CGHE Webinar 365

Has Oxbridge always been the key channel of elite formation in Britain?

Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2023 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Room A5.01, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way (in-person only)
Speaker(s):
  • Aaron Reeves, Oxford University
  • Sam Friedman, London School of Economics

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Oxbridge and Cambridge universities have long been considered the key educational channel of elite recruitment in the UK. In this paper we draw on a unique data set – 130 years of biographical data in Who’s Who, a unique catalogue of the British elite – to empirically interrogate this assumption. We find that Oxbridge has indeed had a longstanding stranglehold over elite formation in the UK, but its power has also waxed and waned. We show that its relative power declined significantly among those born in 1920s, 30s and 40s, at the same time as London elite universities began to become more powerful. However, significantly, we also show that Oxbridge has actually enjoyed a resurgence in propulsive power in recent decades, even as the social composition of Oxbridge has changed. Finally, we also show that Oxbridge do not function as elite switchboards in the same way for all students; those who enter from elite private schools have historically been more likely to reach elite positions as other students.

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