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Oxford University admitted a record share of ethnic minority students last year.
Nearly one in five, 18.3 per cent, of new undergraduates were from black and ethnic minority backgrounds in the autumn of 2018, a report said.
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It also said that more than six out of 10 new students were from state school backgrounds - again the highest-ever share.
The figures follow criticism from prominent figures of institutional bias against black applicants.
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Last year Labour MP David Lammy said progess in increasing the proportion of black students had been 'glacial', adding 'the truth is that Oxford is still a bastion of white, middle class, southern privilege.'
Yesterday's report on undergraduate admissions said that among new ethnic minority students, the share who were black rose from 1.9 to 2.6 per cent.
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The share of new students from poorer postcodes described as 'areas of low progression to higher education' went up to 13.1 per cent, the share of disabled studens was 9.2 per cent, and there were more women than men, at 51.2 per cent.
The University said early indications for this autumn's intake showed that there was a record number of offers of places to state school students, 64.5 per cent, and offers to students from less favoured areas were up to 13.8 per cent.
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It said that the selection of students had been by academic potential alone and there had been no lowering of standards for any group.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said the growing numbers of minority, poor and state school students had been encouraged by university initiatives, such as the UNIQ programme that invites potential students to spend a week in Oxford preparing for possible admission.
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'It was precisely because of our concern that the pace of change was too slow that this year we are increasing the...
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