More open university

Merton Council has created an official link with a college in Oxford University that shares its name.

The aim of the link between the borough and Merton College, Oxford University, is to encourage more state school pupils to apply to the University. The initiative will get underway when 12 Merton pupils visit Oxford on Monday 30 June.

The Year 12 pupils taking part in the visit have been selected as potential Oxford applicants and currently attend Merton schools with Sixth Forms; Ursuline, Wimbledon College and Merton College.

They will be shown around the college campus, meet undergraduates and take part in mock interviews by undergraduates currently studying the same subjects that interest the pupils. These include modern languages, fine art, law and medicine.

Sue Evans, Director of Education, Leisure & Libraries, said: “This is an excellent development with our namesake college in Oxford University and Councillor Horatio Cheng must be credited for setting the wheels in motion.

“We hope our schools involved will take part in many activities with the college every year and I wish the pupils taking part in the inaugural visit every success on the day and with their future studies.”

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Note to Editors: Merton College, Oxford was founded by Walter de Merton in 1264. He studied at the Priory that once stood at the Merton Abbey Mills site.