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    Hi guys, recently got a letter from Downing saying that they won't be offering me an interview. Obviously I was gutted, but my college have told me that I should appeal on grounds of bias, and that I was misled whenever I asked them for information. They've told me to write a letter explaining how I was unfairly treated, and they've given me one to send with it. I know that it's very unlikely to be successful, but since I can't apply next year, has anyone got any advice on what I should say, or where it needs to be sent?

    Thanks in advance
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    I think your wasting both your time and Cambridge.


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    (Original post by KnapAttackUK)
    Hi guys, recently got a letter from Downing saying that they won't be offering me an interview. Obviously I was gutted, but my college have told me that I should appeal on grounds of bias, and that I was misled whenever I asked them for information. They've told me to write a letter explaining how I was unfairly treated, and they've given me one to send with it. I know that it's very unlikely to be successful, but since I can't apply next year, has anyone got any advice on what I should say, or where it needs to be sent?

    Thanks in advance
    What bias? How were you misled? Why can't you apply next year?
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    (Original post by KnapAttackUK)
    Hi guys, recently got a letter from Downing saying that they won't be offering me an interview. Obviously I was gutted, but my college have told me that I should appeal on grounds of bias, and that I was misled whenever I asked them for information. They've told me to write a letter explaining how I was unfairly treated, and they've given me one to send with it. I know that it's very unlikely to be successful, but since I can't apply next year, has anyone got any advice on what I should say, or where it needs to be sent?

    Thanks in advance
    How about you get a grip and move on ? If you desperately need the Oxbridge status in your life why don't you apply to Oxford next year. For now just stop wasting your time. Lol
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    They don't want you. Move on.
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    What bias? How were you misled? Why can't you apply next year?
    I don't think that my college is right calling it bias, but I have a genuine reason that I can't attend an interview on a certain few days. When I asked at the open day, and phoned them up, they said that my reason was enough for them to accept it and give me a fair chance. Unfortunately, the interview dates for my course are all when I can't make (I didn't know this when I applied) and I got a swift rejection letter. My school assumes that it's due to them not wanting to make an exception by inviting me for an interview at another time, or showing my application to other colleges.

    And my parents say that a gap year - even with me working - isn't financially possible
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    Just let it go. You got rejected, it happens.

    Are you going to appeal every time you get rejected from a job, from a relationship?

    Move on and apply elsewhere.
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    And everyone else, I know that I'm probably wasting my time, but my college is insistent that it's worth trying, and after going to an open day, applying early, phoning them to make sure I'm not disadvantaged by not being free to interview on some dates, I'm okay wasting a little bit more time on this
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    (Original post by KnapAttackUK)
    And everyone else, I know that I'm probably wasting my time, but my college is insistent that it's worth trying, and after going to an open day, applying early, phoning them to make sure I'm not disadvantaged by not being free to interview on some dates, I'm okay wasting a little bit more time on this
    It's unlikely you've been rejected because of it. Why don't you ask them why you've been rejected before appealing their decision based on an assumption?

    EDIT: What did you apply for, and what are your average UMS across your best three AS-Levels?
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    (Original post by KnapAttackUK)
    I don't think that my college is right calling it bias, but I have a genuine reason that I can't attend an interview on a certain few days. When I asked at the open day, and phoned them up, they said that my reason was enough for them to accept it and give me a fair chance. Unfortunately, the interview dates for my course are all when I can't make (I didn't know this when I applied) and I got a swift rejection letter. My school assumes that it's due to them not wanting to make an exception by inviting me for an interview at another time, or showing my application to other colleges.

    And my parents say that a gap year - even with me working - isn't financially possible
    OK, so you and your college are suggesting that Downing rejected you because you couldn't attend the interview. What is your academic profile? GCSE's, AS results, predicted grades etc?

    As for the finances, I can't really comment but I was under the impression that it was your responsibility to repay your loans rather than your parents?
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    (Original post by KnapAttackUK)
    And everyone else, I know that I'm probably wasting my time, but my college is insistent that it's worth trying, and after going to an open day, applying early, phoning them to make sure I'm not disadvantaged by not being free to interview on some dates, I'm okay wasting a little bit more time on this
    Go for it! Chances are nothing will happen but if there is even a little opportunity to change something then try your best! Good luck!
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    (Original post by KnapAttackUK)
    I don't think that my college is right calling it bias, but I have a genuine reason that I can't attend an interview on a certain few days. When I asked at the open day, and phoned them up, they said that my reason was enough for them to accept it and give me a fair chance. Unfortunately, the interview dates for my course are all when I can't make (I didn't know this when I applied) and I got a swift rejection letter. My school assumes that it's due to them not wanting to make an exception by inviting me for an interview at another time, or showing my application to other colleges.

    And my parents say that a gap year - even with me working - isn't financially possible
    You don't even know that's the reason. If they've previously said it's ok then it probably isn't the reason. You're claiming unfair treatment when so far you have nothing that proves that (and quite a bit that suggests otherwise)
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    OK, so you and your college are suggesting that Downing rejected you because you couldn't attend the interview. What is your academic profile? GCSE's, AS results, predicted grades etc?

    As for the finances, I can't really comment but I was under the impression that it was your responsibility to repay your loans rather than your parents?
    Mostly my college, I realise how competitive Cambridge is and no level of grade or personal statement guarantees entry, especially not mine. But I did get 11A*s and 2As at GCSE, and 3As and a B at AS. The three As were in maths, f. maths and physics, averaging 85-88% in all of them. I'm applying for physical NatSci, never had any serious discipline issues, high attendance, etc.

    And I don't really get it, but they've been fairly clear that if I take a year out, I can forget getting so much as a tenner off them for Christmas
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    (Original post by KnapAttackUK)
    Mostly my college, I realise how competitive Cambridge is and no level of grade or personal statement guarantees entry, especially not mine. But I did get 11A*s and 2As at GCSE, and 3As and a B at AS. The three As were in maths, f. maths and physics, averaging 85-88% in all of them. I'm applying for physical NatSci, never had any serious discipline issues, high attendance, etc.

    And I don't really get it, but they've been fairly clear that if I take a year out, I can forget getting so much as a tenner off them for Christmas
    AS UMS marks are a bit on the low side. You could quite easily have been in the 10-20% Cambridge reject pre-interview (which is largely done based on AS UMS - not GCSE).
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    The problem appears to be your UMS - which I believe is significantly lower than the average successful candidate.
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    Just accept the rejection - We all go through life being rejected at certain points...
    What were your GCSE's, AS Grades and UMS like?
    Also if you don't mind me asking, what were your reasons for not being able to attend multiple days? I'm putting off appointments with a heart specialist for my interview - If you wanted it that badly you would literally drop EVERYTHING to attend
    (Just opinion, obviously)

    Edit: Just seen your UMS... Maybe it's that? The standard is higher every year tbqh
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    People are saying that you should move on etc and just take the rejection. Honestly, if my first choice rejected me unfairly, I'd be enraged. It's definitely worth writing to them, calling them or even visiting the college and seeing if someone of authority will see you to speak about it. At least then, you'll have the peace of mind that you'd tried once more. I'd be prepared for the worst, but there is always a chance! Good luck
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    Just accept the rejection - We all go through life being rejected at certain points...
    What were your GCSE's, AS Grades and UMS like?
    Also if you don't mind me asking, what were your reasons for not being able to attend multiple days? I'm putting off appointments with a heart specialist for my interview - If you wanted it that badly you would literally drop EVERYTHING to attend
    (Just opinion, obviously)

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    I was happy to, but I'd sooner argue with Cambridge (where, in all probability, I'm never going near) than with my college.
    11A*s, 2As GCSE. 3As and a B, averaging 85-88%, predicted 2 A*s and an A.
    And it's a world youth championships which I would have considered not attending, had I not been told due to its importance and academic nature that they would do everything possible to avoid it being an issue
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    People are saying that you should move on etc and just take the rejection. Honestly, if my first choice rejected me unfairly, I'd be enraged. It's definitely worth writing to them, calling them or even visiting the college and seeing if someone of authority will see you to speak about it. At least then, you'll have the peace of mind that you'd tried once more. I'd be prepared for the worst, but there is always a chance! Good luck
    I'm fairly sure they've not treated me unfairly, but I would like to write a letter in case I get lucky and it changes anything, or even gets them to tell me that it was down to my UMS or something. Even if it does nothing (so 99% likely), I'll still be able to say I did the best I could. Cheers
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    (Original post by KnapAttackUK)
    I'm fairly sure they've not treated me unfairly, but I would like to write a letter in case I get lucky and it changes anything, or even gets them to tell me that it was down to my UMS or something. Even if it does nothing (so 99% likely), I'll still be able to say I did the best I could. Cheers
    That's exactly it. Don't have regrets. I'd demand an explanation from them if I genuinely believed I should have got an interview and didn't.
 
 
 
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