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Record number of Black and Asian students accepted at top UK universities

Thursday 27th January 2022

Ucas figures show nearly 21% of students receiving free school meals also won a place on a course in 2021

Black and Asian students won places at prestigious UK universities at record levels in 2021, alongside increasing numbers of students from all backgrounds, and the chief executive of the Ucas admissions service has said there could be one million applications for places by 2026.

The number of Black students who accepted places at selective institutions, such as those in the Russell Group of leading research universities, rose by 19% in a year, from 3,775 in 2020 to just under 4,500, according to figures released by Ucas.

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