Judes less obscure

August 13, 2009

Not everyone taking a degree in the city of Oxford has A*s or even A levels ("Let's relax about fairness", 30 July). Ruskin College has spent 110 years helping Judes be less obscure.

We still don't ask for formal entry qualifications, but we interview rigorously, diagnose effectively (up to a third of our students have dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties), support intensively and see successes - from a factory worker becoming a partner in a law firm to a merchant seaman becoming Deputy Prime Minister.

Those whom Alan Ryan calls "underprivileged and under-resourced" can still apply for this September. We're offering one free place to the eligible applicant who can best use social networking and multimedia to promote our offering.

Audrey Mullender, Principal, Ruskin College, Oxford.

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