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Call for widening participation efforts to be redirected from bursaries to outreach.

Differences in state school intake at Oxbridge colleges suggest widening access is held back by admissions criteria, according to Alan Milburn, an MP who chairs the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Milburn said that 72 per cent of students at Churchill College, Cambridge, had attended state schools, but that just 42 per cent of students at Christ Church, Oxford (pictured), had done so. This hints that there is “something going on” in the admissions process, he said. The belief that there is a “trade-off between equity and excellence is untrue”, he told a press conference on 17 December.

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