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Figures Highlight Poor Diversity Record

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Newly released figures show that some Cambridge University colleges have admitted no black students or have accepted as few as one a year between 2012 and 2016.

The figures highlight the lack of progress in attracting more students from diverse backgrounds and comes after Oxford was criticised following the release of statistics showing that one in four of its colleges failed to admit a single black British student each year between 2015 and 2017.

In response the university said it had admitted a record number last year, adding: "The total number of students specifically describing themselves as being black admitted in the same year was also at a record high. While progress is being made, we recognise more needs to be done which is why we have significantly increased the funding we contribute to programmes like Target Oxbridge, which helps to prepare high-achieving black students for applications to Cambridge and Oxford."

The data showed that six of Cambridge's 31 colleges had admitted fewer than 10 black or mixed-race students between 2012 and 2016. The worst was St Edmund's College, which did not make a single offer to its 31 to 35 black applicants in the five-year period.

The Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, said every university in the country should be publishing all their access and admissions data every year.

It is hoped increased transparency will result in more access to elite institutions for students from disadvantages and under-represented backgrounds.