Twelve Oxford Colleges have taken on just FIVE or fewer black undergraduates in the past three years – despite overall numbers increasing
- Oxford University data says the number of enrolled black students has increased
- Yet 12 colleges have accepted five of fewer black students in last three years
- The number of black students studying biology, history and politics remain low
- Professor Louise Richardson believes Oxford is making positive diversity steps
A dozen colleges at Oxford University have accepted five or fewer black undergraduates over the past three years.
Data revealed by the university’s Undergraduate Admissions Report reveals that the number of black students studying at Oxford has gone up but remains low in some areas.
The number of black British students admitted into the university compared to other ethnic backgrounds increased from 18.3 per cent to 22.1 per cent, while 3.2 per cent of students enrolled between 2017 and 2019 had Black African or Black Caribbean heritage.
Data from Oxford University (pictured) revealed that 12 of its colleges have accepted five or fewer black UK students over the past three years
The university’s vice-chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said: ‘The data presented clearly demonstrates steady progress towards diversifying the make-up of our student body.’
‘The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the deep education inequalities in our society.
‘We are acutely conscious of its differential impact both on our current students and on those considering applying to Oxford.
The number of black students studying at the university has increased during this period, with vice-chancellor Professor Louise Richardson stating that Oxford is making an effort to diversify its student population
‘Notwithstanding the major challenge of adapting to the constraints posed by the pandemic we fully intend to continue our progress towards ensuring that every talented, academically driven pupil in the country, wherever they come from, sees Oxford as a place for them.’
The data also revealed that the number of students from black and minority ethnic background remains low in some courses.
During the same time period, no black UK students were accepted onto to study geography, one was admitted to biology and just two for history and politics.
The university were planning to publish these statistics earlier this month but the move was delayed due to ‘world events’.
The focus surrounding treatment of black people in society has intensified following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota at the end of May, which has since sparked the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement across the globe.
Oxford’s Oriol College, which has admitted six black UK students in the last three years, voted to remove the statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes (pictured) from the city centre
Oxford’s Oriel College voted to remove the statue of imperialist alumni Cecil Rhodes in the city centre after significant protests in the area.
Over the past three years, only six black British students were accepted into the college.
The data also revealed that more 62.3 per cent of pupils accepted into Oxford over the past three years have come from state schools, compared to 55.6 per cent five years ago.
Meanwhile, 49 per cent of the admitted students come from London and the South East of England with 15 per cent coming from the north of England.