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Is a Duke of Edinburgh award respected by oxbridge universities?
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They know what it is, yes. It won't make any REAL difference to your application though.
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They know what it is, yes. It won't make any REAL difference to your application though.
so i can assume that it makes a slight difference?
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so i can assume that it makes a slight difference?
It helps as any extracurricular activity does: it helps show you're a well-rounded person and not just a workaholic. I think they do respect it.
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They claim extra-curricular activites aren't taken into account but well who knows I suppose....
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why would you want something named after that racist ******* on your UCAS form?

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why would you want something named after that racist ******* on your UCAS form?

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It's not the name, it's the award that people care about.
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why would you want something named after that racist ******* on your UCAS form?
Twarrr, don't be so nasty about dear old Prince Philip.
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They claim extra-curricular activites aren't taken into account but well who knows I suppose....
erm......i think you'll find out they do?
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erm......i think you'll find out they do?
eh?
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Oh and yea they may well, I can only go on what the prospectus itself says, I'm not going to try and claim a monopoly on the truth.
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oxbridge, as far as i know, admit students entirely on an academic basis. extra curricular activities might make them think of you as yeah a more "well rounded" sort of person, but really the significant decisions are based on academic potential. possibly if having to choose between two really similar candidates it might swing it one way but to be honest they wont say "ooh a brownie volunteer, have her!".

and i decided not to do a duke of edinburgh award after hearing on the radio that he made school-children cry when he decided to schedule some shooting animals for fun in the field next to their school during their playtime hour. meanie!
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and i decided not to do a duke of edinburgh award after hearing on the radio that he made school-children cry when he decided to schedule some shooting animals for fun in the field next to their school during their playtime hour. meanie!
I don't think it was him personally, just that it was under his jurisdiction. Anyway I doubt that it did the children any harm.
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still, its not nice to make children cry.
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(Original post by covered farm wa)
oxbridge, as far as i know, admit students entirely on an academic basis. extra curricular activities might make them think of you as yeah a more "well rounded" sort of person, but really the significant decisions are based on academic potential. possibly if having to choose between two really similar candidates it might swing it one way but to be honest they wont say "ooh a brownie volunteer, have her!".
The amount of extra curricular activities et cetera may give some indication of how easily the applicant achieves the relatively easy school exams...

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still, its not nice to make children cry.
Prince phillip has done far worse than making kids cry. I would be surprised if he's done one state visit where he hasn't offended all the people that live in the country he's visiting.

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i decided not to do a duke of edinburgh award after hearing on the radio that he made school-children cry when he decided to schedule some shooting animals for fun in the field next to their school during their playtime hour. meanie!
It's interesting to hear what people think of the Award. I am currently doing my Gold Award, and train 14/15 year olds to do their Bronzes. I'm disappointed that people view the Award as bad because of its connections with the Duke of Edinburgh. I wonder what they will think if, as expected, Prince Edward takes over as patron of the Award.
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Is a Duke of Edinburgh award respected by oxbridge universities?
Anything that proves what a great citizen you are is great! At my interview, the warden was interssted in my invlovenment with the socialist workers party, asked me lots about my gap year job etc etc. It won't get you a place, but many oxbridge colleges really do respect extra curricular stuff, as they want people who have varied interests. What I would say, is that certain colleges are more sporty, others more thespy etc. Certain colleges definately have a certain vibe, which has always made me believe that colleges really do have different criteria. Also, (rumour has it) that my college (ROBINSON) has started to select people it thinks will work really hard, as they are concerned with our position in the Tompkins table....as if anyone outside of Cambridge gives a damn. I will have my rant, because it really makes me laugh how much people go on about it. In the real world, it really doesn't matter whether your 2:1 is from Catz or Johns or Fitz etc
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invlovenment with the socialist workers party
why are you involved with them. The centralist tendency of their "democratic centralist" organisation won out during when it was still IS. I think they are disgraceful for making the concessions they have to MAB ad Galloway (who isn't even a socialist) no one who understands marxism would have anything to do with those bloody popular frontists. The rest of the left have been fighting agaianst their anti-intellectual attitude for years. I though people who were clever enough for Cambridge wouldn't be so stupid as to join the SWP. Sorry for the rant,

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I though people who were clever enough for Cambridge wouldn't be so stupid as to join the SWP. Sorry for the rant,

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as sad as it is, unfortunately intelligence is rather independent of political/world views. Of course there can be certain tendencies (for example, in germany most intellectual people vote the Green Party), but mostly intelligence does not affect who you will support - Albert Einstein himself believed in God, although he was a scientist who should have been completely rational about some of the Bible's rubbish (sorry if i am offending anyone).
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