Oxford accused of bias against minority applicants

February 27, 2013

Oxford University has been accused by a Labour MP of "institutional bias" against black and ethnic minority applicants after data revealed that white applicants to some of the most competitive courses are up to twice as likely to be admitted as others, even when they get the same A-level marks. Figures for applications to Oxford in 2010 and 2011, obtained by The Guardian through a freedom-of-information request, showed that 25.7% of white applicants received an offer to attend Oxford, compared to 17.2% of students from ethnic minorities. The university says it is closely examining the phenomenon. "Oxford University is committed to selecting the very best students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or any other factor," a spokeswoman says. The Guardian