Undergraduate admissions and access
11 May 2021
Over the last six months the College has conducted a full review of its access and outreach work. In this review we scrutinised the previous six years’ worth of admissions statistics and examined our outreach provision and governance structures. From our Access and Outreach Review we have identified a number of areas for improvement, and our conclusions have been reinforced by the University’s recent Annual Admissions Statistical Report.
We are committed to increasing the number of applications from state school candidates and have identified a number of concrete steps that we are already taking to help us realise this goal. In partnership with other Oxford colleges, we have recently launched Oxford NextGen in our link region of the East Midlands, an initiative designed to target state school students from underrepresented backgrounds. We are also in the process of developing our own flagship programme.
The University Admissions Report also highlights a low number of BAME admissions to Lincoln. The Lincoln College Anti-Racism Commission has been examining our application rates and our approach to student recruitment; it will compile a report with recommendations to be considered in detail ahead of our next admissions cycle.
As a result of the findings documented in our Access and Outreach Review, the College is significantly increasing its investment in this area and we are currently recruiting a new Access and Career Development Fellow. The Fellow will contribute to strategic leadership and will work alongside the full-time Access Officer and our Tutor for Admissions to develop our provision in this area. This work will complement our existing programmes which target our link regions, including Oxford for East Midlands and Oxford for North East.
As a small college, we expect some annual variations in our admissions figures, but we clearly have work to do to achieve our core goal: to attract and recruit the best applicants from any and all backgrounds. With a welcoming environment, generous provision of bursaries and welfare resources, and many opportunities for academic and personal development, we strongly believe that Lincoln College has a lot to offer all students.
Lincoln welcomes students from all backgrounds, and our outreach programme works with state schools and colleges to encourage and provide guidance on applications to Lincoln and Oxford. As part of the University of Oxford’s regional outreach scheme, each college is linked to a particular region of the UK. In Lincoln’s case, we work particularly with schools from Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, although we accept applications from all regions and are happy to answer queries from schools across the UK.
Link colleges in adjoining areas have recently come together to create Oxford for UK regions. By working together, these groups of colleges aim to help more local students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education to make successful applications to Oxford. Lincoln works in partnership with Oxford for North East and is a member of Oxford for East Midlands.
Alongside this work, we provide study days for students in years 9-12 and their teachers, and you can find out more about these here. We also partner with Oxford Pathways to host school groups on day visits; work with Target Oxbridge – a programme for Year 12 BAME students; support UNIQ – the University’s flagship Access programme; and participate in a whole host of other events run by the University and other colleges.
The University Summer Open Days will be online again this year, and take place on Wednesday 30 June and Thursday 1 July. Lincoln College will be involved with the online Open Days this summer and will be holding Q&A sessions with subject tutors and current students. We hope you will be able to join us to learn more about living and studying at Lincoln! More information about our programme will be available in due course.
Oxford University has some of the most generous financial support for undergraduates anywhere in the UK. This is mostly through the Oxford Bursaries and the Crankstart Scholarships.
There is also an array of financial support available from Lincoln. In addition to the Oxford Bursaries, Lincoln provides a range of very generous bursaries, many of which are funded by alumni, ranging in value from £500-£7000 per annum. Students who receive these awards will normally do so annually during the course of their degree. In 2020-21, 20% of Lincoln students received a bursary.
Undergraduates at Lincoln College are offered accommodation in the heart of Oxford for the duration of their course. Our main sites are all within a ten minute walk of College and include the newly renovated and recently reopened Turl Street Mitre.
We try to keep accommodation costs reasonable, and undergraduates only pay rent during term time (unless they have chosen to stay in College over the vacation period or are on a year-long contract). Members of the same year group pay the same price, regardless of the room, and a housing ballot (conducted by the students) ensures fairness. More information about undergraduate accommodation can be found here.
There are a huge number of student societies and clubs to get involved with at Lincoln College, and across the wider university. More information about what’s on offer can be found in our Living at Lincoln section. Some student activities, including the Lincoln Leads seminar series and the Lincoln Unites diversity week, have become permanent and much loved additions to the College calendar. Lincoln provides generous financial support to student initiatives, with funding available for sports, music, theatre, travel, and more.
We will soon be launching an online chat feature on the website, which will allow you to send questions to current Lincoln students, tutors, and members of the Admissions Office.
In the meantime, you can read testimonials from current students on the website here.
You can learn more about applying to Oxford from the Lincoln webpages here and the University webpages here. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the key UCAS dates and make a note of when the Oxford Open Days take place (the next ones are 30 June and 1 July 2021).
We welcome support from our alumni community. If you would like to help us with our access and outreach work, please complete this form.
We welcome questions from prospective students and you can send your enquires to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about our Admissions team, please see their profiles below.