Oxbridge Dreams

Leading sixth form college Oxbridge Tutorial College (OTC) in Lagos has signed a partnership agreement with London-based educational advice service Insight Education to raise aspirations among its pupils to apply to Oxford and Cambridge (“Oxbridge” means both in the UK), and other top UK universities.

While access to general UK universities is fairly well established in Nigeria, there is much less provision for access to the Russell Group (the top association of 24 prestigious British public research universities) and particularly Oxford and Cambridge. In 2014 only 2 from 132 Nigerian applicants were accepted to study at Oxford and none have been recorded for Cambridge since 2013. OTC will change that through running Insight Education’s OMS in-house and running its first Oxbridge Summer School this summer (3-8 August).

OTC aims to be THE centre of excellence in raising the aspirations of Nigerian students and develop the country’s leaders of the future. The Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme (OMS) is the brainchild of Oxford-educated Joyce Connell, Director of Insight Education.  She has built a track-record of helping students secure places at Oxford and Cambridge universities from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and those without a family history of studying there. Director Joyce Connell says that “At its heart, our approach is simple. Our OMS tutors stretch students beyond the school curriculum, nurture informed opinions, hone essay writing technique, and teach critical thinking and creative problem-solving. We’re looking forward to piloting our approach through Oxbridge Tutoring College.”