The University of Cambridge banned white working-class students from one of its postgraduate courses, it was reported.
Instead students from under-represented groups were given the change to enroll in the course at the prestigious institution.
Cambridge university‘s School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) advertised ‘an exciting new widening participation project’ to ‘give an opportunity for students from under-represented groups to experience postgraduate research at Cambridge’, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
The school told its lecturers that it was ‘more reliant on Oxbridge applicants than most other schools’ at the university.
It was reported around 40 per cent of applicants to the school come from Oxbridge pathways, compared to 25 to 30 per cent across the university.
The school said scheme was then introduced to address this as there were ‘massive offer gaps between Oxbridge pathway and others – and most of our under-represented groups apply from outside Oxbridge’.
Lecturers at the school were told, The Sunday Telegraph reported: ‘The programme will be advertised for second or third-year UG [undergraduate] students from Black, Black British, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or British-Pakistani, British-Bangladeshi students studying at traditional research-intensive universities, who are planning to continue their studies in 2024’.
The announcement sparked fury among many who were angry at the non-white requirement.
The university has since reversed this scheme following concerns raised by many in the institution’s community. The programme has now opened up to a wider group defined by socio-economic factors rather than race – that included white-working class students.