06th February 2019

Helping underrepresented student groups to target success


Target Oxbridge participants celebrate receiving university offers. Image credit: Leo Hoang/Target Oxbridge 

We are delighted to announce that Exeter College is funding eight places on the Target Oxbridge programme, which helps high-achieving black and mixed-race students with black heritage with their applications to Oxford and Cambridge. Four places will be funded directly by the College, with a further four funded thanks to generous College donors.

Rector Professor Sir Rick Trainor said: “Target Oxbridge has a proven record of success helping young people from underrepresented groups get into Oxford and Cambridge. Since its launch in 2012 the programme has helped 81 black and mixed-race students to secure Oxbridge offers. We are delighted to support the programme and look forward to welcoming the participants to Oxford.”

The programme is open to UK-based students, typically in Year 12, who have achieved excellent results at GCSE level. The various strands of the programme focus on intellectual, cultural and social development irrespective of personal or economic barriers.

Participants on the programme benefit from regular contact with a black or minority ethnic Oxbridge graduate who helps them to pinpoint their strengths, discusses their aspirations and helps identify areas for development. They also attend a tailored series of critical theory discussions, seminars, Oxbridge-style tutorials, visits to the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and guest speaker events. With one-on-one mentoring, they receive advice on making the right degree subject, university and college selection, as well as personalised advice on the application process. Structured Oxbridge interview practice, test preparation sessions, and revision workshops help maximise their chances of success. To find out more about Target Oxbridge click here.

Exeter College’s support for the Target Oxbridge programme forms part of the College’s ongoing commitment to attracting the brightest and most talented students to study here.

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