Moving the dialogue surrounding Oxbridge BME students beyond Lammy’s ‘social apartheid’ narrative

“Social apartheid”, “fiefdoms of privilege”, “centuries of entrenched privilege” – such are the damning, yet also all too familiar, condemnatory remarks recently aimed at Oxford and Cambridge by MP David Lammy. According to Lammy: “Only one in four Cambridge colleges made offers to black British students in every year between 2010 and 2015 […] And each year […]

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Is there really “social apartheid” in Oxford admissions? – Implications of data uncovered by David Lammy

Ever feel like everyone at Oxford is from London? Or at least say they’re from London so as not to confuse clueless northerners with alien territories such as ‘High Wycombe’, ‘Crawley’, or the most fabled of them all – ‘Guildford’. Well, truth is, that’s because they kind of are. Taking the almost unanimously stretched definition of ‘London’ as meaning all of Greater London and the Southeast, […]

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Oxonian named Britain’s ‘top black student’

A St Hugh’s Neuroscience student has been honoured with the 2013 ‘Rising Stars’ award, and named the UK’s top black student. Melvin Mezue, a D Phil candidate, topped a list of Britain’s highest achieving black or mixed heritage undergraduates and postgraduates. He was awarded the 2013 ‘Rising Stars’ award on the 11th of July in […]

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