Wadham’s new Access and Outreach Officer, Dr Hugh Munro, describes why he feels so passionately about the College’s widening participation work.
“Widening participation is important to me for two main reasons: I think all teenagers have the right to make an informed decision about their education and, at the moment, universities like Oxford, are missing a huge amount of talented pupils,” says Hugh.
Hugh joins Wadham from the fair access charity, The Brilliant Club, that seeks to increase access to top universities by harnessing the PhD community.
“My own PhD examined people who make a difference in their communities and concluded that it was people at the grassroots who had the most impact. Putting this into practice, I trained as a primary school teacher and loved my time teaching in Sheffield (my hometown) before relocating to Northamptonshire. I am passionate about access to university from these formative experiences.
“I’m also acutely aware of the factors that helped me to succeed at university: parents who had both been to Oxbridge, an older sister studying at university, being in a postcode with an excellent state school, and how these things opened doors for me.
“Through my time with The Brilliant Club I worked closely with Wadham and a host of other Colleges and saw the amazing opportunity open to pupils who go on to study in Oxford. I am delighted to have joined Wadham and am looking forward to helping make sure that Oxford attracts the brightest minds, regardless of background.”
Find out more about Wadham’s summer schools, aspiration days, sustained schemes and access and outreach events by contacting Hugh at: firstname.lastname@example.org