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Eight schools dominate Oxford and Cambridge admissions

The University of Oxford admits it “must work harder” on widening participation following new research on admissions, while the University of Cambridge says it cannot not support lower entry grade requirements.

Using data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, social mobility charity the Sutton Trust revealed that from 2015 to 2017, just eight schools and colleges had 1,310 students accepted to either Oxford of Cambridge between them. In comparison 2,894 schools and colleges with two acceptances or fewer sent 1,220 students to Oxford or Cambridge in the same time period.

Both universities have had “ongoing conditions” imposed on their registration with the Office for Students due to concerns over the universities’ access and participation plans. 

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