Wadham College is hosting the 2017 Target Oxbridge programme this April, helping high-achieving black students gain places at the UK's top universities.
Wadham is part-funding the cost of accommodating thirty students for the Target Oxbridge residential programme from April 6th-8th, providing meals and activity space during their stay. The programme, which is organised by the University of Oxford in collaboration with graduate recruitment firm Rare, is run on a pro bono basis and aims to increase black African and Caribbean students' chances of getting into Oxford and Cambridge.
The scheme has helped 46 black African and Caribbean students receive offers from Oxbridge since it launched in 2012. That includes 16 this year alone, at a success rate of 36% – well above the national average of around 20%.
Oxford University announced in March 2017 that it will be facilitating the expansion of Target Oxbridge to 45 places for Year 12 students on the full programme each year, with a separate three-day residential event at Oxford expanding to 60 places.
The programme incorporates a number of strands focusing on intellectual, cultural and social development irrespective of personal or economic barriers. These include regular contact with a black or minority ethnic Oxbridge graduate, personalised advice on A-level choices and the Oxbridge application process, and visits to both universities.
Target Oxbridge alumna Elizabeth Oladunni received an offer to study history at Oxford in 2015 after completing the programme. Describing her decision to apply to Target Oxbridge as the best she ever made, she said: “Having one-to-one support, personal statement advice and having exposure to Oxbridge alumni developed my confidence and other skills an Oxford student would need.”
Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at Oxford University, said: “I am delighted to be able to facilitate the expansion of the Target Oxbridge programme. Oxford is committed to reaching under-represented groups and increasing the diversity of its student body. This carefully designed programme offers information and guidance that students may not have immediate access to, and I am pleased that Rare can provide it.”
Rare received an unprecedented 170 applications for the next Target Oxbridge programme. Interviews are under way, and the new cohort will begin the programme this month.