The Geography determining a successful Oxbridge application?

As ever, the demographics of successful Oxbridge applicants has been featured in the press. Recently it is to do with the location of Oxbridge applicants. In January it was Wales that featured heavily and in June it was the North-South divide.

A Manchester press article discussed how just 1% of students in their area applied. In Yorkshire there were 138 schools, out of 200 in total in Yorkshire, where no students went on to Oxbridge. Meanwhile, undergraduates from Surrey alone amounted to 263 – with the pattern repeated in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

However, Oxford suggested otherwise. A University of Oxford spokesman said, speaking of the North: “Actually, 18.8% of applicants to Oxford were accepted last year.”

Sources:
http://mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/260611234-manchesters-oxbridge-uni-applicants-only-24-successful-%E2%80%93-lower-leeds-newcastle-and
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/10109690/Oxbridge-applications-influenced-by-geography.html

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