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Keble Launches Partnership with The Access Project

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Keble College is partnering with education charity The Access Project and Colmers School in Rednal to further its Outreach work in the West Midlands.

The initiative will see bright young students from disadvantaged backgrounds offered free weekly tuition in the subjects they need most help with, along with expert and tailored guidance through the university application process.

A young person who has participated in The Access Project's programme is more than twice as likely to go to a top university than another student with the same academic track record and background – this is set against a backdrop in which only 2.5 per cent of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds get a place at a top university.

Sir Jonathan Phillips, Warden of Keble College, said “Not enough bright and motivated young people from less advantaged backgrounds are getting into the best universities. This is true in the West Midlands as in some other areas. We want to attract the most talented students to come to Keble and other institutions from the widest possible range of backgrounds and to realise their full academic potential."

This brand new partnership with The Access Project will deepen Keble’s long-term commitment to schools and students in the West Midlands. In total, Keble’s widening participation work reaches out to more than 3,000 students a year in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire, which are linked with the College as part of Oxford's Regional Outreach Scheme. The Access Project partnership adds to that work through intensive involvement grounded in a local community, and commits Keble to supporting embedded work in schools over a number of years.