Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Oxford Bins Postgrad Financial Guarantee Policy: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Oxford Bins Postgrad Financial Guarantee Policy: News

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The University of Oxford has changed its postgraduate admissions policy so that students no longer have to prove that they can cover a recommended level of fees and living costs for the duration of their courses.

The change comes in the wake of the settlement earlier this year of legal proceedings brought against St Hugh's College, Oxford by Damien Shannon, an MSc applicant.

Mr Shannon claimed that the financial guarantee policy discriminated against poorer students and argued that he had enough money to cover the course fees, but not the living costs demanded by the college authorities. He said he could live on less than the Pounds 12,900 that the guarantee required.

Mr Shannon has since been offered a place at St Hugh's.

Under the new system, students must provide evidence that they have sufficient funding to cover fees for the first year of their courses, but need only give an "assurance" that they are able and willing to meet fees and living costs for the duration of their study.

The university is drafting its estimate of likely living costs for 2014- 15, which it plans to publish next month. …

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