How we gave Oxford University applicants a level playing field | Education

We have been talking a lot about fairness this year at Oxford, with conversations revolving around the university’s recent commitment to transform admissions. Last week saw the news of a step forward on that path, with 69% of UK offers being made to state school students, an increase from just 56% five years ago. Colleges and departments have been making use of the data that underpins the university’s access programmes to ask themselves an important question: what does it mean…

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US entrepreneur sets up Oxford scholarship for black UK students | Education

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur is to fund Oxford university’s first dedicated scholarship for disadvantaged black British students, the university has announced. Arlan Hamilton, the founder of Backstage Capital, which specialises in supporting startups by overlooked groups, is to donate more than £200,000 to establish the fund and pay the tuition fees and living expenses for a three-year undergraduate degree. The Oxford-Arlan Hamilton and Earline Butler Sims scholarship, named in part as a living tribute to Hamilton’s mother, will be open…

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