Oxford offers places for cash
- By: Helen Barratt
Oxford University is once again at the centre of controversy after a report in the Sunday Times which claimed that one of its colleges was prepared to offer a place to a student in return for a cash donation.1 An undercover reporter, posing as a wealthy banker, was allegedly told by senior staff at Pembroke College that they could create an extra place for his son in return for a donation of £300 000 ($430 000; õ490 000).
John Platt and Mary-Jane Hilton, the two fellows of the college involved, both resigned with immediate effect from all offices at the college. According to the article, in a covertly taped meeting, Platt agreed to create an extra place on the law course and hinted that similar deals had been struck in the past. The pair, who were not authorised to make admissions decisions, recommended that the donation be paid through a