Stormzy: University Of Oxford Rejected My Scholarship Offer

Joann Johnston
November 9, 2018

The University of Oxford has denied claims it rejected an offer by Stormzy to fund two black students through a scholarship scheme.

Dan Hancox, who has written a book about the story of grime, was at the event in London on Wednesday.

Stormzy said that Oxford simply didn't want to get involved in his scheme to encourage Black students to go to the elite university, which surprised the audience at this event.

Last night, he told those gathered at his book launch the idea was first presented to Oxford University.

Oxford and Cambridge, known together as Oxbridge, have been accused of failing to ensure they are accessible to non-white applicants.

On Twitter, the Labour MP David Lammy said: 'Stormzy: Can I sponsor some Scholarships for Black students who get the grades for Oxford?

However, it was revealed a year ago that some Oxbridge colleges did not admit a single black student. Must be getting too big for your boots. "I always thought Oxford is better [than Cambridge] anyway, it's got a ring to it".

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According to spectators, Stormzy was forced to pitch the scholarship initiative to Cambridge University after his Oxford bid was graciously rejected.

"We admire Stormzy's commitment to inspire and support black students to succeed in higher education". The scholarship will fund two students this year and two in 2019.

'We have contacted to Stormzy's representatives today to clarify we would welcome the opportunity to work together on inspiring students from African-Caribbean heritage to study at Oxford'.

Oxford University claims to have approached Stormzy's representatives with the goal of rectifying the situation.

In a statement, the university said: "Oxford University is committed to widening access and participation for all students from under-represented backgrounds".

He previously said: "With #MerkyBooks and the publishing imprint, I want to tell stories that I feel like not only the country but the world needs to hear".

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