minorities and white middle-class students was embarrassing. Whilst I realise you are trying to address these problems within your university, the gap between elitism and discrimination is a narrow one and one that you still do not appear to have adequately addressed.
4. Perhaps offer a glass of water in your interviews next time. It is rude to torture guests.
Wow! You go girl! What do you think? Agree with Elly or should she have held fire?
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