Oxford Postgraduate Courses: The Guardian

I cold-pitched to The Guardian and wrote a piece on research I conducted into the inaccessibility of Oxford’s postgraduate courses. Manually scouring data available on the internet, I found that only 19 out of the 102 one-year postgraduate courses on offer are within the £10.6k postgraduate loan provided by the UK government. Further, I found only Oxford and Cambridge priced themselves consistently above this loan.

Note, I did not see a final copy before it went to publication and I have to say, I am a little upset with the title. Primarily because I believe the poorest can also be the brightest and feel this title misrepresents my thoughts. The initial article focused more on those bright enough to gain a place but too poor to attend thanks to Oxford pricing them out of the market. I also focused more on the existence of the Clarendon Scholarship – a merit-only scholarship but mention of this was removed from the article.

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