Important information for those applying to Wadham for entry in October 2019 (or deferred entry 2020)
Candidates who were interviewed in December will have been informed of the outcome of their application on 9th January 2019.
All candidates were notified of the decision via UCAS and by the College via post; those resident overseas were notified via e-mail.
Feedback on Undergraduate Admissions
The College recognizes that the majority of students applying will have excellent academic records, perhaps unsurpassed in their schools, but will not be made an offer to study at Oxford. Competition for undergraduate entry is higher than it ever has been. On average only one in five students is made an offer, and in some subjects the acceptance rates are even lower – fewer than one in ten applicants gaining entry.
We appreciate the disappointment involved for candidates not getting to interview stage, or an offer after interview, and that for many students the experience of not ‘succeeding’ is a novel and uncomfortable one. Our assessments are not absolute – we make a relative judgement about candidates on the basis of information we secure through the admissions process about each candidate’s ability and potential to read for the particular subject at Oxford University that they have applied to study. That process can seem very complex, and indeed there are many factors for us to take into account when we compare each candidate’s ability and potential for their chosen course against those of the many other candidates applying.
Individual feedback often amounts to the simple judgement that a candidate has not been evaluated as highly as other applicants on the basis of the advertised criteria. We put information online setting out what those criteria are, and how we assess against them, taking into account ‘contextual flags’, test performance, interviews and so forth. We also send information to the referees of candidates in January, once all decisions have been made and communicated. This information provides a subject-level account of that year’s admissions round.
Under new GDPR legislation, the College is prohibited from providing feedback to referees on any individual candidate’s performance without that candidate’s written permission. If a candidate does seek such feedback, notwithstanding the proviso above that such it would generally cite ‘relative’ merits rather than any identifiable area of ‘failure’, Wadham College will ask permission to give any feedback on the candidate’s performance to that candidate’s referee. We ask this for two reasons
a) Our access and outreach work involves liaising with schools as well as students. Being able to speak to school representatives about our processes and evaluations, and seeking, in turn, valuable feedback from the school about their reflections on Oxford admissions, is a crucial step in supporting the exchange of information and mutual understanding between schools and the University. Through this discussion, schools can better understand how to identify students who might be successful in the Oxford admissions process, and the University in turn is in a better position to reflect on how, as admissions processes evolve, to work with schools and attract candidates with academic potential. Research from The Sutton Trust shows that a significant number of teachers would not recommend Oxford or Cambridge to their students, and the experience of having a very successful student ‘rejected’ can affect not only that student, but the engagement and aspirations of the entire school for many years to come. It is crucial for Oxford to be able to engage with such schools and facilitate conversation, ranging beyond an individual student’s case, but perhaps starting from that, to address such concerns.
b) We are aware that not receiving an offer can be very upsetting for some applicants. We are attentive to applicants’ welfare, and recognize that it can be a further blow to receive feedback which provides greater information as to why an offer was not made, or where an applicant did ‘less well’. Schools and colleges who have provided references in doing so also provide a person in authority at the school or college with whom applicants can speak, and with whom the Oxford result, and any feedback, can be put into context and discussed. Sometimes a referee (e.g. Head Teacher) may wish to give delegated responsibility for receiving and communicating feedback (e.g. to a Head of Sixth), but in almost all cases the opportunity to speak with a known teacher, face-to-face, provides a more productive and supportive context for receiving feedback.
For these reasons, if a student asks for individual feedback, we will
a) Note that feedback will not normally be given until January, when the admissions process is complete, and ask that they re-forward their request at that time, and having discussed subject-level feedback (also sent in January) with their referee;
b) Ask for their permission to write to, or telephone, their referee with the feedback, linking to the rationale above.
If a student has been made an offer, we will generally not provide feedback. All students start at the college on a ‘level playing-field’ and knowledge of one’s performance nine or so months prior to admission within a ‘successful’ cohort is neither necessary nor desirable.
Tutor for Admissions (November 2018)
Misrepresentation includes the failure to state material facts in a UCAS application which there is a duty to disclose, or stating inaccurate facts, as specified by the agreement that candidates enter into with UCAS when completing a declaration online.
This declaration encompasses misrepresentation by omission as well as the provision of false or misleading information, and makes it clear that misrepresentation on material issues which comes to light at any stage in the process may result in the application being rejected. It includes misrepresentations about an application made subsequent to the submission of the UCAS application prior to an offer being made, and to any misrepresentation identified (i) prior to the making of an offer and (ii) after an offer has been made, but prior to a student’s arrival. Misrepresentation identified after this time will be covered by other procedures.
When possible misrepresentation is identified appropriate steps will be taken to investigate the case.
Wadham College’s policy on misrepresentation is available on request to the Admissions Officer, Wadham College (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are required to come to Oxford in December we will send you a formal invitation via email.
We will make every effort to dispatch the invitation to interview in good time for you to make the necessary travel arrangements; usually we aim to provide a week’s notice, but please note that in some cases this may not be possible. We would therefore advise you to check the scheduled date of interviews for your course when you are applying so that you have an idea about dates when you might be required to attend an interview, if shortlisted.
To view the interview timetable by course, please see the University's published timetable.
Please note that candidates may not be required to be in Oxford for the full time shown for their subject in this timetable. Further details will be available closer to the time.
Candidates will also find guidance on the shortlisting process and preparation for interviews here.
All candidates resident in the UK, the European Economic Area (EU and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Switzerland are expected to come to Oxford for interview in December if shortlisted. Candidates (with the exception of those applying for Medicine) who are resident outside the EEA and Switzerland should let the College know whether they will be able to come to Oxford for interview in December if shortlisted. Further details about how and when to do this will be available nearer the time. The college may interview international candidates who cannot come to Oxford via Skype. Please read the information about the interview arrangements for international applicants here.
Keeping in touch
It is essential that if your postal or email addresses change at any point during the admissions process, you update your details on UCAS (as this will feed into the University's database), however, you will also need to email email@example.com as well, as the College is not notified when such changes are made.
Failure to inform us of changes will mean that we will continue to send correspondence to the addresses supplied on your original application.
If your address is a term-time address, it is also important that you let us know which alternative address you would like us to use, and whether you are able to access your school email account from home.
We will no longer be able to accept applications for entry in October 2019 or deferred entry in October 2020.
Candidates who applied or were allocated to Wadham in the first instance should now have received an acknowledgement email from the College.
To ensure that we maintain a level playing field between candidates, we do not normally accept information on candidates additional to that which is included on the UCAS form (such as extra references).
Exceptions to this rule include: information we request relating to registered disabilities or notifications of important UCAS errors.
However, candidates applying for second undergraduate degrees should send their first undergraduate degree transcript to Wadham Admissions Office by 10th November (see www.ox.ac.uk/sud).
Written Work Submission
The deadline for the submission of written work was 10th November.
All written work has now been received. Those who have not submitted work, where it is an application requirement, have been duly notified.
All admissions tests have now been completed.
Wadham College Admissions Office
We prefer to receive queries by email, if possible, to firstname.lastname@example.org, but if urgent you may also phone the Admissions Office on +44 (0)1865 277545 during office hours (09.00-17.00). Please include your name, personal ID and course in all correspondence.