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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 AvatarReg Yeates 17th Sep - 2:16pm
    Hi Lester, I appreciate that point. My concern though is that we should balance all those within the 'label' of Equalities and Diversity in the...
  • User AvatarPegasus 17th Sep - 1:53pm
    Sadiq Khan and Chuka Umunna are not a result of any zipping/bame shortlist, they're locals in areas with a large BAME population (I live in...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 17th Sep - 1:51pm
    Not sure who has been briefing Shirley. Her attack on the SNP for centralising things in Edinburgh at the expense of the rest of Scotland...
  • User AvatarLester Holloway 17th Sep - 1:31pm
    @Simon McGrath - the first thing is that apart from Parmjit Singh Gill for one year we haven't had an MP of colour for about...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 17th Sep - 1:26pm
    Mr Wallace So what you have is a party that stands for different things in different parts of the country, when it gets into national...
  • User AvatarLester Holloway 17th Sep - 1:19pm
    Hi Reg, what I would say about 'tokenism' is that these arguments were had - often vociferously - in Labour over AWS but have pretty...