Oxford University admits need to improve student diversity after third of colleges accept handful of black applicants

The Independent is reporting that Oxford University has admitted it needs to do more to improve student diversity after figures reveal more than a third of its colleges admitted three or fewer black applicants over three years.

The proportion of black UK students admitted to Oxford last year was less than 2 per cent – and more than a quarter of colleges failed to admit a single black British student in some years between 2015 and 2017, a new report from the university shows. 

The proportion of black and minority ethnic UK students was 18 per cent last year, up from 14 per cent in 2013. But the proportion of black students alone only rose from 1.1 per cent to 1.9 per cent during the same period, the Annual Admissions Statistical Report reveals. 

Speaking on the Today programme, Labour MP Mr David Lammy said: “The truth is that Oxford is still a bastion of white middle-class southern privilege. That is what it is.”

“They have to explain why you are twice as likely to get in if you are white as if you are black and why you are more likely to get in if you are from the South than the North of England when you apply.”

Samina Khan, Oxford University’s director of undergraduate admissions said “We are not getting the right number of black people with the talent to apply to us and that is why we are pushing very hard on our outreach activity to make sure we make them feel welcome and they realise Oxford is for them.”

Mr Lammy, the former higher education minister, added: ““The underprivileged kid from a state school in Sunderland or Rochdale who gets straights As is more talented than their contemporary with the same grades at Eton or Harrow, and all the academic evidences shows that they fair outshine their peers at university too.”

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