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Taking action in higher education

UCU responds to Oxbridge academies snub

3 December 2007 | last updated: 14 December 2015

UCU today responded to reports that Oxford and Cambridge universities have turned down government attempts to persuade them to adopt the controversial academy programme.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'UCU is a leading proponent of widening participation in our universities and we welcome positive steps to attract a broader mix of students. However, opening up access to universities is about securing a level playing field so the most able students, not just the privileged, have an equal and fair chance of studying at their institution of choice.

'UCU members are not convinced that an academy programme which creates pockets of privilege is the best way to improve the life chances of all our children or to ensure that opportunities in higher education are available to all based on ability.'