Rise in number of black students admitted to Cambridge University

12 Octobre, 2019, 06:43 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Cambridge report on their website that 91 black British students have been admitted in the 2019/20 academic year, the near 50% rise in admissions means that there will be 200 black undergraduates studying at Cambridge - something they refer to as "an all-time high".

Wanipa Ndhlovu, the president of the university's African-Caribbean Society, said: "It should send out a signal to other black students that they can find their place at Cambridge and succeed".

The Universities Minister Sam Gyimah criticised its "staggering" failure to attract more students who are black or from less privileged backgrounds.

For the primary time, the proportion of black college students at Cambridge has risen above three per cent to three.5 per cent, reflecting the overall inhabitants (three.5 per cent of the English inhabitants is black), a change which some have attributed at the very least partially to the August 2018 announcement from Stormzy, the award-winning rapper, that he would fund tuition charges and residing prices for 2 black college students annually. The university has said these figures reflect the wider make up of British society.

UCAS figures (as of 12 September 2019) show that 33,730 Black British students have been accepted on degree courses at British colleges and universities. Between 2012-2017, some Cambridge colleges admitted no black students, with six out of the 29 undergraduate colleges taking fewer than 10 black students. "Since then the University has seen an increase in the number of black students engage in its outreach activities and enquire about its courses".

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Prof. Graham Virgo, Cambridge's, of his undergraduate students Senior Vice-Chancellor for Education, said: "Th is a record of success and hardship".

"We have achieved this without any reduction in offer levels or provision of preferential treatment".

The proportion of black students among Cambridge freshers reflects the United Kingdom population for the first time.

"There is still much more work to do to sustain this, especially given the reality that under 21s are considerably more ethnically diverse than the general population. Radical reforms are still required if Britain's top universities are to get the best talent, regardless of background, school, geographical location and class".

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