Oxford’s diversity drive is extending to PhDs, it has emerged, with the university launching a trial where class background is included in applications.
Tutors will examine information about students’ socio-economic background as well as their academic credentials as part of a pilot which will run next autumn.
The university has long encouraged dons to make use of “contextual data” during the undergraduate admissions process in a bid to increase its intake of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
However, this is the first time a similar approach is employed for the selection of PhD candidates. Admissions tutors in five doctorate training programmes run by the science and medicine faculties will be given a series of indicators of a student’s class background to consider alongside their application.
This will include whether