Oxford University is to introduce a new programme modelled on a Trinity College initiative to tackle educational disadvantage.

The English university has announced that it will offer up to 50 places to low-income young adults under its new initiative, which is closely modelled on the Trinity College Foundation course. 

The one-year Trinity access course prepares students, both personally and academically, to go on to study at degree level.

The 20-year-old programme caters to young adults and mature students whose social, economic and cultural experiences might otherwise have prevented them from going to college.

Trinity College says that since 2016 staff on its access programme has worked closely with Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, on the development of a pilot Foundation Year for low-income students. 

Trinity College says that since its own course began in 1997 95% of participants have progressed to degree level studies.