Supporting Target Oxbridge

7th October 2021

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Wadham College is continuing its commitment to Target Oxbridge, funding ten places for talented black students in the 2021/22 academic year.  

  • Target Oxbridge students at Wadham

I know first-hand the difficulties in applying to Oxford when you can’t see reflections of yourself and your experiences. I hope that by working with Wadham, we can continue to show Black students that Oxford can be a place for them.

Taiwo Oyebola (Classics, 2016)

Target Oxbridge is a programme that aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of getting into Oxbridge.

The programme is open to UK-based high attaining students in Year 12 with priority for applicants from state schools. 

Wadham alumna Taiwo Oyebola (Classics, 2016) is Schools and Universities Associate on the Target Oxbridge Programme. “As a recent Wadham graduate, it means a lot that Wadham has made a commitment to supporting Black and mixed heritage students through the Target Oxbridge programme. I have fond memories of conducting access tours (pre-covid!) as an undergraduate, and I am happy that through working on the Target Oxbridge programme, I have found a role that aligns with my passion for access. I was also on the Target Oxbridge programme as a sixth former, so I know first-hand the difficulties in applying to Oxford when you can’t see reflections of yourself and your experiences. I hope that by working with Wadham, we can continue to show Black students that Oxford can be a place for them.”

During the past academic year, 70 Target Oxbridge alumni secured Oxbridge places and a further 34 join Oxford in October 2021. At Wadham our two current Target Oxbridge students will be joined by three more in October studying Medicine, Law and Experimental Psychology.

Wadham will also be one of a selected number of Oxford Colleges to host Target Oxbridge participants for a residential programme during the Easter holiday 2022.  

Wadham’s Head of Access and Outreach Dr Hugh Munro commented: ““It is vital that Oxford is a university that represents the diversity and talent of the UK. Target Oxbridge has demonstrated wonderful outcomes with the students it has worked with which is why we are delighted to support the programme. There are not enough black African and Caribbean students at Oxbridge and we are helping to address this.”

Hear from Target Oxbridge student Tariq Hammed (Economics and Management, 2018)

In this podcast, listen to Naomi Kellman, founder of Target Oxbridge, interview Target Oxbridge student Tariq Hammed, who completed his Economics and Management degree at Wadham. 

Listen to the podcast

Tariq shares the details of the world events and books that inspired him to study Economics, as well as his tips for writing a personal statement, preparing for the Thinking Skills Assessment and getting ready for the interview. He also shares his insights into what it is like to study the course.

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