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How would you rank the following universities in term of poshness?

As the title says, how would you rank the poshness of the following universities?

Oxford
Cambridge
Edinburgh
St Andrews
Durham
Bristol
Exeter

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Lowest % of entrants from state schools (2020 entry only universities with >100 entrants)
1 Durham 61.6%
2 St Andrews 63.1%
3 Edinburgh 64.5%
4 Exeter 65.5%
5 Imperial 65.8%
6 Royal Agricultural University 67.2%
7 UCL 67.6%
8 Oxford 68.7%
9 LSE 69.6%
10 Cambridge 70.0%
11 Oxford Brookes 71.1%
12 Bath 72.8%
13 Bristol 73.0%
14 Newcastle 76.6%
15 Nottingham 80.2%
16= Loughborough 80.7%
16= Warwick 80.7%
18 Leeds 82.3%
RADA (yes THAT RADA) sits here
19 KCL 82.9%
20 Manchester 83.8%

UK average 90.2%

source https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/performance-indicators/widening-participation
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Original post by PQ
Lowest % of entrants from state schools (2020 entry only universities with >100 entrants)
1 Durham 61.6%
2 St Andrews 63.1%
3 Edinburgh 64.5%
4 Exeter 65.5%
5 Imperial 65.8%
6 Royal Agricultural University 67.2%
7 UCL 67.6%
8 Oxford 68.7%
9 LSE 69.6%
10 Cambridge 70.0%
11 Oxford Brookes 71.1%
12 Bath 72.8%
13 Bristol 73.0%
14 Newcastle 76.6%
15 Nottingham 80.2%
16= Loughborough 80.7%
16= Warwick 80.7%
18 Leeds 82.3%
RADA (yes THAT RADA) sits here
19 KCL 82.9%
20 Manchester 83.8%

UK average 90.2%

source https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/performance-indicators/widening-participation

I swear this order hasn't much changed for 20-odd years.
Original post by Reality Check
I swear this order hasn't much changed for 20-odd years.

Oxford and Cambdridge used to be right at the top with ~40%
Newcastle used to be in the top 5
Original post by PQ
Oxford and Cambdridge used to be right at the top with ~40%
Newcastle used to be in the top 5

Interesting - Oxbridge have done pretty well in that case. I always thought Oxford had significantly more independent-sector students than Cambridge did, but that's obviously not the case.
In fact because I'm sad (and it's on the same webpage) "top" 20 for 2015 entry:
1 RAU 49.1%
2. Oxford 55.7%
3 St Andrews 56.7%
4 Durham 60.4%
5 Bristol 61.4%
6 Cambridge 61.9%
7 Imperial 65.6%
8 UCL 68.4%
9 Exeter 68.5%
10 Edinburgh 69.8%
11 LSE 71.7%
12 Bath 73.5%
13 Oxford Brookes 74.6%
14 Newcastle 76.5%
15 Warwick 77.1%
16 KCL 77.3%
17 Nottingham 79.2%
18 St George's London 79.6%
19 Leeds 79.7%
20 Aberdeen 79.9%

UK average 90.2%
1) St Andrews
2) Edinburgh
3) Exeter
4) Durham
5) Bristol
6) Cambridge
7) Oxford
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I don't know Oxford has done so well in this. It's a pity some institutions never change.
I didn't even think Bristol was that posh, surprised it ranks so high.
Interesting to see that Exeter and Edinburgh have got worse
1. Durham
2. Oxford
3. Cambridge
4. Edinburgh
5. St Andrews
7. Exeter
8. Bristol
Original post by Reality Check
I swear this order hasn't much changed for 20-odd years.

Wasn’t Exeter much higher? Or does it get some local students?
Original post by ajj2000
Wasn’t Exeter much higher? Or does it get some local students?

I supposed it could get some students from the SW who want to stay locally - and yes, it seems that Exeter has always had a bit of a reputation for being quite 'rah'. I don't know if it's a deserved reputation, as I don't know many people who've been there. @artful_lounger is probably better placed to answer that :smile:
Original post by Reality Check
I supposed it could get some students from the SW who want to stay locally - and yes, it seems that Exeter has always had a bit of a reputation for being quite 'rah'. I don't know if it's a deserved reputation, as I don't know many people who've been there. @artful_lounger is probably better placed to answer that :smile:


Definitely very upper middle class when I went there - a sea of gillets everywhere to be seen...and by the look of things, even more so now :tongue: Lots of "gap yah" types, and those who went to fancy private schools but in spite of their weekly Oxbridge interview prep classes and so on, still ended up at Exeter somehow (there was an Etonian in my cohort for example). Of course it wasn't all upper middle class WASPs, but there was a large enough majority it did inescapably colour one's entire experience of the uni, for better or worse (the latter in my opinion...).
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Original post by artful_lounger
Definitely very upper middle class when I went there - a sea of gillets everywhere to be seen...and by the look of things, even more so now :tongue: Lots of "gap yah" types, and those who went to fancy private schools but in spite of their weekly Oxbridge interview prep classes and so on, still ended up at Exeter somehow (there was an Etonian in my cohort for example). Of course it wasn't all upper middle class WASPs, but there was a large enough majority it did inescapably colour one's entire experience of the uni, for better or worse (the latter in my opinion...).

Crikey, that sounds like the village in which I live - we only have one non-white person, and she's the nice lady who runs the shop and post office :eek:
Most of UCL were pretty much (international) posh students.
Original post by Reality Check
I supposed it could get some students from the SW who want to stay locally - and yes, it seems that Exeter has always had a bit of a reputation for being quite 'rah'. I don't know if it's a deserved reputation, as I don't know many people who've been there. @artful_lounger is probably better placed to answer that :smile:

I think they are making some efforts to change that - I know someone in Devon who they tried really hard (mentoring, summer schools) to get to apply for Law despite her doing 2 BTECs and 1 A level as she was on FSM with an alcoholic mother. In the end she decided it was all too different to her life in Paignton and she works in a Morrisons café,
Original post by _gcx
I didn't even think Bristol was that posh, surprised it ranks so high.

Bristol is top for a number of courses and attracts the private school studnets who think they are too cool for durham or exeter. It just because bristol has some rough parts and a rave scene like manchester that you do not think its very posh but if you visit where the uni is its very posh. Bristol uni buildings are some of the nicest in the uk
Original post by riker123
Bristol is top for a number of courses and attracts the private school studnets who think they are too cool for durham or exeter. It just because bristol has some rough parts and a rave scene like manchester that you do not think its very posh but if you visit where the uni is its very posh. Bristol uni buildings are some of the nicest in the uk

Totally - it is very posh (proper posh as opposed to wealthy), with a lot of Oxbridge rejects.
Original post by riker123
Bristol is top for a number of courses and attracts the private school studnets who think they are too cool for durham or exeter. It just because bristol has some rough parts and a rave scene like manchester that you do not think its very posh but if you visit where the uni is its very posh. Bristol uni buildings are some of the nicest in the uk


They've been reducing private school intake since some of the private schools started boycotting them for their contextual admissions policy about 10 years ago. So getting less posh by the year.

Bath and Oxford Brookes both get more private school kids than Bristol
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