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Campaign For Racial Equality at Oxford University

Five top grades at A-level were not enough to win a Somalian girl a place, as university admits she was ‘disadvantaged’ by their admissions process

Oxford University has admitted that it bungled when it failed to offer an interview to a bright black student from one of Britain’s most deprived areas.

Somalian-born Fatima Yusuf, 19, had applied to study medicine at Merton College after obtaining the highest possible grades in five A-level subjects and 11 A* grades in her GCSEs. She was penalised by the university because she took five of her GCSEs as a 13-year-old — an achievement that would normally have indicated academic strength.

via Campaign For Racial Equality at Oxford University: The Sunday Times – OXFORD OFF LIMITS TO STAR BLACK PUPIL.

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