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Increase in black student numbers at Fitzwilliam College

The number of UK black undergraduate students starting at Fitzwilliam College has risen – in line with reports from the University of Cambridge today about a significant increase compared to last year.

Master of Fitzwilliam College Baroness Morgan said: “This year Fitz had its highest intake yet of black undergraduates, who now make up more than 8% of our home students. 

“But we aren’t complacent and continue to work hard to ensure that our undergraduate body is fully representative of the population.”

A total of 91 black students have been admitted to University of Cambridge, up from 61 in the 2018/19 academic year – a rise of almost 50%. 

Of those 91 new undergraduates, 10% are now students at Fitzwilliam College.

Fitzwilliam College and the University have been working hard to get the message out that it is a welcoming place for students regardless of their ethnicity. Earlier this year the University published a series of short films presented by the You Tube influencer, and Cambridge graduate, Courtney Daniella, aimed at challenging the misconceptions surrounding a Cambridge degree. Fitzwilliam College held an Access and Widening Participation Conference last month featuring wide-ranging discussion and lively debate of some of the key issues.

A number of other factors are thought to be behind the increase in black students applying and being admitted, including the so-called “Stormzy effect”. In August 2018, the award-winning British grime artist announced he would fund tuition fees and living costs for two students each year for the duration of their study at Cambridge. Since then Fitzwilliam College and the University has seen an increase in the number of black students engage in its outreach activities.

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