Christ Church currently spends in excess of £90,000 in bursary/ hardship/ scholarship support, of which the majority is means related. This sum is additional to the support given by various trusts funds and has to be found from annual expenditure. The need for bursary support is growing as the impact of increased fees bites. Oxford University Opportunity Bursaries help, but are only applicable to restricted income categories, leaving a hardship trap for many who do not qualify.
Bursary support and needs blind admissions are the flip side of the coin to an admissions process free from quotas or social engineering. It is thus imperative that Christ Church builds up an endowment fund for a permanent solution to assisting those who without such financial support would otherwise be unable to accept the opportunity of an Oxford education.