Oxford college announces measures to boost diversity

Higher education
One of Oxford University’s largest and most historic colleges is launching a new initiative to attract students from a wider range of backgrounds.

The scheme aims to improve the student experience of undergraduates from lower income families and offer them financial and career development support during their time at university.

Christ Church, famed for its connection with Harry Potter (the film version of Hogwarts was partly based on the hall at Christ Church), will offer four new scholarships for students with outstanding academic potential from low or middle-income households. The scholarships will provide up to £13,500 per year, including a £3,000 tuition fee reduction.

It is introducing maintenance subsidies of up to 50 per cent for accommodation and food for lower income students and also plans to strengthen its links with organisations and charities that encourage young people from less advantaged backgrounds to apply to Oxford and other universities.

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