Which Oxford colleges tend to be the most left wing in regards to tutors?

Watch
AspidistraCrashd
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 3 weeks ago
#1
I'm applying for PPE at Oxford this October and was hoping if any current students could lend their insights into the political leanings of their politics and economics tutors. Oxford's got a reputation of being fairly right wing, ignoring students ofc, and I assume that's reflected in the colleges' tutors.

Whilst I think my personal statement is reasonably balanced and mentions an open mindedness to the political and economic views of others, I'm still a bit worried that a tutor will be dismissive of the texts and writers I cite as influences (Kropotkin, Chomsky, Marx, Paul Mason, ect.).

So, to avoid that potentially coming up, does anyone know which colleges tend to have tutors who are interested, or at least tolerant of, those sorts of thinkers? Also, is it possible I'm over thinking this and have a relatively equal shot, regardless of the college?
0
reply
xBasedChris
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#2
Report 3 weeks ago
#2
Statistically academics are overwhelmingly left-wing.

You'll be fine.
1
reply
boulderingislife
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#3
Report 3 weeks ago
#3
(Original post by xBasedChris)
Statistically academics are overwhelmingly left-wing.

You'll be fine.
If that’s the case how come so many tories get into oxford/are educated at oxford? :holmes:

Boris, george osbourne, david cameron, theresa may, tony blair (he’s basically a tory (right wing nut job) etc. With so many left leaning tutors you’d think they’d try to affect the future direction of this country by only letting in leftist students!
Last edited by boulderingislife; 3 weeks ago
0
reply
AspidistraCrashd
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#4
Report Thread starter 3 weeks ago
#4
(Original post by xBasedChris)
Statistically academics are overwhelmingly left-wing.

You'll be fine.
I always thought Oxford was Hayek and Cambridge was Keynes, with the faculty being, at the most, liberals or progressives with mostly centrist economic views.
0
reply
xBasedChris
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#5
Report 3 weeks ago
#5
(Original post by boulderingislife)
If that’s the case how come so many tories get into oxford/are educated at oxford? :holmes:

Boris, george osbourne, david cameron, theresa may, tony blair (he’s basically a tory (right wing nut job) etc. With so many left leaning tutors you’d think they’d try to affect the future direction of this country by only letting in leftist students!
Meanwhile, a vast majority of students are left-wing.
0
reply
boulderingislife
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#6
Report 3 weeks ago
#6
(Original post by xBasedChris)
Meanwhile, a vast majority of students are left-wing.
Why are there so many tory politicians then?
0
reply
liverninthered
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#7
Report 3 weeks ago
#7
No one knows which colleges have more left wing tutors. More importantly, it doesn't matter. The PPE application system is much too sophisticated to select students based on who they mention in their personal statement. So yes you are overthinking it.

(Original post by boulderingislife)
Why are there so many tory politicians then?
Plenty of Labour MPs also went to Oxford.

And that a now powerful group of Tories went to Oxford 30 years ago tell us nothing about the current student body- which, poll results show, is broadly left/centre-left.
1
reply
robertgallacher
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#8
Report 3 weeks ago
#8
I'd recommend looking at Mansfield. The academics will broadly be the same whichever college you choose, and it's likely that you'll be taught be academics from a variety of colleges, however Mansfield seems very keen on increasing diversity and equality of opportunities (it has by far the largest proportion of state school students, for example) and the student population may be similar in that regard.
0
reply
Lazarevic
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#9
Report 3 weeks ago
#9
(Original post by AspidistraCrashd)
I'm applying for PPE at Oxford this October and was hoping if any current students could lend their insights into the political leanings of their politics and economics tutors. Oxford's got a reputation of being fairly right wing, ignoring students ofc, and I assume that's reflected in the colleges' tutors.

Whilst I think my personal statement is reasonably balanced and mentions an open mindedness to the political and economic views of others, I'm still a bit worried that a tutor will be dismissive of the texts and writers I cite as influences (Kropotkin, Chomsky, Marx, Paul Mason, ect.).

So, to avoid that potentially coming up, does anyone know which colleges tend to have tutors who are interested, or at least tolerant of, those sorts of thinkers? Also, is it possible I'm over thinking this and have a relatively equal shot, regardless of the college?
Hi, as long as you’re a female lesbian POC in a wheelchair you’ll be admitted to Oxford straight away, no questions asked. I don’t think you even need to interview last time I checked. Hope that helps.
0
reply
Confusedboutlife
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#10
Report 3 weeks ago
#10
(Original post by AspidistraCrashd)
I'm applying for PPE at Oxford this October and was hoping if any current students could lend their insights into the political leanings of their politics and economics tutors. Oxford's got a reputation of being fairly right wing, ignoring students ofc, and I assume that's reflected in the colleges' tutors.

Whilst I think my personal statement is reasonably balanced and mentions an open mindedness to the political and economic views of others, I'm still a bit worried that a tutor will be dismissive of the texts and writers I cite as influences (Kropotkin, Chomsky, Marx, Paul Mason, ect.).

So, to avoid that potentially coming up, does anyone know which colleges tend to have tutors who are interested, or at least tolerant of, those sorts of thinkers? Also, is it possible I'm over thinking this and have a relatively equal shot, regardless of the college?
All tutors will be tolerant of your thinking! PPE tutors will have spent more time than you can possibly imagine reading similar thinkers. Maybe have a look at tutors bios: they're often on the college website. Colleges that are stereotypically right-wing are Christ Church, Trinity and maybe Oriel. But you'll find your people at any college, and most Oxford colleges are thought to be left-wing, especially Mansfield and Wadham. I go to John's and all the PPE students in my year are centre-left or left-wing.
0
reply
Lazarevic
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#11
Report 3 weeks ago
#11
(Original post by Confusedboutlife)
All tutors will be tolerant of your thinking! PPE tutors will have spent more time than you can possibly imagine reading similar thinkers. Maybe have a look at tutors bios: they're often on the college website. Colleges that are stereotypically right-wing are Christ Church, Trinity and maybe Oriel. But you'll find your people at any college, and most Oxford colleges are thought to be left-wing, especially Mansfield and Wadham. I go to John's and all the PPE students in my year are centre-left or left-wing.
Please see the above post.
0
reply
OxFossil
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#12
Report 3 weeks ago
#12
(Original post by boulderingislife)
If that’s the case how come so many tories get into oxford/are educated at oxford? :holmes:

Boris, george osbourne, david cameron, theresa may, tony blair (he’s basically a tory (right wing nut job) etc. With so many left leaning tutors you’d think they’d try to affect the future direction of this country by only letting in leftist students!
As a student of Marx, you'll appreciate that people's political inclinations reflect their material and class position, and Gramsci will tell you about ideology and the balance of class forces. The influence of University tutorials comes a long way down the list

To address your specific question, you might want to shortlist a few colleges, then look at the college websites for their tutorial/teaching staff and their interests. But bear in mind, people listed as tutors might not be the people you have most of your tutorials with....
0
reply
boulderingislife
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#13
Report 3 weeks ago
#13
(Original post by OxFossil)
As a student of Marx, you'll appreciate that people's political inclinations reflect their material and class position, and Gramsci will tell you about ideology and the balance of class forces. The influence of University tutorials comes a long way down the list

To address your specific question, you might want to shortlist a few colleges, then look at the college websites for their tutorial/teaching staff and their interests. But bear in mind, people listed as tutors might not be the people you have most of your tutorials with....
I think you quoted the wrong person :holmes:
1
reply
OxFossil
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#14
Report 3 weeks ago
#14
(Original post by boulderingislife)
I think you quoted the wrong person :holmes:
By Jove, Holmes, you're right. Thank you.
(Original post by AspidistraCrashd)
I'm applying for PPE at Oxford this October and was hoping if any current students could lend their insights into the political leanings of their politics and economics tutors. Oxford's got a reputation of being fairly right wing, ignoring students ofc, and I assume that's reflected in the colleges' tutors.

Whilst I think my personal statement is reasonably balanced and mentions an open mindedness to the political and economic views of others, I'm still a bit worried that a tutor will be dismissive of the texts and writers I cite as influences (Kropotkin, Chomsky, Marx, Paul Mason, ect.).

So, to avoid that potentially coming up, does anyone know which colleges tend to have tutors who are interested, or at least tolerant of, those sorts of thinkers? Also, is it possible I'm over thinking this and have a relatively equal shot, regardless of the college?
At the application stage, I think it highly unlikely that ATs will be put off by an ostensibly 'left' or 'right' wing applicant. If you academics are excellent, and your PS makes good use of those references, they'll be interested.

By all means take a look at colleges' teaching staff and their biographies, but don't be too swayed by them in your choice of college.
0
reply
Estreth
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#15
Report 3 weeks ago
#15
No tutors are going to be dismissive of the influences you cite, regardless of their own political leanings, provided you talk about them intelligently.

It is true, as others have suggested, that academics lean much more left than right, and it is also true of Oxford specifically.
0
reply
Lazarevic
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#16
Report 3 weeks ago
#16
(Original post by Lazarevic)
Hi, as long as you’re a female lesbian POC in a wheelchair you’ll be admitted to Oxford straight away, no questions asked. I don’t think you even need to interview last time I checked. Hope that helps.
(Original post by Estreth)
No tutors are going to be dismissive of the influences you cite, regardless of their own political leanings, provided you talk about them intelligently.

It is true, as others have suggested, that academics lean much more left than right, and it is also true of Oxford specifically.
Hi there, please see above post for quick admission to Oxford
0
reply
Theloniouss
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#17
Report 3 weeks ago
#17
I imagine selection is based more on your ability to talk and think about their works intelligently than whether you're an icky Marxist or something.
0
reply
Lazarevic
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#18
Report 3 weeks ago
#18
(Original post by Theloniouss)
I imagine selection is based more on your ability to talk and think about their works intelligently than whether you're an icky Marxist or something.
Please see above post regarding admissions.
0
reply
xBasedChris
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#19
Report 2 weeks ago
#19
(Original post by boulderingislife)
Why are there so many tory politicians then?
Tens of thousands of people currently out in the world attended Oxford and similar institutions, a few MPs largely from the 1980s proves nothing.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Current uni students - are you thinking of dropping out of university?

Yes, I'm seriously considering dropping out (44)
15.88%
I'm not sure (8)
2.89%
No, I'm going to stick it out for now (98)
35.38%
I have already dropped out (4)
1.44%
I'm not a current university student (123)
44.4%

Watched Threads

View All
Latest
My Feed