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Oxford University accused of bias against ethnic minority applicants

Oxford University has been accused of “institutional bias” against black and minority ethnic students after figures revealed that white applicants to some of the most competitive courses are up to twice as likely to get a place as others, even when they get the same A-level grades.

Figures for applications to the university in 2010 and 2011, obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that 25.7% of white applicants received an offer to attend the university, compared with 17.2% of students from ethnic minorities.

White applicants to medicine, one of the most prestigious courses, were twice as likely to get a place as minority ethnic candidates, even when they had the same triple A* grade A-level scores.

Older figures for Cambridge university suggested a similar pattern.

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, who has been a vocal critic of the university application system, said the figures suggested “institutional bias” and proved institutional failure.

Both Oxford and Cambridge, the country’s most prestigious universities, have faced questions over the varying success rates of applicants from different ethnic groups. The gap has often been explained as being due in large part to the fact that students from ethnic minorities are more likely to apply for the most competitive courses, such as medicine.

via Oxford University accused of bias against ethnic minority applicants | Education | The Guardian.

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Oxford University settles ‘selection by wealth’ case

Oxford University is to review its postgraduate admissions policy after settling a case with a student who sued one of its colleges for discriminating against the poor.

The university will re-examine a policy under which its colleges select students not just on academic merit, but on their ability to prove they have the up-front resources to pay tens of thousands of pounds for both tuition fees and living expenses.

The review will come too late for thousands who have been unable to study at the university due to the “financial guarantee”, but it may help those seeking to join Oxford this September.

Across the sector, the latest figures show that domestic students are increasingly finding postgraduate study too expensive. Almost 16,000 fewer British students started postgraduate courses at UK universities in 2011-12 compared with the previous academic year – an 8% drop, according to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency

via Oxford University settles ‘selection by wealth’ case | Education | guardian.co.uk.

Oxford University Apologies To Student Damien Shannon In ‘Poor Discrimination’ Case

Oxford University has apologised to the student who is accusing the institution of “discriminates against the poor” after claiming other universities employed “wealth tests”.

Jane Elizabeth Sherwood, director of graduate admissions at the prestigious university, apologised for offering inaccurate evidence which appeared to demonstrate other institutions used wealth tests to select post-graduate students. Sherwood had originally told a court hearing other universities had the same practices as Oxford, the Guardian reported.

via Oxford University Apologies To Student Damien Shannon In ‘Poor Discrimination’ Case.

Oxford University accused of bias against ethnic minority applicants

Oxford University has been accused of “institutional bias” against black and minority ethnic students after figures revealed that white applicants to some of the most competitive courses are up to twice as likely to get a place as others, even when they get the same A-level grades.

Figures for applications to the university in 2010 and 2011, obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that 25.7% of white applicants received an offer to attend the university, compared with 17.2% of students from ethnic minorities.

White applicants to medicine, one of the most prestigious courses, were twice as likely to get a place as minority ethnic candidates, even when they had the same triple A* grade A-level scores.

Older figures for Cambridge university suggested a similar pattern.

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, who has been a vocal critic of the university application system, said the figures suggested “institutional bias” and proved institutional failure.

via Oxford University accused of bias against ethnic minority applicants | Education | The Guardian.

Highest black student intake for ten years

Thirty-two black students were accepted for undergraduate study at Oxford this year, the highest number in ten years.

The acceptance rate of black students also increased to 14%, an improvement on both 2009 and 2010 figures (12.2% and 8.8% respectively). Black students accounted for 1.3% of all offers made in 2011, the same percentage as those students achieving AAA at A level who are of black ethnicity. A spokesperson for Oxford University promised that Oxford would “continue to do more to improve these numbers.”

via Cherwell.org | Academic | Highest black student intake for ten years by Paul McClean.