Cambridge alumnus Dom Clarke is working with local parents to break down myths about Oxford and Cambridge and encourage more students from the area to apply.
Mr Clarke, who studied at Trinity College Cambridge, is taking part in a podcast episode with parents as part of Trinity’s support of Parent Power Oldham – the community group seeking to empower themselves and embolden their high-achieving children to aim high.
Parent Power Oldham is a collaboration between Oldham Opportunity Area, Greater Manchester Higher, Citizens UK, the Women’s Chai Project (Oldham), and Trinity College.
Podcast episodes produced by and for parents seeking to break down perceived barriers to studying at leading universities and provide information and guidance about applying.
After qualifying as an accountant with Deloitte in London, Mr Clarke returned home where he is now Finance Director of the Marlborough Group, a local financial services company with 200 employees headquartered.
He studied Economics at Trinity, between 2002-2005.
He said: “I was approached by Trinity recently and they told me about the great work Parent Power Oldham are doing and I was very happy to help.
“I’d like to help dispel myths about Cambridge and encourage applicants from the North to go to Cambridge.
“I attended a comprehensive school and wasn’t trained or given extra tuition to get into university.
“I was lucky as one of my teachers took a real interest in myself and a few friends and took us to Cambridge for an open day.
“I enjoyed the trip, applied, and was fortunate enough to get a place at Trinity.
“Having Cambridge on my CV has opened doors for me and has helped me in my career.
“I firmly believe that Cambridge should be for the brightest minds regardless of their education prior to university.
“The delivery method of learning at Cambridge is very different to other universities, with students left to do a lot of reading and learning on their own, then catching up with professors in Supervisions (often one-or-two students to one with academics who are experts).