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Dreaming spires: Two contrasting gaps in black students’ achievement

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TO A casual observer of the past week’s news, it might seem as though Britain’s university application process was designed to dissuade black students. The latest outbreak of the debate about access was prompted by a revelation by David Lammy, a Labour MP and former education minister, that ten out of 32 colleges at Oxford and six out of 29 at Cambridge did not admit a single black A-level pupil in 2015. Mr Lammy accused the universities of fostering “social apartheid”.
Despite enduring problems in gaining access to the most elite institutions, and evidence that some universities accept fewer …