Cambridge University's Access Efforts Dealt Another Blow

Damiano Sogaro | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Damiano Sogaro

Students who know that Oxbridge isn't engaged in a mission to create spend-a-holic graduates with world domination as their goal - which necessarily mean those students either with family who have attended Cambridge, or experienced life at Cambridge through one of the excellent access schemes - will continue to apply. The status quo will endure.

Elitism: The Curse of The British Summer

Grant Feller | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Sport
Grant Feller

When I was growing up I wanted to be the American tennis champion Jimmy Connors. To be honest, I wanted to be sweary, stroppy, petulant John McEnroe (which I kind of was anyway) but my mum preferred his more charming, coiffured rival so Jimmy it was.

Journalism Is Becoming the Preserve of the Elite

Harrison Jones | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Harrison Jones

In Tory Britain, the fact that I missed out on a scholarship - and consequently the chance to take a postgraduate degree in newspaper journalism - will hardly be tragedy of the decade. Yet it does illustrate a very troubling point: journalism is increasingly becoming the preserve of the elite.

Reflections on a Trinity of Referenda

David Browne | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

With the 'Trinity of Referenda' now over in Oxford, it is worth considering what the two campaigns, and the results, ultimately showed about the Oxford student politics.

Why We Should Save Subfusc in Oxford

David Browne | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The idea that this is simply making subfusc optional rather than a de facto abolition is to miss the point somewhat.

Fraternities and Sororities are Sexist and Backwards; Our Universities Must Resist Them

Gareth Evans | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Evans

The very nature of the Greek system is divisive, backwards and insular. It is a breeding ground for misogynistic thinking and behaviour.

People Like Us Wouldn't Get a Chance Today

Paul Clayton | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

For many it's been a struggle to get there. Young actors emerge from their training weighed down by debt, and - given that less than 2% of actors earn over £20,000 a year from their acting - many leave the profession in the first 5 to 10 years, to seek financial security, dignity, and some quality of life.

The People's Politics - Why It's Time Voters Are Really Represented In Parliament

Becky Hopper | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Politics
Becky Hopper

Perhaps we ought to start looking into The Green Party, or even The Animal Welfare Party, or rather than protest voting for the far right, protest vote by destroying our voting slips? Surely anything is better than voting for a party who're no better than the BNP?

Liberal Tyranny Over the Working Class - From Catcalling to Dapper Laughs

Mahmood Naji | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

The liberal elite's hegemony over the public discourse is longstanding and indeed we have seen this exact kind of thing before. The media's response to the likes of UKIP and the English Defence League (EDL), both movements with great appeal among the working class, has been to silence, ridicule, and marginalise them.

They Despise You - And Sometimes They Don't Bother to Hide It

Steven Woolfe | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

The political class in this country are not in it to serve you. They are not in it to give back to their country. They are not in it to improve life for the ordinary hardworking people of this country. No. They believe that they have a right to rule, and they think that anything they do to stay in power is alright.

Louise Ridley

A Staggering Amount Of The Cabinet Went To Oxbridge

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

The UK is a "deeply" elitist society, with the top jobs overwhelmingly held by people educated at private schools and Oxbridge, according to new resea...

Expensive Uni Books Can Cost Degrees

Charlotte Mason | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Mason

How universities can expect Arts students, for example, to pay £9,000 for a reading-based degree with the essential ingredients not included, I don't know... Expensive reading lists are an irritating, tiresome and unnecessary addition to the financial burden already placed on students, and it makes the annual £9,000 tuition fee seem even more of a rip-off than we originally thought.

How to Keep Oxbridge Elitist - Just Keep Repeating Those Stories

Alison Walsh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alison Walsh

If we're honest, we in Britain are still obsessed by our class system, and haunted by the idea that there are certain 'privileges' to which we are either born 'entitled' or not. But what we don't seem to realise is how self-defeating this is.

Is There a Hidden Agenda Behind Jesse Norman's Dismissal?

Josh Zitser | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Josh Zitser

Downing Street has confirmed that Conservative MP, Jesse Norman, will leave its policy board after abstaining in last week's vote on Syria. The decision to fire the influential Tory is being attributed to the necessity of retaining party discipline and highlighting the fact that three-line whips are to be treated with the utmost respect. However, this sudden dismissal begs many questions...

My Financial Estrangement at a Top University

Harriet Williamson | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

In my first year, I was informed by a tutor that students who had attended independent schools were more likely to be 'confident' and 'well-prepared' than those who had received a state education, and that this would help propel them through their degrees.

Oxbridge: Teachers Are Unambitious (Apparently)

Bansi Kara | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

Many moons ago, when I was a student, there was a real sense of expectation around students who achieved those elusive top grades at A-Level. If you didn't think it was for you, you were still pushed to place an application to Oxford or Cambridge, especially if, like me, you were more a minority ethnic background.

The Presence of Social Elitism in English Boarding Schools

Jacob Fritz | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Fritz

The problem is that there is a dark side to the British boarding school system, which is nothing like the homo-erotic hazing and initiation of the 20th Century that everyone associates with boarding life.

Oxbridge Entry and the Power of the Market

Tim Whitmarsh | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Whitmarsh

The latest episode in the long-running series of Oxbridge admissions 'scandals' is one of the more dramatic ones.

Cultural Variety Is the Spice of Life

Michael Volpe | Posted 18.03.2013 | Home
Michael Volpe

Overwhelmingly I find that cultural silos exist more outside of the classical or operatic field. The charge of cultural elitism against people who love the classical arts is deeply ironic when I think of the many I speak to who partake of little more than Robbie Williams and X Factor.

'Are We Better Off Choosing Candidates Blindfolded?'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An Oxbridge tutor has suggested future candidates would be better chosen by "putting their names in a bowl" and picking them blindfolded rather than t...

St Andrews Students Shamed Into Apologising Over 'Champagning' Stunt

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students at St Andrews' University have been shamed into apologising for dousing themselves in what appears to be champagne in order to flaunt their w...

Champagning: Don't Tar Us All With the Same Brush

Melissa Steel | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Steel

I would like to take this opportunity to give you an insight into what it is really like to live in St Andrews, from one non-champagne-chucking pleb to another.

Elite Ex-Pupils 'Dominate Top Jobs'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than 10% of the best UK high-flyers were educated at a handful of prestigious private schools, new research suggests. It also reveals that a d...

How Oldfield and the Press Perpetuate Oxbridge Elitism

Ben Deaner | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Deaner

This media obsession with Oxford and Cambridge... creates an atmosphere of misplaced arrogance and grandeur within those institutions, it fuels the perception that we are ruled by an elite, impenetrable, Oxbridge club, and worst of all it intimidates poorer students away from applying to what are seen as alien institutions that only lets in posh kids.

Is It Easier to Get into Oxbridge From a State School than a Public School?

Madeleine Dodd | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Madeleine Dodd

What seems obvious to people who went to a school where the closest thing to a tuck shop was the Chicken Spot over the road, is not what they believe over at Britain's top schools. Ask most Wickamists, Etonians or Salopians* and they'll tell you that getting into Oxbridge from a state school is easier than looting trainers in a riot.