Inspiring The Next Generation

Kirsty Osei-Bempong | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Kirsty Osei-Bempong

I remember my careers teacher telling me that I should consider social work - as that was what a lot of black women went into. But I think, the pièce de résistance has to go to my history teacher who predicted me a 'C' at GSCE level. She told my mum and dad at another parent's evening that she did not place much hope in me on this particular subject. She also threw in that most black people ended up working as cleaners.

'Shameful' Social Mobility Means Thousands Of Talented Young People Miss Out On Top Jobs

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are missing out on top jobs, a parliamentary inquiry into social mobility has found....

Applying To Top Unis? Choosing Between Oxford And Cambridge Could Cost You £13,500

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

It’s not news to anybody that going to university is expensive. But for Britain’s brightest students, the decision of which Oxbridge university to...

Oxford Student Skier Could Have Been Killed By Bodybuilding Drugs And Alcohol

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An Oxford student found dead at the start of a university skiing trip in the French Alps could have been killed by a combination of bodybuilding drugs...

How Prepared Can You Be For An Oxbridge Interview?

Alex Dyer | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

In the upcoming weeks, the ancient, picture postcard cities of Oxford and Cambridge will become filled with the next generation of Oxbridge applicants...

Oxford Student Found Dead After First Night Of University Skiing Trip In French Alps

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An Oxford student has been found dead in the French Alps following the first night of a major annual Oxbridge Varsity skiing trip. The 22-year-old ma...

Unpaid Internships... It's Still Not What You Know

Sally Holt | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sally Holt

As far as I can see, your ability to write, articulate, heal or lead is not inherently linked to your parents' wealth. It is our society which makes it so.

Would You Get Into Oxford? University Reveals Its Questions

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

For Britain’s brightest young people, it’s a tense time of year. With the Oxbridge application deadline just around the corner, hundreds of A Leve...

A Fifth Of State School Teachers Actively Discourage Students From Applying To Oxbridge

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

More than four in ten teachers at state secondary schools say they would rarely, if ever, advise their brightest pupils to apply to study at Oxford or...

How to Get Into Oxford as an International Student

Marcus Ereira | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

Coming down from your country to the UK you are not going to settle for anything les than Oxbridge. However, the Oxbridge application process is sligh...

We Need to Talk About Mental Health at Oxbridge

Tanne Spielman | Posted 29.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tanne Spielman

It seems like there is continuous media coverage of Oxbridge, veering between reverence of academic success and revilement of elitism. Yet, mental wellbeing is not discussed enough, even though it is a setting which amplifies and highlights the serious challenges facing university students across the country.

Classics for the Common Class

Rebecca Marano | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Marano

We need to squash the redundant notion that it is a subject purely for the linguistically capable elite, and open the doors to the less privileged. This subject is not limited only to language study; the ancient world is full of areas of exploration, so let's not pretend academic scholarship must be limited to linguistics. It's time elitism was shunned from the Classics community and Classical Civilisation is accepted and promoted to all.

Want to Improve Oxbridge State School Admissions? Stop Patronising State-School Students

David Browne | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

In order to actually tackle these issues, we surely need to first tackle the patronising and politicising of state school admissions in the first place, and realise that the problems of social mobility today go far deeper than Oxbridge.

Toby Young Given A Masterclass In Privilege After 'Bullingdon Club' Hindrance Jibe

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK

Columnist Toby Young has been mocked for saying three of Britain's most senior politicians' membership of the famed Bullingdon Club has in fact been a...

What It Really Takes to Get Into Oxbridge

Lucy Parsons | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Parsons

The Oxbridge interview is a daunting event. There's so much mystique around it. Everyone knows that these esteemed universities want you to have amazing exam grades and an enormous capacity for hard work. But, other than this, no-one seems to be clear on what they're looking for.

Let's Not Turn Oxbridge Into a Comprehensive

Judith Vonberg | Posted 23.09.2016 | 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 16.09.2016 | 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 03.09.2016 | 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 31.07.2016 | 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 19.05.2016 | 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 18.05.2016 | 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 03.05.2016 | 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'...