October 10, 1997

All the above quotes are taken from a THES survey of proportions of private vs. state-educated students at individual Oxbridge colleges

'We do not and, I think, would not wish to, discriminate for or against an applicant on the grounds of their school background.'

Tom Hynes, admissions tutor, St John's College, Cambridge and deputy chair of the Cambridge Admissions Forum

'I am strongly against any form of social engineering.'

Crispin Tickell, warden, Green College, Oxford

'We are increasingly like football teams, rock bands and opera houses - we don't care where people come from, only how well they can perform '

Alan Ryan, warden, New College Oxford

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