Impact Report 2019

14th June 2019

News, Alumni news

Building on its position as a national leader in advancing fair access, Wadham College publishes its 2019 Impact Report.

  • Engineering Summer School participant

    Engineering Summer School participant

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    Summer school participants

Sharing evidence from Wadham’s access programmes in order to support best practice, the Report details increasing numbers of students from our outreach programmes applying to, and securing places at, Oxford.

Wadham has engaged with 25% more schools in the period covered by the Report and can show a 39 percentage point increase in the number of students agreeing to the statement “I would fit in at the University of Oxford” after a visit to the College than before.

In his foreword to the report, Warden Ken Macdonald QC writes: “The progress that we have made in recent years is testament to the College’s sustained commitment to access, and the critical role that support from our alumni and friends has played in this. In the last three years, we have increased significantly the volume and impact of our outreach activity. More students are progressing from our outreach programmes to Oxford and other highly competitive universities, and next year we will unveil the University’s first dedicated access space.” 

Wadham College combines one of the most diverse student bodies in Oxford (on average over the last three years, 69% of Wadham students have been admitted from state schools, compared to around 60% across the University), with one of the highest rankings in the Norrington table (10th in 2017/18).

Key Data Points from the 2019 Impact Report

  • Increasing numbers of students from our outreach programmes applying to, and securing places at, Oxford. For example, amongst our 2018 biology and classics summer school participants, there were nineteen applications and eight pupils received offers to the University (a 42% success rate compared to the wider average success rate of 20%). Nine students who took part in the Newham/Tower Hamlets based Humanities program ‘Wad-HAM’ made applications to Oxford of which 3 received offers.
  • Considering data from one of our key partner organisations, IntoUniversity, 22% of participating school leavers gain a place at a Russell Group university, compared to 10% of those from similar backgrounds. In 2017/18 Wadham hosted 15 IntoUniversity visits with more than 450 students.
  • 39 percentage point increase in the number of students agreeing to the statement “I would fit in at the University of Oxford” after a visit to the College than before.
  • The Luton Project worked with 50 Year 10 pupils from 10 state schools in Luton with over 90% of the pupils having at least two widening participation flags. 
  • 120 schools engaged in this year alone – a 25% increase compared to last year
  • 444 access events in the last three years (15/16-17/18), at the College and delivered by the Wadham Access Team in our link regions
  • 18,412 pupils engaged with Wadham across those three years.