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Ethnic minorities 'should be encouraged to apply to top universities'

Ethnic minorities 'should be encouraged to apply to top universities'

A Liberal Democrat peer has told the government to work harder to encourage young people from minorities to consider UK university entry at top institutions.

During question time in the House of Lords, Baroness Floella Benjamin, who is also the chancellor of Exeter University, said that black and minority ethnic (BME) children should receive support from a young age.

She cited research from the Runnymede Trust, which showed that, while more BME students are going to university, very few are applying to study at the top 20 establishments in the UK, which includes Exeter.

"Many more children from BME backgrounds and white working class boys need to be encouraged to start thinking of their education path to top universities from as early as primary school," Baroness Benjamin explained.

Recent figures showed that the number of people seeking UK university entry increased by 1.4 per cent this year, despite many institutions raising fees up to £9,000 a year.

Posted by Keith Broomer

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