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UK: Oxford University Turned Down Stormzy Scholarship

By Published November 08, 2018

Oxford University has been caught on the back foot after it came to light that they rejected Stormzy’s proposal to set up a scholarship for high achieving black students, hence it was taken to Cambridge University instead.

The prestigious UK university have now been forced to issue a denial following comments reportedly made by the grime rapper at the Barbican launch of his book project #Merky books project.

One of Stormzy’s team member, Dan Hancox later wrote on Twitter: “Tonight at the Barbican Stormzy revealed that the much-discussed scholarship he's funding at Cambridge Uni was first proposed to Oxford University, and they told him to get lost?! Incredible.”

In a statement, Oxford University said: “We have spoken with Stormzy's management and clarified we are keen to work with him further, whether this is through Oxford ACS or the University directly, on inspiring more young people to study at Oxford.

“We have not received or turned down a proposal for student support from Stormzy and have been speaking to his team this morning to establish what happened.

“We recognise the importance of Stormzy's support and share his ambition in encouraging more black students to take up university education.”

✔@UniofOxford: We have spoken with Stormzy's management and clarified we are keen to work with him further, whether this is through @OxfordACS or the University directly, on inspiring more young people to study at Oxford.

 

Reacting to the revelation, Labour MP David Lammy tweeted: “Stormzy: Can I sponsor some Scholarships for Black students who get the grades for Oxford? Oxford: Get Lost, Stormzy.

“Why would you look a gift horse in the mouth Uni of Oxford? Must be getting too big for your boots.”

Oxford University is one of the ivy league UK schools that has been accused of low or non-admittance of students from black and ethnic minority who made the grades.

Earlier this year it was reported that more than one in four Oxford colleges had not admitted a single black British A-level student between 2015 and 2017.

The university refuted accusations of discrimination in its admissions process but recognised the need to make more progress.

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