Oxford graduates establish black alumni network

first_imgA group of black Oxford graduates have set up a network to encourage more black teenagers to apply to Oxford.The Oxford Black Alumni Network, which has over 200 members, also aims to alleviate the lack of black people in high-profile jobs.The network states that it is aware that “many negative perceptions persist about accessing and studying at the University of Oxford and other elite higher education institutions… [and] are determined to work against the disadvantages that hold many back.”Naomi Kellman, the network’s co-chair, who graduated with a PPE degree in 2011, said: “There is still a concern among black students that if they apply they might be the only one — they might think Oxford is not for ‘people like me’.“But we want to show that’s not true. There is a long history of black students at Oxford doing well and being happy.”Samuel Gebreselassie, another PPE graduate said: “By increasing the visibility of role models for younger people, we hope this campaign will demonstrate that Oxford is a place where people from diverse backgrounds can belong and thrive.”In 2016 only 45 offers were made to black students out of around 3,200 undergraduate places – a proportion of 1.4%.last_img read more