Elitism

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.

How Do You Get Into Oxbridge?

Madeleine Dodd | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Madeleine Dodd

Here's some advice about getting into the big two that's a little less 'be yourself' and a little more 'prepare like so'. I graduated from Oxford a couple of years ago and while I was there I worked at University open days and for my college as an interviews chaperone. I know the system, and in my next three posts I'll reveal what you need to do to get in.

Sticks and Stones

Caragh Little | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

I used to really like Lucy Mangan. I identified with her tales of a northern childhood and a slightly awkward and eccentric family. Someone even paid me the compliment once of saying that my blog made her wonder whether I was Lucy Mangan's distant cousin. Praise indeed.

PICTURES: Is Rowing Still Elitist?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Rowing has long been considered the sport of privately-educated children and has often been dubbed "elitist" - just look at Trenton Oldfied's disrupti...

Boat Race Swimmer Trenton Oldfield Appears In Court

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK

The swimmer who brought the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt exchanged his wetsuit for more formal attire when he appeared in court today...

Me Thinks They Doth Protest Too Little

Alex Hawley | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Politics
Alex Hawley

There's been a lot said the last few days about Trenton Oldfield's Mid-Thames paddle at the Oxford Cambridge boat race last weekend. Well I say there's been a lot said; really very little has been said, but it's been repeated with slightly different words under a number of different banners.

Anonymous: The New Internet Elite?

Tom DeFraine | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Tech
Tom DeFraine

As Anonymous add Operation Cannabis to their ever growing list of campaigns is it time to unmask the internet vigilantes before they become the elite they're fighting against?

Oxbridge and The Great Lie

Ayaz Manji | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Ayaz Manji

That 'great lie' is Oxbridge's biggest secret. Sure there may be more contact hours or a heavier workload than other universities but that's not what sets them apart. Intelligent, motivated people will continue to do well wherever they find themselves and to pretend that Oxford and Cambridge are the only institutions full of great talent is at best naïve and at worst the product of an appalling kind of prejudice.

Jeremy Hunt's Support For Unpaid Internships Is Deeply Unsettling

Nadia Khomami | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK Politics
Nadia Khomami

With an increasing number of people calling for change, it is an irrefutable fact that Mr Hunt's support for unpaid internships only diminishes attempts at reducing the disparity between elitism and equality. When will these people be called out for the exploitation they so openly support?