Oxbridge admissions figures show 4/5 of students are white

December 19, 2011

Statistics from the 2010-11 academic year show that more than four-fifths of students admitted to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge were white. The incoming head of the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills says the figures "clearly show that (state) schools aren't doing enough to encourage black and ethnic minority students to apply to the top universities." An Oxford spokeswoman says the institution wants "talented black students to know they are welcome at Oxford, and that although we are not as ethnically diverse as some universities, this is not such an overwhelmingly white community as has been painted." Meanwhile, Cambridge highlights a long-term trend at the institution. It says that 15% of students currently studying at the university are from an ethnic minority, up from just 5% in 1989. Times Higher Education