Why do so few Scottish students study at Oxbridge?
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Last year, 13 schools in England each sent more students to Oxbridge than every state school in Scotland combined. All too often Scottish students are put off applying. When they do, they have the lowest chance of getting in of anywhere in the United Kingdom.
The Scottish intakes of Oxford and Cambridge, as a result, tend to almost exclusively be the middle class and privately educated.
University is free in Scotland but no one who has studied at Oxbridge would say the tuition fee doesn’t represent value for money. Many potential applicants think it will be too expensive but both Oxford and Cambridge offer generous bursaries and scholarships.
Why should I become a Clydeside mentor?
State schools are not generally equipped to assist students in the application process. Schools which already struggle to send students to university do not consider assisting Oxbridge applications a priority. Many in the country's most disadvantaged communities may never have met someone who studied at Oxford or Cambridge. The universities are also doing very little to address the problem of outreach to Scotland.
Scotland - and in particular Glasgow - is home to some of the most deprived parts of the UK. One study has suggested that the ten most deprived parts of the UK are in fact all in Glasgow.
How does mentoring work?
We need Oxbridge students from all backgrounds and subjects to volunteer to make this happen.