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We applaud the rise in state-sector intake across Oxford University and are glad to see individual colleges praised (Report, 16 January). Perhaps Mansfield College deserves a mention. In a quietly radical fashion, we have led the way in Oxford access for 20 years. Our state intake has been over 80% for 10 years and over 90% since 2016. And more than 90% of our state-sector intake this year is from non-selective schools – a meaningful statistic for Oxford University.
Senior tutor, Mansfield College, Oxford
• Some years ago I attended a clergy conference in Wales, where an American visitor was using air purification processes as analogies for how parish priests should safeguard themselves in particularly toxic situations (Letters, 17 January). “It is vital,” he declared, “to ensure you have quick access to the right sort of scrubbers.” The laughter that followed was memorable.
Rev Canon (Retd) Adrian Copping