Across the UK, students are sitting their A-level exams; amongst them students supported by the Foundation’s social mobility programme. “Socio-economic disadvantage continues to be the most significant driver of inequality in terms of access to and outcomes from higher education. Eighteen year-olds from the most advantaged groups remain 2.4 times more likely to enter university than their disadvantaged peers, and 6.3 times more likely to attend one of the most selective institutions in the UK.”
Our social mobility programme – delivered by the Social Mobility Foundation – supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access university. An integral part of that is exposing students to some of the UK’s leading universities.
In our sixth student blog, Grace Houghton from Liverpool, shares how her residential visit to Oxford increased her confidence to apply there!
Grace Houghton, Law, Liverpool
Our residential visit to Mansfield College, Oxford lasted for three days, during which we attended taster lectures, the university’s open day and a personal statement workshop. We were fortunate enough to get a feel for Oxford as a whole, and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It was eating in the college dining hall and staying onsite that allowed us to truly experience student life. As an aspiring lawyer, I particularly enjoyed the Criminal Law lecture on causation by Professor Rebecca Williams. She was so inspiring that, after the lecture, various SMF students were looking into studying Law. Rebecca also provided me with her email address in case I had any queries about the degree (an opportunity I jumped upon as soon as I got home!). Overall, the visit increased my confidence to apply to Oxford.