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Oxford's Annual Admissions Statistics Report

 

Corpus Christi College welcomes the release of the University's second Annual Admissions Statistical Report, which details Oxford's admissions statistics from 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Report is now publically available on the University website.

The Report shows that the collegiate university is making steady improvements on measures relating to diversity. New university-wide access initiatives are in place to accelerate the pace of this change (Opportunity Oxford and Foundation Oxford).

At a College level, we recognise the importance of reflecting on our admissions statistics and student intake. Although Corpus Christi College is among the smallest of colleges in terms of UK-domiciled intake (only Harris Manchester and the PPHs take fewer UK students), we note our admissions patterns in this report are generally consistent with the university-average. However, our proportion of BME students, while average for UK Asian students, is lower than average for two groups: UK Black students and UK Mixed Heritage students. We are pleased to see our proportion of UK Black students has increased from previous years to an average of 1.8%, though this compares to a university average of 1.9%, and as a College we aim to exceed the university average in this and all areas of underrepresentation. We recognise that students from different underrepresented backgrounds face different and specific barriers to applying to and studying at Oxford. The College now provides financial support for Target Oxbridge which this year helped to enable the programme’s expansion to ensure more black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage are empowered and equipped to secure places to study at Oxford.

We are pleased to note that over the last three years we have admitted a higher than university-average proportion of state school students, and a higher than university-average proportion of students from postcodes indicating socio-economic disadvantage (using ACORN data; see further information). We also note that we have the second highest share amongst the colleges of students from postcodes indicating areas of low progression to university (using POLAR data; see further information).

However, we recognise that there is still considerable work to be done. We monitor and reflect carefully upon our admissions statistics each year and ensure it informs our practice going forward, both in admissions and outreach. Our tutors are required to undertake implicit bias training as part of their compulsory admissions training. As referenced above, in recent weeks, Oxford has announced new university-wide access initiatives, including Opportunity Oxford and Foundation Oxford. At Corpus, changes and developments going forward include:

1) The College’s new ‘Being Human’ programme. Following the success of our STEMM-based sustained intervention programme in our regional link areas (the North West Science Network) and our Ancient World Network pilot, ‘Being Human’ is a targeted and academic year-long initiative for humanities students from underrepresented backgrounds in our link regions, commencing in autumn 2019.

2) The introduction of a new travel bursary scheme for our outreach events to help to remove financial barriers for students applying to attend our events.

3) The re-structuring of our schools offering to ensure a comprehensive, tailored programme of support for our link local authorities, commencing in autumn 2019.

4) A new College website in 2019/2020, in which widening access and schools support will be a central focus; this is being developed in close consultation with undergraduates involved in the access work of the College and current sixth form students.

Fair access and widening participation are and will remain a core principle here at Corpus. We continue to strive to raise the profile and strength of access work within the College and, through collaborative working, across the collegiate university.

All College-specific data in the report are shown below, with university averages for context. For further contextual information for these statistics, please see the report itself.

Socio-economic disadvantage: proportion of total UK students admitted from ACORN categories 4 and 5 by college, three-year total 2016–2018

University Average: 10.0%
Corpus Christi College: 11.5%

Areas of low progression to higher education: proportion of total UK students admitted from POLAR quintiles 1 and 2 by college, three-year total 2016–2018

University Average: 12.4%
Corpus Christi College: 16.6%

State School: State proportion of total UK students admitted, three-year total 2016–2018

University Average: 58.9%
Corpus Christi College: 63.2%

Female proportion of total UK students admitted, three-year total 2016–2018

University Average: 50.0%
Corpus Christi College: 47.9%

UK-domiciled BME students: proportion of total UK students admitted, three-year total 2016–2018 

University Average: 17.3%
Corpus Christi College: 15.3%

UK-domiciled Asian students: proportion of total UK students admitted, three-year total 2016–2018

University Average: 7.9%
Corpus Christi College: 8.0%

UK-domiciled Mixed Heritage students proportion of total UK students admitted, three-year total 2016–2018

University Average: 6.5%
Corpus Christi College: 4.9%

UK-domiciled Black students: proportion of total UK students admitted, three-year total 2016–2018

University Average: 1.9%
Corpus Christi College: 1.8%

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