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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 AvatarATF 29th Jul - 7:33pm
    @MartinB I'd assume that the Labour figure is thanks to the Short Money. And hey, at least it's up on where it was!
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 29th Jul - 7:21pm
    Oops I was supposed to be coming back to this before posting!!! It should have continued ... how refreshing to read the comments from Alex...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 29th Jul - 7:13pm
    @Richard Dean 29th Jul '14 - 6:50pm. Point taken dear ;-)
  • User AvatarJohn Vincent 29th Jul - 6:51pm
    I wish Sarah all the best for the future. I'm sure she will succeed in her next chosen opportunity.
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 29th Jul - 6:50pm
    May I suggest that advice along the following lines also be provided, though not in terms of rules: > Keep contributions short if possible. Many...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 29th Jul - 6:45pm
    “If you believe politicians are useless, you’ll end up with useless politicians” Yes and if you believe what self-serving newspapers tell you, you are even...