Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge.

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The faculty stated “going blended” would open up locations to college students from under-represented backgrounds

A university on the College of Cambridge is to begin accepting each women and men aged 18 and over.

Lucy Cavendish is certainly one of three girls’s schools on the college and solely admits these over the age of 21.

It was arrange in 1965 to assist enhance feminine enrolment however will change its admission guidelines from October 2021.

The faculty stated it will permit it to “widen participation” by making extra locations out there for college kids from under-represented backgrounds.

Its president, Prof Dame Madeleine Atkins, stated: “Girls of all ages now have entry to all Cambridge schools as undergraduates, graduates and fellows.

“The demographics of participation in larger training have additionally modified, and there at the moment are comparatively fewer girls unable to go to college at 18 or 19, no matter their background.”

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Sandi Toksvig and Dame Judi Dench are among the many faculty’s honorary fellows

Nevertheless, some former college students stated on Twitter they had been disillusioned with the transfer, with one calling it “a really unhappy day”.

One wrote: “No one of their proper thoughts would argue with outreach actions however now Lucy shall be like each different Oxbridge School, as a substitute of the wonderful, distinctive place it was.”

One other stated: “I would not have dared compete with ‘regular age college students’ – I did not have the arrogance – however I did dare to use once I thought the scholars had been all mature girls.”

A spokesperson for Lucy Cavendish School stated it consulted greater than 2,500 folks, together with present college students, employees, alumnae and donors, and located “the overwhelming majority” supported the school “going blended”.

They stated it will nonetheless be capable to present women-only lodging and rooms in quieter areas for mature college students, in the event that they requested it.

The faculty, which affords programs together with drugs, English and regulation, counts actress Dame Judi Dench and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig amongst its honorary fellows.