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Oxbridge is failing black students—but the problem begins far earlier

Discussion about admission to Britain’s top universities should be seen as a small part of a far more complex issue

By Jason Sarfo-Annin  

Every black undergraduate studying at Oxford or Cambridge has asked themselves the question at some point—“Why are there so few of us?” The Guardian’s recent report on offers and admissions for black sixth-formers, based on a freedom of information request by David Lammy, highlighted statistics that would be thoroughly unsurprising to black Oxbridge students or alumni.

But whilst the focus was on the performance of the universities in widening access, a few people pointed out that a significant part of the problem was school performance prior…

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