Time to privilege talent over luck 3

September 28, 2007

The reason some Oxford colleges admit a higher proportion of state-school students than others is that a higher proportion of their applicants come from state schools. This often reflects the mistaken belief on the part of applicants that a state-school applicant must have a better chance of admission at a college that already has a high proportion of state-school students. Simple arithmetic shows the error.

I have always argued for post-qualification admissions, no interviews, and raw A-level scores; I have got nowhere and do not expect that to change.

Alan Ryan
Warden, New College, Oxford

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