Although criteria, nothing radical has been done. And nowadays, black applicants are treated in the same way as similar “unsuitable” elements. For these and other reasons, I am ashamed to be a product of this disgusting medieval institution, although I must admit that the education I received at Oxford was unsurpassable.
PS I’ve often wondered what became of Tony Moon.
A key instance of the eternally recurring circuit of privilege on which admission to the institutions of governance and the leading professions (including the national press and broadcasting) subsequently depends, the racially and socially asymmetrical recruitment practices of Oxford colleges are not unique. In truth, the “social apartheid” David Lammy (again) speaks of as “utterly unrepresentative” of the demographic profile of contemporary society is demonstrably, utterly representative of the real forces and relations shaping “life in modern Britain”. As a cohort, Guardian journalists, for example, fully reflect the preponderance of Oxbridge graduates comprising opinion-forming elites in this country. Reform of the cultural biases affecting recruitment in each of these locations is long overdue. What measures, one wonders, might the Guardian for their part be taking to address the protocols of systemic imbalance it too contributes to routinely reproducing all the way through?