New Oxford University scholarship for Black British students

Black British students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be given the chance to study at the University of Oxford, all expenses paid - thanks to a new scholarship.

Tuition fees and living costs will be paid in full- for one student out of the 2,500 admitted each year. Current undergraduates say they hope it will encourage more black students to apply.

The place is being funded by an American entrepreneur - rather than the university itself, and it's reignited the debate about whether enough is being done to make Oxford more diverse.

One student from a disadvantaged background of Black African or Caribbean heritage will be given the opportunity to study for free.

The university was recently named the best in the world for the fourth year running by one international league table.

Oxford says the new scholarship sends an important message Credit: ITV Meridian

Esther Agbolade is a third year student at Oxford University. She was also the first pupil from her state school to ever go to the institution.

The new scholarship will begin in 2020 and run for three years.

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Admissions for students from ethnic minorities are at an all time high - around 18 per cent.

Yet admission statistics show that 13 out of Oxford's 39 colleges admitted less than five students with Black African or Caribbean heritage in 2018.

Two colleges - Brasenose and Exeter College - took just one student each.

Oxford has pledged to increase the number of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to 25 per cent within the next four years (by 2023). It currently stands at around 11 per cent.

It has also increased the numbers from State Schools - it now stands at around 61 per cent of the total intake - but that means 39 per cent still come from private schools despite the fact only around 15 per cent of pupils over 16 are privately educated.

Around 2,500 of the 3,300 places available are filled by British students.