Camilla Turner quotes Sir Peter Lampl on the impact of cultural differences on university access in an article for the Telegraph.
Black students are failing to apply to Cambridge because there is a lack of Afro-Caribbean hairdressers in the city, the university’s pro-vice-Chancellor has said.
The “unexpected” finding arose during research into what deters black students from considering the institution, according to Professor Graham Virgo.
Sir Peter Lampl, chair of the social mobility charity the Sutton Trust, said “cultural differences” mean that some ethnic minority students are more likely to apply for a university in their home town rather than move away.
“This difference is holding some young people back in terms of going to their local university when they have the potential to go to a much higher ranked university,” he said.
“Part of this is about cultural differences with many students worrying that they won’t fit in.”