Ethnic minorities 'less likely to receive offers' from UK universities
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Research from the London School of Economics (LSE) has shown that applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to receive university offers than white British applicants. The research looked at 50,000 UCAS applications of students living in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) and took into account academic record, gender, family social class and the type of school attended. It found that the disparity was most pronounced for applicants of Pakistani ethnicity, who received seven fewer conditional offers on average than their white British peers, with Bangladeshi and black African candidates receiving five fewer offers. Other groups, including Indian and Chinese, are also less likely to receive offers. The study concludes that it is “plausible” that these differences in offers received could be due to direct racial discrimination from the universities, an argument given further weight by the fact that mixed-race students have a similar success rate to white British applicants." Released today the study, Black and Minority Ethnic Access to Higher Education: A Reassessment, suggests that universities could be discriminating based on names, which has led Jeremy Crook, director of the Black Training and Enterprise Group, to call for nameless applications through UCAS.
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