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Measures taken to boost Welsh students as Oxbridge

28/05/2014 Joanna
The Welsh government's deputy minister for skills and technology Ken Skates is visiting Oxford and Cambridge universities today (May 28th) in an attempt to find out how to increase the number of students from Wales studying at those institutions.

Recently, the number of Welsh students securing a place at Oxbridge dropped. A report setting out the reasons behind this trend and outlining steps that could be taken to improve the situation is set to be published in June.

Mr Skates will meet with admissions and outreach staff from Oxford University to discuss this report and its implications for Welsh students. He will also meet Welsh people currently attending the university in an attempt to find out how to encourage more students to apply.

Looking ahead to the meetings next week, the Deputy Minister said: "We have to make sure that our students have the confidence and aspiration to apply to these two institutions and that means giving them the information and support they need to make an informed decision."

He added that it is important to understand the reasons behind the decline in Welsh students going to Oxford and Cambridge.

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