Prof Lee Elliot Major pleads for Oxford to centralise its admissions (Oxbridge: Watchdog must now bare its teeth on admissions, 3 September). His characterisation of the existing system has lots of mistaken beliefs.
Professors currently set centrally concurred requirements for admissions, concur the structure by which these will be examined, reallocate applications in between colleges to guarantee that people have the very best possibility of admission, and concur a faculty-wide ranking of prospects, along with running numerous other elements of the workout. The main university runs the computer system systems that collaborate the procedure, along with arranging mandatory training for those marking admissions tests and carrying out interviews. While colleges stay the official confessing bodies, the concept that admissions are run independently by each college is a misconception.
Additionally, in popular topics, the procedure of choosing trainees currently needs nearly all members of the professors to be included. As almost as possible, for that reason, the system currently runs in the way that he appears to be requiring, other than that prospects might reveal a college choice. The systems run by each professors are developed to confess the leading prospects throughout the university, appreciating the choices of trainees when it concerns college option where possible. The college tutors who evaluate applications and carry out interviews themselves make up the professors– there is no different “department” to whom choice might be handed. They are one and the exact same.
Senior research study fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford
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