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Opinion: fix our school system and stop uni-bashing

As a former constituent and activist in Bermondsey and Old Southwark I greatly enjoyed campaigning on behalf of Simon Hughes and have a lot of respect for his approach to policy and the hard work he puts in, especially meeting face to face with local voters and community groups. I was shocked, however, to read quotes from Simon on the front page of Saturday’s Guardian calling on universities to ‘cut intake’ from independent schools in order to match nationally ‘representative’ proportions: 7.2% was his quoted figure for the proportion of students we ought to aim at coming from an …

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Opinion: In pursuit of excellence

Earlier this month David Lammy MP highlighted the problem of the low number of black students admitted to Oxford and Cambridge Universities and called it the ‘Oxbridge Whitewash’. He wrote in the Guardian (6 Dec):

“Just one British black Caribbean student was admitted to Oxford last year. That is not a misprint: one student. Merton College, Oxford, has not admitted a single black student for five years. At Robinson College, Cambridge, a white applicant is four times more likely to be successful than a black applicant. Last year, 292 black students achieved three A grades at A-level and 475 black

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  • User AvatarRuth Bright 10th Feb - 9:55pm
    William Summers - I can't speak for Caron of course but I for one would be very happy to see all-male shortlists for professions where...
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 10th Feb - 9:50pm
    I don't think we should have a delay. It's not ideal, but if the referendum is to be held this summer it should be as...
  • User AvatarGlenn 10th Feb - 9:49pm
    Stuart I watch it because I pay for it. If I had a choice I wouldn't pay and I wouldn't miss it. I suspect a...
  • User AvatarDenis Loretto 10th Feb - 9:47pm
    The Lib Dem launch today was very positive and used the slogan "In Together". I think this is pretty good but we must use the...
  • User AvatarVictor Grayson 10th Feb - 9:47pm
    RC-where do you get such exact figures from. Are they published by our Government Office for National Statistics ? How is extra-EEC trade through ports...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 10th Feb - 9:38pm
    I prefer a delay, but as you say: it's not worth dying in a ditch over. Two reasons I prefer a delay: 1. Most people...