first_imgOxford University has been accused of “social apartheid” by Labour MP David Lammy. The allegations come after data was released showing that nearly one in three Oxford colleges failed to admit any black British A-level students in 2015.The data, released under the Freedom of Information Act, is the first of its kind to be released since 2010. It shows that ten out of 32 did not give a place to any black British students with A-levels in 2015. In the same year, six Cambridge colleges did not admit any black British students with A-levels. This comes after data released by Ucas earlier this year found that, of the 2,555 offers made for 2016 entry, just 45 were to black applicants.Offers were made to 26.3% of white applicants, but only 16.8% of Asian and 16.7% of black applicants.Hope Oloye, a third year Pembroke student who founded the Afro-Caribbean Tyler Prize, an access mentoring programme for Afro-Caribbean students, said: “I think the data’s hardly surprising, you only have to look around Oxford to realise it has a diversity problem. “I think we have to be careful not to further propagate the idea that Oxford isn’t a place for black students, because a lot of the current discourse has the potential to deter prospective Afro-Caribbean applicants.“It’s good that we’re finally having a frank and open discussion about it now as it gives us the opportunity to address the problem. Oxford needs to take an active approach in rectifying this issue.” There were also findings released which showed that 82% of Oxford offers went to students from the top two socio-economic groups in 2015.Large regional disparities were also revealed, with the north-west of England and disadvantaged regions of Wales being underrepresented.The data had been first requested in 2016. While Cambridge released their data immediately, Oxford only released their data earlier this week when notified about The Guardian’s article, having denied the earlier request. Lammy’s attempt to have this information released sooner involved directly approaching the University’s vice chancellor. Having worked with University access programmes, he is aware that “steps are being taken to address this issue” but emphasises that “there’s still so much more work to be done to ensure we make places like Oxford accessible to all regardless of background.” Lammy claimed that the University’s decision to only partially release the information now was “defensive” and “evasive”. He also said that he was “disappointed that the University has combined all black people together into one group”.center_img In response to these findings, a spokesperson for the University told The Guardian that fixing the problem will be “a long journey that requires huge, joined-up effort across society – including from leading universities like Oxford – to address serious inequalities”.This new data also showed that only three Oxford colleges made at least one undergraduate offer to a black British A-level student in every year between 2010 and 2015. David Lammy is known for campaigning for racial equality and increased access to top universities and has had several disputes with Oxford. He had previously obtained data that, in 2009, only one black British student of Caribbean descent had been accepted as an undergraduate.Lammy has also previously criticised Oxford for “unconscious bias” which he claimed systematically disadvantages applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds.In response to Lammy’s comments, Oluwatobi Olaitan, Exeter’s JCR Equalities Rep, told Cherwell: “David Lammy’s comments are a huge reminder that our education system has a serious problem with providing equal opportunities to those socioeconomically disadvantaged.” It was also found that Oriel College offered just one place to a black British A-level student in six years. This comes after findings from 2010 that showed that Merton failed to offer a single place to a black British student in five years.Lammy, a former education minister and current Labour MP, told The Guardian: “This is social apartheid and it is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain.”He went on to say: “Difficult questions have to be asked, including whether there is systematic bias inherent in the Oxbridge admissions process that is working against talented young people from ethnic minority backgrounds.”last_img read more


first_imgTOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp has played down concerns over Gareth Bale’s hamstring injury and is confident that the Welshman will be fit to play against Manchester United on Sunday. Bale had to pull out of Wales’ friendly against Costa Rica on Wednesday after feeling a tightness in his hamstring and reports had suggested he could be out for up to three weeks. Redknapp denies that is the case, however, and when asked about the reports that Bale was set for a long-term lay-off, said: “That’s absolutely a million miles wrong.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “He hasn’t even got a tear in his hamstring. It’s just a little bit tight but it should be OK. It shouldn’t be a problem. “We will have to wait and see how he is (for the weekend). Hopefully he should be OK.” The news that Bale could be fit is a big boost for Redknapp, who is looking for his team to re-establish their push for Champions League qualification after last week’s 5-2 mauling at Arsenal. Tottenham’s players have admitted that the defeat at their bitter local rivals hurt deeply, but their manager is sure that the loss was just a blip in what has otherwise been an excellent season. “We had a bad weekend last weekend but it was a one-off,” Redknapp said of the Arsenal performance. “Since the first two games of the season we have not really had a bad game, even though we have lost a couple. “Last week was the first bad day that we have had but it happens. Everybody has those days. All the clubs have had them this year and you have to accept that you will have days like that.” Redknapp will be without Scott Parker for Sunday’s game after his dismissal against the Gunners, but the Spurs boss is hopeful of having Ledley King (knee), Rafael van der Vaart (calf) and Kyle Walker (ankle) available despite fitness concerns over the key trio. last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Syracuse added a second player to its incoming Class of 2019 on Tuesday. John Bol Ajak committed to Syracuse, according to Prep Circuit. Ajak posted an Instagram photo of him in an Orange jersey, announcing his commitment to SU.The 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward hails from Paoli, Pennsylvania, and attended Church Farm School before transferring to Westtown School for his upcoming senior year.Ajak is rated as a three-star recruit, according to 247 Sports. He’s ranked No. 371 in the nation, and the No. 61 center. With Paschal Chukwu graduating after the 2018-19 season, the Orange will have minutes to fill at the center position.He joins guard Brycen Goodine in Syracuse’s confirmed Class of 2019. He said during the summer that he had remained in close contact with Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry.Ajak said back on July 12 that Autry was regularly checking in on him after what he called a “bad spring.” SU head coach Jim Boeheim also made contact with Ajak throughout the summer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’ve been really honest with me,” Ajak said in July. “They told me to continue to be aggressive, finish at the rim and be a good teammate.”Ajak played AAU basketball for Team Final over the summer, where his play improved. He said then that Syracuse was near the top of his list.“Syracuse is an awesome school,” Ajak said in July. “I love everything about it, the coaches, the style of play.”Ajak took an unofficial visit to Syracuse for a game last year, then made an official visit to campus last weekend. Ajak had multiple Division I offers, including major interest from George Washington and St. Joseph’s. Commentslast_img read more