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College defends fund demands
9:40am Friday 25th January 2013 in News
A college accused of discriminating against students on the basis of wealth yesterday defended its demands for financial guarantees.
Damien Shannon, 26, from Salford, is challenging St Hugh’s College in court for preventing him from taking a place on a masters degree course in economic and social history.
He said the college had sought guarantees that he had almost £13,000 for rent, bills and socialising on top of the £10,000 course fees.
St Hugh’s spokesman Kate Pritchard said: “Oxford University’s requirement that postgraduate students provide a financial guarantee in order to take up their course place is made clear to potential applicants.”