Harry Yorke quotes Sir Peter in an article on Oxbridge university admissions for the Times.
Nearly one in five students enrolling at Oxford are now either black or an ethnic minority, figures show, as the university announces a new diversity drive in the wake of mounting political pressure.
Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford’s vice chancellor, has admitted change has come “too slowly to meet public expectations” and that works remains “to be done” if the university is to reflect modern Britain.
For the first time in its history, the university today publishes its full admissions figures, which it hopes will reassure critics who have condemned its failure to admit more black and disadvantaged students.
The report shows that last year the number of students classes as black and ethnic minority rose to 17.9 percent, up from just 13.9 percent four years ago.
Meanwhile, sources at Oxford have revealed that more than six in ten students offered a place this autumn were from state schools, the highest proportion in the university’s history.
Sir Peter Lampl, founder of the Sutton Trust, said: “Over the last 20 years, Oxford has made significant progress in access. But while it is good to see Oxford making progress on widening access, much more needs to be done.
“The best universities like Oxford should give poorer kids a break in admissions by taking account their social background and the schools from which they come.”