Cambridge University says rise in Black students caused by ‘Stormzy effect’

  • Cambridge University says rise in Black students caused by ‘Stormzy effect’

Cambridge University says rise in Black students caused by ‘Stormzy effect’

The university said student societies had also been actively involved in access work, promoting the university to groups of young people who might not have thought of applying to Cambridge, or ever have been encouraged to apply. The university has said these figures reflect the wider make up of British society.

As a result, the number of students from this background has seen a huge increase - according to university figures, more than 50% year on year.

The uni credited the "Stormzy effect" for encouraging more black students to engage in its outreach programmes, after the rapper launched a scholarship for two students a year.

A record 91 black students were admitted to the university this year, a rise of nearly 50 per cent on last year's intake of 61.

The inhabitants of black college students on the College of Cambridge has jumped by 50 per cent this 12 months, because of the "Stormzy effect"; 91 black college students began programs this autumn in comparison with exclusively 61 final 12 months.

Past year almost 12,000 UK-based students applied for undergraduate places at Cambridge, of which 3,378 were given offers and 2,574 accepted. This figure makes up 7.9% of total acceptances on degree courses across the UK. Between 2012-2017, some Cambridge colleges admitted no black students, with six out of the 29 undergraduate colleges taking fewer than 10 black students.

The senior pro-vice-chancellor, Professor Graham Virgo, reiterated multiple times (for no apparent reason) that they did not need to "lower standards" to facilitate the rise in black undergraduates.

Wanipa Ndhlovu, president of the university's African-Caribbean Society (ACS), said the rise "should send out a signal to other black students that they can find their place at Cambridge and succeed".

The proportion of black students among Cambridge freshers reflects the United Kingdom population for the first time.

The student body may be more diverse, but it's still not diverse enough.

"It is a shame it has taken so long but it's obviously very good news that the number of black students getting into Cambridge has seen such progress this year", he said.