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Undergraduate admissions and access

4 May 2022

Lincoln is a friendly and inclusive college, where students from all backgrounds are valued and welcomed. As a College, we are committed to broadening access, not only to our community, but to higher education more generally and will continue to work towards this aim.

After the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, the College conducted an in-depth review of its admissions statistics as well as our access and outreach work. This review found that we needed to do more to encourage applicants from under-represented backgrounds to apply to Lincoln. To help us achieve our access aims, we appointed our first Access and Career Development Fellow, Dr Maryanne Saunders, shortly before the start of the 2021-2022 admissions round.  Since joining the College, Dr Saunders has been working alongside the Tutor for Admissions and our full-time Access Officer on a number of on-course support systems and ‘outreach’ programmes.

We are in the first stages of introducing an exciting and ambitious flagship programme. The College will launch Lincoln College Pathfinders in Summer 2022. Through this programme, we will work with pupils from our link regions in the East Midlands and Northamptonshire who are eligible for Free School Meals. Pathfinders will be part of Lincoln’s commitment to recruiting the best students from any and all backgrounds and encouraging applications from those who are currently under-represented at the University and in College.

In the light of the most recent admissions report, we are reaffirming our commitment to racial equality in College, with specific outreach issues being addressed following recommendations from our Anti-Racism Commission. Lincoln is part of Oxford NextGen and, alongside St Edmund Hall and Magdalen College, we continue to work with state school students from under-represented backgrounds in our link region of the East Midlands. We are also maintaining our strong connection with the Oxford for North East Consortium through our relationship with the Lord Crewe’s Charity.

In addition to these actions, Lincoln is able to offer a significant programme of bursaries and support for extracurricular activities to ensure that those joining our community are never disadvantaged because of a lack of financial means.

The steps we are taking to encourage a wider range of students to apply to the College will take time to reveal their full impact, and we welcome support in promoting these opportunities to young people and schools throughout the country.


Headshot of Lydia Matthews, a woman in a purple top and dark coat

Dr Lydia Matthews

  • Senior Tutor
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Headshot of Richard Little, a man in glasses and a dark blue shirt

Richard Little

  • Admissions Officer
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Headshot of Maryanne Saunders, a young woman in a grey suit jacket

Dr Maryanne Saunders

  • Access and Career Development Fellow
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Headshot of Andrew Miller, a man in a white and purple checked shirt

Andrew Miller

  • Access Officer
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Where next?

  • Discover more about our access and outreach workRead more
  • Find out about the financial support available at LincolnRead more
  • Find out about our next Open DaysRead more