How a black student toiled to get himself into Oxford

Between 2015 and 2017, one in three Oxford colleges failed to offer any black students a place. Last year, only 48 black students took up a place out of 12,000 undergraduates.

Roy Celarie worked over 50 hours a week to support himself while also studying for an undergraduate and a masters degree.

Britain’s elite universities are being accused of not doing enough to offer black students from underprivileged backgrounds a place.

One British member of parliament has even accused them of “social apartheid”.

But, Roy Celarie, a black student, who has been raised in one of the poorest parts of London, did manage to land in what is considered the university for the elites – Oxford.

“If you had told me 15 years ago that I’d be coming to Oxford I probably wouldn’t believe it, so it’s nice I’ve actually managed to fulfill my dream,” said Celerie.

Read the original article published in TRT World on 28 October 2018


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