Let's Not Turn Oxbridge Into a Comprehensive

Judith Vonberg | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Judith Vonberg

As an Oxford graduate educated in a comprehensive school, I am dismayed at the idea of abandoning the selection criteria at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Academic standards would deteriorate and academically minded students would be denied the chance to aspire.

Gender Targeted Outreach Should be a Priority for Today's Universities

Michael Sutherland | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Sutherland

As Admissions Tutor at Corpus Christi College, I was disheartened to find that last year, the percentage of female applicants for Computer Science and Engineering across the University were a paltry 12% and 20% respectively.

Choosing an Oxbridge College

Athene Donald | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Athene Donald

Let me tell you about some of the things that I know our students were attracted by when they chose Churchill. In this way I might assist those worrying about college choice by providing some pointers about what may be important. I don't promise to be entirely unbiased!

Louise Mensch Has Some Advice For Aspiring Students Who Want To Defy Their Doubters

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Former Tory MP and Oxbridge graduate Lousie Mensch has encouraged aspirational teenagers to pursue their dreams and apply to top-tier universities in ...

Thank You Cambridge, But I'm Not Sorry

Joe Goodman | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Goodman

One thing that's important to say is how grateful I am to Cambridge. My time at University has done wonders for me that I am endlessly grateful for: the education I received has without a shadow of a doubt completely changed my life, and many things I learnt from people I met and experiences I had while at University have had an intractable impact on my being.

How to Choose an Oxbridge College

Marcus Ereira | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

For many ambitious students at the end of their school career, the ideal next step is often studying their degree of choice at either Oxford or Cambridge. Whilst for some students studying specialist subjects it may be argued that other institutions may be better, and for some students the lure away from the UK to a perhaps more well-rounded academic experience at a US college may appeal, for the vast majority, the Oxbridge admissions maze looms large.

Oxbridge System Failing Talented State School Pupils

James Gold | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gold

"Education. Education. Education." This was the cornerstone of New Labour, a platform for unprecedented levels of social mobility, which helped prepare the way for Tony Blair's landslide victory in the 1997 general election. So why are we still in a situation where 83% of Oxbridge students are from only 400 elite schools? The answer is complex.

Why Good Students Struggle to Get Jobs

Julian Tan | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

I recall memorising the timeline of human prehistory when I was twelve - Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic - from the fresh first pages of my history textbook. It was past midnight, and their quirky names numbed my tongue and befuddled my brain. Nevertheless, I forcibly committed them to memory, motivated by the promise that hard work at school will one day pay off...

Oxbridging the Gap?

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rohan Banerjee

At a time where Oxbridge graduates enjoy the lion's share of the top jobs, political or otherwise, Imperial's achievement poses a challenge to public perception. Evidently, our nation's two ancient institutions aren't invincible.

Oxford University: Just for the Rich?

Mike Walsh | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mike Walsh

A recent study conducted by the social mobility commission concluded that elitism is so embedded in British society that it could be called social engineering. The 'government report' showed that people educated in private schools and Oxbridge have created a 'closed shop at the top'...

Lucy Sherriff

State School Pupils Need More Help To Get Into Oxbridge, Teachers And Experts Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students from state-funded schools who aspire to Oxford and Cambridge need more help with the rigorous admissions process, according to a leading inte...

Voyage, Quest, Inspired: Sunday in Oxbridge

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

The withered leaves collected at my feet. Autumn is beautiful here, yes, absolutely. I gazed, aimlessly and still, at the meadows, the buildings, the river, and the bridge. Time flies, and I was to leave this fantastical world.

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...

Retaining Top-Level Talent: Do Our Young People Have the Industry Support They Need to Strive for Oxbridge?

Scott Waddington | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

A report out this summer revealed that only 19.5% of Welsh applications to Oxford and Cambridge were successful during the 2011-12 admissions cycle, compared to a success rate of 25% for England and Northern Ireland... Welsh industry most certainly does require that top level expertise if it is to continue to thrive.

Under-Represented: How to Encourage Welsh Students to Oxbridge

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

From the outside, Oxford seems impervious to change... The depiction of the university as a hidebound institution content to stay locked in its ivory tower, however, is misguided. The university is champing at the bit for reform, yet there are some areas in which it is found lacking.

Fairy Tale Expectations: The Culture of Privilege at Cambridge University

Alice Corr | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Corr

Flaunting your gown around town, blowing £200 on May Ball tickets, or getting your mates or wider society to fund your Gap Yah trips abroad: there are a number of actions available to Oxbridge students that serve to fuel the stereotypes of an elitist institution harbouring privileged students, out of touch with the rest of the world...

Are Private Schools Undermining State Education in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

A child's background, and particularly their economic situation, should never determine their education and ultimately their future. Sadly, for many young people in modern Britain, this is still very much the case.

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.

Do You Have An 'Elite' Surname? Then You're An Oxbridge Shoo-In

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The same "elite" surnames, such as Darcy, Mandeville and Montgomery, have attended Oxbridge since the Norman Conquest 800 years ago, it has been revea...

Record Number Of Students Apply For Oxbridge Place

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A record number of students have applied for a place to study at Oxford and Cambridge next year, but the gap between rich and poor applicants remains ...

Is an Oxbridge Education a Big Deal?

Anna Claeys | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Claeys

Widespread popular belief always told me an Oxbridge education opens more doors... Ultimately, a degree from any top university isn't enough these days. In many industries work experience, passion and determination count for more, and will take you much further.

Oxford and Cambridge: A Worldly Education

Olivia Haywood | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Haywood

In a recent article , the New York Daily News reported that 11 of President Obama's innermost circle were educated at Oxford University... Nestled at the core of the Whitehouse and the Pentagon and wielding the power to influence policy worldwide, they are evidence of one thing: a degree from Oxford or Cambridge commands attention on an international scale.

How to Get Into Oxbridge

Julian Tan | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

Every year, it gets tougher - students become smarter, the competition, stiffer and the expectations, higher. Nevertheless, there are a few constructive guidelines that aspiring applicants should consider if they have dreams of studying in two of Britain's greatest universities.

More State School Pupils Should Apply to Cambridge

Jilly Luke | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jilly Luke

When we weren't stealing Tiny Tim's crutch in order to light cigars off it, I spent May Week in parks and gardens with friends. Reminiscing over the year that has been, I thought of all the times that my assumptions have been questioned, or I've been shown a whole new way of looking at things, or had my argument reduced to rubble by the careful twitching of a loose end. That is what Cambridge is really about.

Pickles - The Man To Get Cameron Out Of A Pickle

Grant Feller | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

If only the Prime Minister had, say, a straight-talking Northerner he could turn to, to lift the party's appeal outside of the South East. Maybe someone who was uninterested in PR spin but was a take-me-as-I-am kind of bloke, educated perhaps at the local comp, maybe even went to polytechnic, the sort of background that would help to balance the coiffeured posh brigade.