In a year past that has been characterised by a high degree of gloom and anxiety, there is something specially luminous and optimistic about Linacre and its work. For the Institute exists to light lamps in the mind which flicker then flare and are never extinguished — the flame of what Albert Einstein once called a “holy curiosity".
A glowing Ucas study has concluded that Linacre’s work is revolutionising students’ university chances. On almost every measure, Linacre’s impact on students’ destinations was “very significantly high”.
New Board Member for Linacre
We are thrilled that Henry Davies of 106 Communications has just been appointed to our Board of Trustees. Henry was the first in his family to go to University, winning a place at Oxford to read English. He has worked in communications for over 20 years and runs his own Communications and Marketing business based in London. He will be a fantastic addition to the Board, bringing with him an important new expertise and a passion for social mobility. Henry said "I'd hope to be useful to Linacre in helping to promote the Institute and build its reputation, and encourage more people and companies to help transform the lives of people (a little bit like me)". We welcome him warmly.
First Corporate Sponsor for Linacre
It was announced this week, that law firm, CMS, is to become Linacre's first corporate sponsor. As well as providing us with financial support, they have a wealth of knowledge in working with young people from social mobility cold spots and helping them to reach their potential and flourish. We are currently working on a mentoring programme with them for those Linacre students who are interested in a career in law. We are really excited about their involvement and look forward to working with them.
5th Reach Higher programme
We are excited to be starting the interview process for our 2018 cohort of students for what will be our 5th Reach Higher Programme! The interview process is always really interesting and fun and we hope that this year's group will be as energetic as the last. To our outgoing cohort, who are approaching the final stages of their A level preparations with some fantastic University offers in hand, we wish you the very best of luck and look forward to hearing news of your results in due course.
The access chasm dividing north and south England is huge, new figures reveal.
A child growing up in parts of southern England is 15 times more likely to reach a leading university than one in a Linacre target area, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Labour MP David Lammy.
It has been an intriguing few months, with more success for our students but also new research showing just how much northern students need expert support.