Guardian Datablog releases map of Oxford/Cambridge applications

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 18 June 2013
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The Guardian’s Datablog has posted an interesting look at the applications to Oxford and Cambridge in the UK in terms of geographical location (The Guardian, 10th June 2013).

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The county with the most applications is Surrey – 263 of the 5,924 offers with the south-east of the country and London accounting for most of the offers.

According to Datablog, the number of offers was twice as many as the entirety of Wales. Less than ten students across five districts in Wales and the North East applied to either prestigious university last year.

The London borough of Barnet had 130 offers out of the 408 that applied. The counties of Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire, Essex, Hampshire, Richmond upon Thames, Buckinghamshire, Barnet, Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire accounted for 1,500 of the 5,100 places available in 2012.

Richard Adams and Philip Nye consider in an earlier article for The Guardian that these statistics would appear to show a lack of representation in counties but universities are adamant that they extend their offers to as wide a geographical base as possible. In the past, Oxford and Cambridge have been criticised for their low levels of students from state schools or a minority background. However, Adams and Nye point out that since their agreements with the Office for Fair Access, Oxford and Cambridge have met or even surpassed their targets for accepting students from state schools.

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