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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 9:38 pm 
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Every student who has the academic potential will get to interview.

Oxford spend a long time interviewing in early December, that is why the Xmas term finishes so early so they can use the student rooms for interviewees.

Many students interview at more than one college to give them the greatest chance possible. DG


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 10:11 am 
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Not everyone who lives in a middle class area or sends their children to private school is from generations of wealth and privilege. Far from it. Some of us went to a comprehensive in a very dodgy area and then worked our way up to a nicer one. To penalise the children for the social mobility of the parents is questionable.
I suppose what I wonder about this is that they now think their interview process can draw this innate potential out, and previously they couldn’t spot it? If they now think they can spot this without affecting the quality of the outcome, well we’ll see I guess. The result will be that the private school/affluent postcode kids who might previously have been Oxbridge candidates will target the likes of Imperial/Durham/Warwick instead. As has been said many themes on this forum, Oxbridge isn’t the best place for everything. I do think its quite interesting that all of my friends who went to Oxbridge (some on access schemes from comprehensives to e.g. Hertford College Oxford) will now find their kids discriminated against.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 1:06 pm 
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If you want to hear about parents gone mad to game admissions, try the podcast Gangster Capitalism. Apart from the annoying ads, the first episode had me hooked.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 2:03 pm 
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fairyelephant wrote:
To penalise the children for the social mobility of the parents is questionable.


What about all the children who are penalised in almost every possible way from the day that they are born due to the lack of social mobility of the parents? Could that be considered 'questionable'?


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