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University of Oxford doubles proportion of ‘disadvantaged’ students

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University increases intake of students from state schools and under-represented areas

The University of Oxford has almost doubled the proportion of students it recruits from disadvantaged backgrounds, but it admits its work to diversify its student body is “far from over”.

Data released by the university show that the proportion of undergraduate students from areas classed as socio-economically disadvantaged rose from 8.2 per cent of its student cohort in 2016 to 15.9 per cent in 2020.

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