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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Research Projects

Publication details

Boliver, V. (2014). Hard Evidence: why aren’t there more black British students at elite universities? The Conversation 9th April 2014.

Author(s) from Durham


Young people from black British backgrounds are more likely to go to university than their white British peers, but they are much less likely to attend the UK’s most selective universities.
As the Independent Commission on Social Mobility pointed out: “There are more young men from black backgrounds in prison in the UK than there are UK-domiciled undergraduate black male students attending Russell Group institutions.”

Department of Sociology