Disciple of Marduk
- Aug 24, 2001
- HM The Tower of London
Is Cambridge different then, inclusivity-wise, or do you know? I ask because there were a couple of experiences in my family that seemed to indicate they weren't so keen on it.
Oxford has particular features to help new students fit in and access support.
I| can give a couple of examples:
First year students have to live on-site, incidentally in the city's most photogenic buildings, so they're close to all the University facilities.
A couple of nights after Escet arrived I rang him to check up, and he was in a rush to get to the Trinity Beer Cellar for cocktails!
It was 100 yards from his front door.
By contrast, when Escet was in his first year at Oxford he had friends at Cambridge whose accommodation was some way out. It was harder for them to join in things.
(Around the same time I knew parents of teenagers who were also looking at universities and were hoping their kids chose Liverpool as the first year accommodation there was newly built and safe as Fort Knox!)
Oxford also has the 'Mum and Dad' scheme wherein a new student has two older student mentors, one the same sex as they are and one reading the same subject. Escet could ask them for guidance and I'm sure he did.
He also had university staff on hand keeping a discreet eye, such as his treasured Scout and the highly capable Porters. This is an advantage of having to live on-site. Off-site residents won't have that.