Stormzy: More black students being accepted at Cambridge

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For the first time, black students made up more than 3 per cent of the undergraduate intake, which is reflective of wider United Kingdom society, the university said.

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

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Cambridge's data shows that 91 black students have been admitted to the university this year, up around 50% from 61 who started courses last autumn (2018/19).

Previous year almost 12,000 UK-based students applied for undergraduate places at Cambridge, of which 3,378 were given offers and 2,574 accepted.

UCAS figures shown that, as of 12 September, 33, 730 black British students and colleges, meaning black students made up 7.9% of acceptances across the country in total. Campaigning from student societies to promote the university, along with outreach by Black students, has also contributed to this change.

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Over a quarter (26.8 per cent) of all undergraduates at Cambridge are now from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Senior pro-vice-chancellor Professor Graham Virgo said yesterday: 'The university has worked hard to get the message out that it is a welcoming place for students regardless of their ethnicity.

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

Wanipa Ndhlovu, President of the university's African-Caribbean Society, said: "This is really good news and is a testament to the hard work that ACS, as well as the University, has been putting in to break down perceptions".

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

However, Cambridge has faced heavy criticism in the past for not admitting enough black students. A Sutton Belief report revealed in December final 12 months discovered that even when college students in state faculties had been attaining the identical grades as their personal faculty counterparts, they had been much less more likely to apply to Oxford or Cambridge.

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