Just 11 black law students admitted to Oxford University in three years

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By Thomas Connelly on

Six percent of black students that applied accepted offers — the same is true of 20% of white applicants

In the past three years, just 11 black law students were admitted to Oxford.

The figures, recently released by the elite university, show that 194 UK-domiciled black students applied to study law (or law with studies in Europe) between 2015 and 2017. Twenty-two students received offers and 11 were eventually admitted, which is 6% of the number that applied.

The ‘success rate’ for black and minority ethnic (BME) students overall was 13%, while it was 14% for Asian applicants and 18% for “Mixed Heritage” Oxford hopefuls. By comparison, 1,736 white students applied, 394 received an offer and 349 were admitted during the same three-year period: 20%.

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Elsewhere in the newly-released stats, it’s shown that 1,819 state-educated students applied to study law. Of these, 361 received offers and 310 (17%) were admitted. By comparison 617 independently-schooled students submitted applications, 148 bagged an offer and 126 (20%) were admitted.

Responding to the figures, barrister turned MP for Tottenham David Lammy described Oxford as “a bastion of entrenched, wealthy, upper class, white, southern privilege”. In a string of fiery tweets (one of which is embedded below) he called on the elite university to take action.

But Oxford hit back — well, sort of. The university’s official Twitter account retweeted a post describing his “constant bitter criticism” of Oxford and its diversity record as “bang out of order”.

The fightback, however, was short-lived. Ceri Thomas, Oxford’s director of public affairs, quickly apologised for the retweet and conceded that there was still “work to do” to improve student diversity.

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