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Ethnicity

This page sets out what is known about the ethnicity of UK-domiciled applicants to Oxford. Just over 6.3% of UK-domiciled applicants (2,389 students between 2016 and 2018) choose not to declare their ethnicity in their UCAS application. It is therefore not possible to make any statements in relation to their ethnicity and admissions status, and for that reason they have not been included in the tables below.

UK-domiciled Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students include those who indicate in their UCAS application that they identify as Black (including African, Caribbean and other Black background), Asian (including Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Chinese and other Asian background), Mixed Heritage (including White & Asian, White & Black African, White & Black Caribbean and other Mixed background), Arab or any other ethnicity except White.

Context

The following graphics provide context for Oxford’s figures, showing the BME share of the England and Wales population, the A-level achievement of BME students, and the proportion of BME students in different parts of the UK university sector.

Note: Figures for the 2016/17 academic year (2016 intake) are the most recent available from HESA and have therefore been used in these graphics. The most recent figures available for Oxford are for the 2018/19 academic year (2018 intake).

England and Wales population now aged 18–25*

England and Wales population now aged 18–25

Breakdown of students achieving AAA or better at A-level by ethnicity (all UK universities, 2016 UK intake)**

Breakdown of students achieving AAA or better at A-level by ethnicity

Breakdown of students at UK universities by ethnicity (2016 UK intake)**

Breakdown of students at UK universities by ethnicity

Oxford University (2018 UK intake)***

Oxford University (2018 UK intake)

*2011 UK census. Source: Office for National Statistics.
**Most recent available national data covers 2016 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, UK-domiciled undergraduate students, academic year 2016/17. AAA+ pool includes equivalent Scottish qualifications. Excludes unknown school type. See note on HESA data for full citation.
***Excluding students whose ethnicity status is not declared.

University-level data

BME students

  • The number of UK-domiciled BME applicants to Oxford has increased since 2014, as have the numbers of students receiving offers and being admitted.

  • The proportion of UK-domiciled students admitted to Oxford who indicate in their UCAS application that they identify as BME has risen from 13.6% in 2014 to 18.3% in 2018.

UK-domiciled BME students: applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted, 2014–2018

 BME StudentsWhite Students 
 ApplicationsOffersAdmittedApplicationsOffersAdmittedBME proportion of total
UK students admitted
11
20183,0975514579,0482,3052,04518.3%
20172,8995194468,9082,3112,04417.9%
20162,5474924118,9012,4252,17815.9%
20152,3324073678,6682,3912,16914.5%
20142,1313953458,6342,4122,20113.6%

11. Excluding students whose ethnicity status is not declared.

Asian students

  • Since 2014, applications from UK-domiciled Asian students have been increasing annually, as have offers received and students admitted.

  • The proportion of UK-domiciled students admitted to Oxford who indicate in their UCAS application that they identify as Asian has risen from 6.0% in 2014 to 8.3% in 2018

UK-domiciled Asian students: applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted, 2014–2018

 ApplicationsOffersAdmittedProportion of total
UK students admitted
11
20181,6872492088.3%
20171,5392412068.3%
20161,3262271887.3%
20151,2781751626.4%
20141,1311661536.0%

11. Excluding students whose ethnicity status is not declared. 

UK-domiciled Asian students

*Most recent available national data covers 2016 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, UK-domiciled undergraduate students, academic year 2016/17. AAA+ pool includes equivalent Scottish qualifications. Excludes unknown school type. See note on HESA data for full citation.

Bangladeshi and Pakistani students

  • Since 2014, the numbers of UK-domiciled Bangladeshi and Pakistani students applying to Oxford, being made offers and being admitted have risen substantially.

  • The proportion of UK-domiciled students admitted to Oxford who indicate in their UCAS application that they identify as Bangladeshi or Pakistani has risen from 0.8% in 2014 to 1.7% in 2017, and fell to 1.6% in 2018.

Note: Within the British Asian group, Bangladeshi and Pakistani students are considered underrepresented at highly selective universities, hence their inclusion as a separate group at University level in this report.

UK-domiciled Bangladeshi and Pakistani students: applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted, 2014–2018

 ApplicationsOffersAdmittedProportion of total
UK students admitted
11
201844352411.6%
201738455431.7%
201629948361.4%
201528322190.7%
201422921200.8%

11. Excluding students whose ethnicity status is not declared. 

UK-domiciled Bangladeshi and Pakistani students

*Most recent available national data covers 2016 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, UK-domiciled undergraduate students, academic year 2016/17. AAA+ pool includes equivalent Scottish qualifications. Excludes unknown school type. See note on HESA data for full citation.

Students with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage12

  • The numbers of UK-domiciled students with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage applying to Oxford, receiving offers and being admitted have increased from 2014 to 2018.

  • The proportion of UK-domiciled students admitted to Oxford who indicate in their UCAS application that they identify as Black has risen from 1.1% in 2014 to 2.6% in 2018.

UK-domiciled students with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage: applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted, 2014–2018

 ApplicationsOffersAdmittedProportion of total
UK students admitted
11
201842486652.6%
201739665481.9%
201632854341.3%
201528149381.5%
201426044271.1%

11. Excluding students whose ethnicity status is not declared. 

UK-domiciled students with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage

*Most recent available national data covers 2016 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, UK-domiciled undergraduate students, academic year 2016/17. AAA+ pool includes equivalent Scottish qualifications. Excludes unknown school type. See note on HESA data for full citation.

Mixed Heritage students

  • The number of UK-domiciled Mixed Heritage applicants to Oxford has risen since 2014, as have the numbers of students receiving offers and being admitted.

  • The proportion of UK-domiciled students admitted to Oxford who indicate in their UCAS application that they identify as Mixed Heritage rose from 5.7% in 2014 to 6.6% in 2017 and fell to 6.5% in 2018.

UK-domiciled Mixed Heritage students: applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted, 2014–2018

 ApplicationsOffersAdmittedProportion of total
UK students admitted
11
20188161911626.5%
20177681801646.6%
20167331861676.5%
20156451691536.0%
20146051631455.7%

11. Excluding students whose ethnicity status is not declared. 

UK-domiciled Mixed Heritage students

*Most recent available national data covers 2016 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, UK-domiciled undergraduate students, academic year 2016/17. AAA+ pool includes equivalent Scottish qualifications. Excludes unknown school type. See note on HESA data for full citation.

**National data does not include Mixed ethnicity as a separate category; it only provides ‘other including Mixed’ where ‘other’ includes all ethnicities that do not fall into any subcategories of White, Asian or Black ethnic groups.

For further information on all Oxford's admissions statistics, including by course and by college, please read the Annual Admissions Statistical Report.

You may also be interested to see detailed statistics relating to ethnicity.

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