Cambridge Uni admits it needs help with increasing diversity after some colleges accepted ZERO black students
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The University of Cambridge has said it needs help with increasing the number of black British students it takes on after a freedom of information request revealed how some colleges admitted no black British students between 2012 and 2016.
The freedom of information request by the Financial Times has exposed Cambridge Uni’s shocking low levels of diversity when it comes to the students they enrol and has added to growing criticism the elite institution is not doing enough to improve things.
Cambridge has 29 undergraduate colleges, however, between 2012 and 2016 six accepted fewer than ten black British or mixed-race students.
St Edmund’s College turned down every single one of the 30 applications it received from black applicants, while Downing College received 95 applications and accepted between eight and ten of those.
The higher education institution has admitted they need help when it comes to increasing diversity: "Ultimately the university isn't going to be able to bring about this change on its own. We need the support of schools and parents too," a spokesperson said.
Cambridge isn’t the only top uni with poor student diversity; last year Oxford University released data which showed that in 2015 10 out of their 32 colleges did not award a place to a black British pupil with A-Levels.
Commenting on the diversity issues at Oxbridge, universities minister Sam Gyimah, who is black and studied at Oxford, told The Daily Telegraph: "It is staggering that we have the best minds in our universities and we still do not know what the best way is when it comes to applications."