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Oxford University denies rejecting Stormzy scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP: Stormzy's scheme funds the education of two black British Cambridge University students

OXFORD UNIVERSITY has denied that it rejected Stormzy’s proposal to set up a scholarship for high achieving students.

News that prestigious UK university had turned down an offer from the grime MC, who has gone on to set up a scholarship scheme with Cambridge, spread after comments he reportedly made at an event for his #Merky books project last night.

Writer Dan Hancox wrote on Twitter: “Tonight at the Barbican Stormzy revealed that the much-discussed scholarship he's funding at Cambridge Uni was first proposed to Oxford University, and they told him to get lost?! Incredible.”

In a statement, Oxford University said: “We have spoken with Stormzy's management and clarified we are keen to work with him further, whether this is through Oxford ACS or the University directly, on inspiring more young people to study at Oxford.

“We have not received or turned down a proposal for student support from Stormzy and have been speaking to his team this morning to establish what happened.

“We recognise the importance of Stormzy's support and share his ambition in encouraging more black students to take up university education.”

Labour MP David Lammy was outraged by the revelation.

He tweeted his take on the news with a reference to one of the MC’s hit songs.

He wrote: “Stormzy: Can I sponsor some Scholarships for Black students who get the grades for Oxford? Oxford: Get Lost, Stormzy.

“Why would you look a gift horse in the mouth Uni of Oxford? Must be getting too big for your boots.”

In recent months, Oxford University has been facing increasing pressure to improve its record on accepting black students.

Earlier this year it was reported that more than one in four Oxford colleges had not admitted a single black British A-level student between 2015 and 2017.

The university has refuted accusations of discrimination in its admissions process but has said it recognised the need to make more progress.

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