Is Oxford University biased against BME applicants?

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Earlier this month, professor Gus John went on the Islam Channel to comment on a news story published by The Guardian, where  Oxford University was accused of “institutional bias” against the admission of black and minority ethnic (BME) students.

Here’s the video of that interview:

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An investigation by The Guardian uncovered that white applicants to some of the most competitive courses in Oxford University are up to twice as likely to get a place as others, even when they get the same A-level grades.

The figures, obtained by the newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that 25.7% of white applicants received an offer to attend the university, compared with 17.2% of students from black and minority ethnic groups.

In response to that report, David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, accused Oxford University of “institutional bias” and suggested such figures prove institutional failure.

Picture: “Oxford University” by babasteve (Flickr – CC BY 2.0)

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Charles Hedges
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Merton College Oxford, named as not having admitted any black students, has a Fellowship named in honour of Dr Courtney Phillips, who taught chemistry at the College. In the 1980’s and 1990’s Dr Phillips was happy to share his views on why whites were superior to Blacks, Jews and Orientals. To celebrate the views of Dr Phillips with this Fellowship sends a very clear message about the values endorsed by Merton College, and, by implication, by the University of Oxford. In 2017 such views are utterly unacceptable.

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