The Independent is reporting that the number of black students starting at the prestigious institution has risen by nearly 50 per cent in the past year – from 61 in 2018-2019 to 91 this academic year.
For the first time, the proportion of black students has risen above 3 per cent and figures show there will be more than 200 black undergraduates studying at Cambridge in 2019-20 – which is an all-time high.
It comes after grime artist Stormzy announced last year that he would pay the tuition fees and living costs for two black British students each year for the duration of their study at Cambridge.
But the latest figures from Cambridge also show that the number of UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) undergraduate students admitted to the university has reached a new record – of 26.8 per cent.
Professor Graham Virgo, senior pro-vice-chancellor (education), said: “It is also a credit to the hard work put in by admissions staff across the University and Colleges in running various outreach activities, and the positive campaigns run by our student societies and external partners. We have achieved this without any reduction in offer levels or provision of preferential treatment.”
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