Exeter College makes first offers to prospective students for Oxford’s Astrophoria Foundation Year
We are pleased to announce that four students have received offers to join Exeter College under the inaugural Astrophoria Foundation Year programme. The University established the programme last year to increase access for UK state school students who have experienced severe personal disadvantage and/or disrupted education. The Foundation Year is a one-year fully philanthropically funded course, and Astrophoria students who meet the required standard at the end of the year will be admitted to an Oxford undergraduate degree programme.
Exeter College is one of ten Oxford colleges to participate in this scheme this year. Overall, 553 applicants applied for a place on the Foundation Year, and 35 students received offers. Exeter is glad to participate in a programme designed to increase participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented at Oxford.
Rector Sir Rick Trainor said of the programme, “The college’s role in the foundation year programme represents a significant further stage in Exeter’s energetic access initiative, which has brought substantial further diversity to our undergraduate student body in recent years. In all these initiatives the emphasis falls on removing obstacles to entry, helping to ensure that the college recruits students with the best potential to profit from an Oxford undergraduate education.”