White applicants to university are 14% more likely to receive an offer than their black peers in the UK.
The Black Lives Matter movement has brought a great deal of attention to the systemic and institutional racism in the UK.
In particular, several universities have spoken out condemning racism within their institutions, the application process and their communities.
Though, there is still a real, institutional inequality that exists in universities throughout the UK.
One way this is evident is, for example, the disproportionate percentage of students receiving ‘top degrees’ at university.
The percentage of white students receiving first class honours and upper second class honours, which are generally accepted as being ‘top degrees’, is noticeably higher than black students.
And, as the degree classification increases, the proportion of white students achieving those classifications increases. Yet the opposite can be seen for black students.
In June 2018, The National Union of Students and Universities UK first released details of plans to tackle the BAME attainment gap.
Following the report, Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, said: “It is important that universities act and are transparent in their approach so black, Asian and minority ethnic students are given the best chance of success.
“Inaction is not an option. Universities should be places where opportunity and aspiration come togeth