St Anne’s welcomes first Astrophoria Foundation Year students

We’re thrilled to have welcomed our first cohort of Astrophoria Foundation Year students to St Anne’s this Michaelmas Term.

Interviewed by The Guardian, Nargis Ahmadi, who has recently begun her studies here, said:

“I thought Oxford was not very diverse, or that it wouldn’t really cater for me. I thought it would be a bit different. But once you come here, you realise that it’s not really like that. There’s a lot of people who come from similar backgrounds, and people who come from different backgrounds, and that’s not a bad thing.”

“In the classroom, at least back home, it’s not a very effective way to learn, in some ways, because there’s so many people in the class that the teacher can’t focus on every single person. But in the tutorial system, I’ve found that you’re the focus there, so they can work on issues that you have, it’s specifically catered for you.”

You can read the full Guardian interview with Nargis and others in the cohort here.

The Astrophoria Foundation Year is a one-year fully-funded foundation programme for UK state school students with significant academic potential, who have experienced severe personal disadvantage and/or disrupted education which has resulted in them being unable to apply directly for an Oxford undergraduate degree programme. Applications for next year close in January. Find out more here.

(Image (c) Graeme Robertson/The Guardian)