Trinity is set to host Target Oxbridge in April 2018 and is funding ten additional places.
Created and run on a pro bono basis by diversity recruitment specialist Rare, Target Oxbridge aims to increase the number of black African and Caribbean students at Oxford and Cambridge by helping talented pupils to apply.
Trinity is very proud to be a partner in the programme in 2018. The college will host many of those attending the Easter residential course, and in addition, in December 2017, the college’s Governing Body committed to fund the cost of an additional ten places for the 2018 programme. The Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at Oxford University, Dr Samina Khan, thanked Trinity as one of the three colleges that have particularly assisted in enabling this expansion of the programme.
Target Oxbridge offers a development programme, which runs over the course of a year, involving residential visits, academic sessions, and mentoring by current and former Oxbridge students. A critical part of the programme is its Easter and summer residential courses, which will give the students a taster of life at Oxford, with university tutors teaching sessions, and the students experiencing the city. In 2017, the Target Oxbridge programme had forty-five fully funded places. Unprecedented demand for places this year has prompted significant progress, with Oxford and Cambridge universities providing funding to support a total of 160 places for 2018.
Dr Samina Khan explained, ‘Oxford’s partnership with Target Oxbridge has proven to be highly effective in demystifying life at Oxford and encouraging talented British applicants from African and Caribbean heritage to apply. It’s fantastic to witness this level of interest. I am keen to see what more we can do to reach talented students from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, and to get even more students from these communities applying to Oxford.’