One in four BAME people in Britain want ‘name-blind’ university applications

More than a quarter of Bame Britons believe removing names from university applications would widen access, compared to less than a sixth of white Britons, research reveals. The Independent reports.

The majority of people in ethnic minorities (64 per cent) say more effort needs to be made to increase university applications from minority groups, according to data shared with The Independent.

Sector leaders are now calling for “name-blind” university applications to be looked at again in a bid to address concerns around unconscious bias.

The vice-chancellor of Oxford admitted that the institution’s intake still “reflects the deep inequalities” in society this week as figures revealed that less than a third of Oxford colleges admitted three or fewer black applicants in the past three years. 

The survey by Opinium, of more than 2,000 people weighted to be nationally representative, reveals that people from ethnic minority groups are more likely to identify a clear link between a good education and success – and yet only half of ethnic minorities feel that higher education is easily accessible to them.

Dr Zubaida Haque, deputy director of the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank, said it was not surprising people belonging to ethnic minorities felt name-blind university applications might improve their prospects.

Recent research carried out by academics based at Oxford University found that British citizens from ethnic minority backgrounds have to send, on average, 60 per cent more job applications to get a positive response from employers compared to their white counterparts.

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