Racism and its effects on successive generations of people of colour have been the focus of a number of news stories in recent months. A spotlight has been shone on the way public bodies, such as the law enforcement and justice systems, are guilty of maintaining a status quo that disproportionately affects black and other minority ethnic individuals in a negative way. The introduction of the ‘hostile environment’ in 2010, and the anti-immigration message that formed such a big part of the EU referendum campaign, have made it all too clear that there is an inherent problem with racism in the UK.
Oxbridge has also come under fire in recent years for its continuing failure to promote an inclusive and culturally diverse environment due to its worryingly low acceptance rates for BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) students. What is the current situation for BAME students who apply for a coveted place at Oxbridge and will Brexit deepen the divide even further?