Responding to The Guardian article by Future First Advisory Council member Fiona Millar on Mansfield College, Oxford, admitting 96% of its students from state schools, (24 03 2020,) Justin Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Future First said:
‘Mansfield College’s outreach work has redressed the entry inequality between state and private schools and is to be applauded but more work must be done to rebalance access to higher education nationally.
‘Future First’s partnership with the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) aims to increase the number of young people from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education by 2020 in areas where take up of higher education is low.
‘By helping schools build thriving alumni communities and bringing back former students with experience of higher education as positive role models, the current generation is more motivated, confident and equipped to benefit from the opportunities higher education can offer and more aware of a world beyond their own.’
For more information visit www.futurefirst.org.uk or call 0207 239 8933.