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15 July 2019 Published in World News

OXBRIDGE IS NOT THE GOLD STANDARD FOR GRADUATE TALENT AND ABILITY – EMPLOYERS NEED TO START LOOKING ELSEWHERE

Why are Oxbridge students so dominant in the upper reaches of certain professions? Many will say it’s because so many smart children tend to go there. But it’s not the whole story

Oxbridge seems to recruit extraordinarily heavily from a small group of southern private schools (presumed to include Eton and Westminster) according to a new analysis by the estimable Sutton Trust.

So what? Why do we care?

The answers probably seem obvious. An Oxbridge education appears to unlock the upper echelons of the British establishment. As work by the Sutton Trust has previously shown, a startlingly high proportion of judges, senior civil servants, business executives, cabinet members and journalists (disclosure: I went to Oxford) were educated at those two quadrangle-festooned institutions of higher education.

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