Louise Richardson, University of Oxford Vice Chancellor, today met students from the second cohort of LMH's Foundation Year, to discuss access to Oxbridge and students' experiences of the course so far. Her visit came as applications have opened for the third year of the scheme, for entry in the academic year 2018/19.
The Foundation Year is a fully funded, year-long course, designed to help students from socio-economic backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education to reach their potential.
Alan Rusbridger, College Principal, said: “I’m delighted to announce the third year application round for our Foundation Year is now open. Our current students are a diverse and exceptional bunch of young people who have demonstrated a real thirst for learning. The references from their teachers spoke of students who were dedicated, sharp, analytical and motivated. I have been teaching the group and, after four sessions, I can second all of that. I hope we can encourage as many students as possible to read about the course and consider whether it is for them. ”
Students live and study at Lady Margaret Hall. Over the academic year, they receive tuition that is focussed on ensuring that they go on to succeed at undergraduate level, either at Oxford or another top university. The course combines the study of the student’s chosen subject with academic and personal development.
The first cohort of ten Foundation Year students graduated from the course in June 2017. Seven have returned to LMH as undergraduates, two have gone on to other top Russell Group universities and while one other had offers from Russell Group universities, they are currently deciding which degree course would suit their interests best. In September 2017, the second cohort of eleven Foundation Year students arrived.