Today Oxford University is publishing its first Annual Admissions Statistical Report, drawing together data about undergraduate admissions for the University as a whole, and for individual colleges and subjects. The report presents undergraduate admissions statistics for Oxford over five admissions cycles between 2013 and 2017, and also includes information for Oxford’s colleges and largest courses and some data on national context for Oxford’s data on UK student admissions.
A summary of the Report is available on the homepage of the University website and via the following link: http://wwww.ox.ac.uk/adstats
The information is being published to increase transparency around our undergraduate body at Oxford, in the hope of increasing understanding about who studies at Oxford and where they come from. Inevitably, public interest in this report is likely to focus on questions concerning the under-representation of certain groups at Oxford. This report demonstrates that we’re heading in the right direction, and it should do much to encourage young people who think that Oxford is not for them to apply. We know we have much more to do, and in parallel with the report’s publication the University is announcing a substantial expansion of its flagship UNIQ summer school for UK state school students, increasing the number of places available by 500.
Here in St Anne’s, so far this academic year, we have coordinated or been involved in the delivery of over 75 different outreach events and activities with UK school-age students. Through this activity, we have engaged with students who attend over 140 different state secondary and primary schools in our link regions and beyond. You will also be aware of our support for Target Oxbridge and Study Days. We are very grateful to all of our students, fellows and staff who support this work and are tremendous ambassadors for Oxford.
Overall, the report tells a story of progress for UK students from under-represented backgrounds applying to Oxford between 2013 and 2017:
• The proportion from state schools has increased from 56.8% to 58.2%.
• The proportion identifying as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) has risen from 13.9% to 17.9%.
• The proportion from socio-economically disadvantaged areas rose from 6.8% to 10.6%.
• The proportion from areas of low progression to higher education rose from 9.5% to 12.9%.
• The proportion declaring a disability rose from 5.6% to 7.7%.
• The mix of men and women has fluctuated, with men outnumbering women in most years but more women admitted than men in 2017.
There are a number of positives specific to St Anne’s including that 12.6% of the UK students we admitted were from areas of low progression to HE (POLAR 1 & 2) compared with a University average of 11.7%, 60.9% of our admitted UK students were from state schools, compared with a University average of 57.2%, and 55% of our admitted UK students were female compared to a 48.8% university average, the highest of any College. However, a number of areas have also been flagged for improvement and we need to continue to increase the number of offers to state school and BME students. Increasing diversity is a key priority at St Anne’s and the College is developing a multi-faceted plan. Our plans will accord with the College's history of making an Oxford education attractive to and possible for those who otherwise might not have seen themselves at Oxford, and is an exciting direction of travel for the College. We will especially work to increase the numbers of applications from students from under-represented groups across all subjects, and to continue increasing the diversity of our student body.