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Krishnan Guru-Murthy: I went to school in Blackburn and so going to a place like Oxford was just extraordinary. And the dreaming spires you know do have a very impressive effect on you as an adult or as a child. My dad took us to Oxford when we were kids when I was a young boy and as an immigrant doctor it was one of those pillars of learning that he desperately wanted us to have a chance of going to. And so it just became part of what we hoped for and dreamed about. Ultimately. The best thing about being Oxford is the people you're with. You're with a really interesting bunch of bright people who come from all over the place, all over the world often. I never felt when I was at Oxford that I was stuck away in some little ivory tower. I was in a city, which happened to have one of the best universities in the world. You produce a huge amount of written work but you also have a lot of oral skills and debating your work, debating ideas, debating other people's ideas. I think those are the best tutorials you know when actually you're kind of working all together. You've got a tutor throwing out ideas and questioning things but actually you and your tutorial partners are talking about things together and that is very much akin to any modern workplace you know where you're going to be producing work but also discussing it, trying to fit it into other people's strategies, learning to work in teams. The skills that I gained in terms of processing information expressing it my own way, you know, crystallizing arguments and then learning to defend them. You couldn't ask for a better training ground for journalism or politics and as I work in political journalism a lot of the time, those skills were invaluable. My advice if you are vacillating and wondering what to do, just apply. You know whatever you're worried about with regard to Oxford it's probably not true. There are loads of different Oxford experiences and you can find the one that will suit you. I think you've got to go in there you know, just open and honest about your experience, your knowledge and hope that they will see a spark they want to develop and help.