'Stormzy effect': record number of black Britons studying at Cambridge

Stormzy has said he will fund the tuition fees and living costs for two Cambridge students each year

Stormzy has said he will fund the tuition fees and living costs for two Cambridge students each year

"One is likely to be the "Stormzy effect".

The University has released its latest figures which show that for the first time black students now make up more than 3% of new undergraduates.

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.

Last year Stormzy, a grime music star and the first black British solo artist to headline at Glastonbury, announced that he was setting up two scholarships to support black British students at the university, and followed up with an announcement in August that he would fund the tuition fees and living expenses of a further two students.

It's an increase of nearly 50 per cent over previous year, and means there are nearly 200 black undergrads at Cambridge.

It means 3.4 per cent of the 2,663 students enrolling in 2019 were black -up from 2.1 per cent in 2018.

Ucas figures show that, as of September 12, 33,730 black United Kingdom students had been accepted on to degree courses at British universities and colleges, meaning black students make up 7.9% of United Kingdom acceptances in total.

What's more, the "Stormzy effect" is also having an impact in the number of black students taking part in outreach activities and asking about courses.

Over a quarter (26.8 per cent) of all undergraduates at Cambridge are now from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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.

"We have achieved this without any reduction in offer levels or provision of preferential treatment".

However, Cambridge has faced heavy criticism in the past for not admitting enough black students.

Wanipa Ndhlovu, president of the University's African-Caribbean Society (ACS), said: "This is really good news and is a testament to the hard work that ACS, as well as the university, has been putting in to break down perceptions".

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

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