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Cambridge University just accepted more black male students than Eton alumni for the first time in its history


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For the first time in 808 years, Cambridge University has admitted more black male students than applicants from prestigious public school Eton.

Recently revealed admission statistics have shown that in 2016, 39 black students enrolled in undergraduate courses at Cambridge, compared to 38 ex-Eton students. Despite the low number, this figure is actually the highest ever for the institution, increasing from 38 in 2015 and 35 a year earlier, and is the first time ever that more black male students have been admitted than Eton alumni.

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Speaking about the news the president of the University's African Caribbean Society, Oreoluwa Ogunbiyi, warned that "these results offer little to be celebrated" and that "we mustn't forget that we still have a very long way to go to remedy the lack of racial diversity at universities."

Certainly, given that the total number of students accepted into undergraduate places at the university was 2,622 this year, and the vast majority of 2,037 were recorded as white, a total of 38 black male students remains a clear minority.

Equally, other ethnic minorities accepting undergraduate places in 2016 were particularly low with 35 of those accepted identifying as British-Pakistani and just none being recorded as Asian or Asian British-Bangladeshi.

The news also comes after a photo showing 14 of the 15 black men accepted into Cambridge in September 2015 went viral online, sparking debate over whether the university is to be blamed for the clear lack of ethnic representation within the institution.

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