The Stormzy Effect
A few weeks back, we wrote a very interesting article on 2 Cambridge University students challenging how things work at one of the UK’s best university and one of the most recognised educational institutions. Our blog focussed on Ore Ogunbiyi and Chelsea Kwakye, two Cambridge University graduates who co-authored the book entitled, ‘Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change.
These young authors who were involved in university campaigns representing black students gained media attention and soon enough were able to strike a deal with Penguin and Stormzy to have their book published to the nation.
Following the above Stormzy took an enormous interest in trying to establish a way he could help in getting more black and ethnic minority students into the university. Back in August 2018, he had already set up a fund and announced that he would be willing to fund two black British students to go to the University of Cambridge every single year.
The “Stormzy Scholarship” as it was named, pledged to pay for tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course and its results are already visible. Nobody can deny that they are also reflective of UK societal changes but nonetheless, it is safe to also assume that Stormzy enormous notoriety and fame also played a major role in increasing such numbers.
This year 91 black students were admitted to the university, up almost 50% from the 61 who started courses in autumn 2018. UCAS figures nationwide indicated showed that as of 12 September, 33,730 black UK students had been accepted on to degree courses at British universities and colleges, meaning black students made up almost 8% of acceptances across the country in total.
In an exuberant tweet, Stormzy said: “This is amazing – there’s no way that this is because of me alone.” He then proceeded to also thank the Cambridge University African Caribbean Society and the university itself for their continued efforts to recruit more black students and be more diverse.
“Big up Cambridge ACS for the incredible work they do they would of (sic) played a massive part in this. And big up Cambridge—Uni for their continued efforts.”
The news are obviously more than welcome and we would like to leave you with a very interesting and fun video with Courtney Daniella
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