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oneteen Wed 06-Mar-19 22:40:24

ttps://news.sky.com/story/cambridge-university-aims-to-ditch-most-unequal-title-with-admissions-overhaul-11656787

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MarchingFrogs Thu 07-Mar-19 01:46:55

ttps://news.sky.com/story/cambridge-university-aims-to-ditch-most-unequal-title-with-admissions-overhaul-11656787

Missing an 'h'smile

news.sky.com/story/cambridge-university-aims-to-ditch-most-unequal-title-with-admissions-overhaul-11656787

oneteen Thu 07-Mar-19 06:58:21

Thanks, @MarchingFrogs blush - The change was on our local news last night so thought MNr's would find it of interest.

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OKBobble Thu 07-Mar-19 08:49:33

www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/adjustment This is their own announcement

MarchingFrogs Thu 07-Mar-19 09:11:18

So if you originslly applied for one of the relevant Maths courses, you now have until May 10th to get your STEP entry sorted (and up to May 3rd to save up the fee, if you don't want to pay an extra £19 per paper - or do schools pay for their candidates?).

The window for applying for the Cambridge version of Adjustment is very narrow, as well - one five hour period, vs 5 x 24 hour. I can't help thinking that perhaps they should have given the process a different name,? Not knocking it, though.

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 07-Mar-19 11:40:31

I think it would be a rather big disadvantage to only be starting STEP prep at this point, so I'm not sure it would be very helpful this year for maths applicants.

MarchingFrogs Thu 07-Mar-19 12:13:22

I suppose some other iuniversities use STEP, which the applicant may have firmed, havong not got an offer from Cambridge.

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 07-Mar-19 14:43:12

Dh just told me about this, so have been reading about it. Interesting.

Apparently Oxford were caught in the hop by it, there was a draft press release going around.

Seems like win-win for Cambridge - they get to look good, whilst also filling as many gaps as possible 😁 (Dh brought it up because we were talking about ds declining his Cambridge offer!)

Was just reading a student room thread about it - some very surprised y13s. Someone on there suggested that people who drop a grade might be less likely to get on anyway, and dh said that the Oxford statistics show that black applicants miss their grades at a disproportionate rate - I have no idea about the Cambridge stats though of course.

Will certainly be interesting to see how it plays out this August.

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 07-Mar-19 14:47:29

"get on anyway"? Think I got distracted there, I meant "get in now" or something similar.

MarchingFrogs Thu 07-Mar-19 15:12:59

Oxford statistics show that black applicants miss their grades at a disproportionate rate

How does this marry up, I wonder, with the stats (?'stats') re state schools woefully failing their students by only predicting them the grades they think are a 'safe bet', rather than the grades they need to get considered by the 'top' universities? At least one can't blame Unconditional if Firmed offers for it, anyway, not at Oxford.

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 07-Mar-19 15:41:43

They do Marchingfrogs, but I don't know of any that need both STEP 2 and 3.

EcclesThePeacock Thu 07-Mar-19 19:32:07

The one interesting stat I read recently re Cambridge and their numbers of black students is that (I think last year) took about a third of those who'd achieved 2A*A

DrMadelineMaxwell Sat 09-Mar-19 22:43:24

DD is one of the ones to get the email telling her that, due to narrowly missing out on an offer, she can get in contact on results day if she exceeds her firm uni place and meets a standard Cambridge offer. It's due to her ticking 3 of 5 'disadvantaged' boxes.

Oh joy to be told that your child is disadvantaged in their education - at least by Cambridge standards.

DrMadelineMaxwell Sat 09-Mar-19 22:43:24

DD is one of the ones to get the email telling her that, due to narrowly missing out on an offer, she can get in contact on results day if she exceeds her firm uni place and meets a standard Cambridge offer. It's due to her ticking 3 of 5 'disadvantaged' boxes.

Oh joy to be told that your child is disadvantaged in their education - at least by Cambridge standards.

oneteen Sat 09-Mar-19 23:52:21

When I posted the original link - I wondered how DC or indeed parents would deal with the situation - I also looked at the disadvantaged boxes which seem to be more about where you live (or at least 3 of them).

I wondered whether the offers sent out in January were on the low side and that they had held back places for this scheme...which it many respects is good because I'd like to think it reduces some pressure on DC when it comes to sitting their A levels - I would be P'eed off in some respect - however, I think some DC may rise to the challenge too.

IMHO...Cambridge is trying to adjust the way it offers places but it will be a long term process.

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MarchingFrogs Sun 10-Mar-19 00:11:12

I wondered whether the offers sent out in January were on the low side and that they had held back places for this scheme.

www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=5835574&page=4

(Post no 77, Murray Edwards AT)
No, we haven't reduced the number of offers. Every year the collegiate university ends up with some empty spaces and this will help to rectify that. It may also change behaviour in the Summer Pool and with missed offers but it's too early to say how that behaviour might manifest itself.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Mar-19 08:35:02

DrM when did your dd receive the email?

DrMadelineMaxwell Sun 10-Mar-19 09:08:35

The same day it was in the papers last week.

DrMadelineMaxwell Sun 10-Mar-19 09:10:04

Tuesday.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Mar-19 12:05:11

Thanks smile

oneteen Sun 10-Mar-19 13:19:40

Thanks, Marchingfrogs - it was interesting to read all the Murray Edwards responses.

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IrmaFayLear Mon 11-Mar-19 13:23:28

It seems fair to me.

At ds's college there was a spare space on the course because someone hadn't made their grades. The horse's mouth said that it would be very unfair to take grade missers when other applicants who had been turned down after interview had exceeded the expected grades.

I'm not sure about their criteria, though. Doesn't the postcode factor disproportionately favour inner city applicants? Why are institutions always chasing these and never focusing their beam on candidates from Just About Managing homes out in Dullshire?

MullofKintire Mon 11-Mar-19 13:38:19

I once heard a parent with a child at an expensive private boarding school saying they were planning to buy a house in a flagged area (available for <£15000 in some areas ) and would submit their DC‘s Oxbridge application from there to guarantee them an interview. Not sure whether they were joking but you can see the appeal...

MariaNovella Mon 11-Mar-19 14:20:24

Oh joy to be told that your child is disadvantaged in their education - at least by Cambridge standards.

I know someone currently at Cambridge who is not disadvantaged by any standards known to normal people but who gets special treatment because of her background.

Bowchicawowow Mon 11-Mar-19 16:34:59

I told that story MullofKintire on a different thread and the replies were that it was complete nonsense.
I can't agree with you when you say 'you can see the appeal...' I think it's outrageous behaviour.

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