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Durham University

Respect: creating a place where we can all flourish

Undergraduate recruitment by ethnicity

We have seen a rise in the proportion of AME and White offers that lead to a final acceptance, however, there has been a fall in Black acceptances over the ten year period 2009/10 to 2019/20.

Proportion of Undergraduate applications that result in an offer to Durham University 2009/10 to 2019/20

Proportion of Undergraduate applications that result in an offer to Durham University 2009/10 to 2019/20

Over the period from 2009/10 to 2019/20 we have consistently seen a higher acceptance ratio of accepted offers to applications for AME students at undergraduate level. Applications from Black students have increased slowly over the period, however, acceptance rates remain low, with a similar number of students starting in 2019/20 compared to the number starting in 2009/10.

Undergraduate applications shown by stage in the application process and ethnicity

Undergraduate applications by stage and ethnicity

The charts show the values for applications and final acceptances to represent the ratio of applicants who accept places on courses.

Widening Participation for Black and AME students

Durham University has begun to address access issues by generating higher levels of participation in access schemes by Black young people and forming effective relationships with groups that support Black students (such as the Reach Society and the Amos Bursary).

In October 2018 Durham was awarded a Corporate Fellowship Award by the Reach Society for its work in this area. The strategic measures to increase the number of Black students has been informed by talking to current Black students and consulting with the Durham People of Colour Association (DPOCA).

We have set up our Space to Explore Potential (STEP) programme dedicated to encouraging and enabling young Black students to explore studying at Durham as an option. This helped to develop the concept of a
residential summer school targeted at Black students, which will be delivered from 2020 onwards. STEP normally includes a three-day, two-night residential stay, due to COVID-19 It will be delivered online over this summer.