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Well done, Stormzy

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Vince_Ulam, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    An accomplished hard worker promoting hard work in a population of which too many people both within and without it expect too little.

    Stormzy launches Cambridge scholarship for black students

    '[Stormzy] didn't go to university, but did get six A*s, three As and three Bs at GCSE.

    In 2016, when he was a guest speaker at the Oxford University Guild, Stormzy said: "It was my dream to come to Oxford and study political science.
    BBC.co.uk, 16th August 2018.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2018
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  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    To be eligible the student must already have an offer from Cambridge. So he won't be increasing the number of BAME students there, just subsidising one who would have gone anyway.
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  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    We can expect it to increase the number of people from this population who aspire to attend Cambridge in particular and other universities in general.
    Jamvic likes this.
  4. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    ER... but he didn't!
  5. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Not everyone can be a Stormzy.

  6. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    But it means that those who might not have applied because of financial concerns may well now do so.
    Jamvic and phlogiston like this.
  7. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    1. I have to give respect to him for putting his money where his mouth is and doing something to encourage students to apply to Oxford and Cambridge.
    2. Whilst he has not attended yet, it is entirely possible that post music career (I give three albums before he stops being on trend) he will go - lets face it, both Oxford and Cambridge would be delighted to have him if only for the publicity.
  8. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

  9. SomethingWicked

    SomethingWicked Occasional commenter

    Not unlike Dr. Brian May, guitarist for Queen who then went on to complete a PhD in astrophysics.
    monicabilongame and agathamorse like this.
  10. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    All credit to him, but (and I know this doesn't fit in with the current inclusivity agenda) what about the working class white children who have the ability to go to a top university but can't afford it?

    There under-representation of BAME students, and this might lessen that. There is also under-representation of working class white students.
  11. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Very early in his career, too. From casual observation I think that the wealthy do not get philanthropic until they are at least middle-aged. Nor is Stormzy particularly wealthy as philanthropists go. He's no Bill Gates.
    Jamvic likes this.
  12. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    But Brian also attended an academic boys’ school in London. He had the help at the start.
  13. install

    install Star commenter

    Well done Stormzy. Cambridge Uni asked for help to be more diverse.And you are helping them and society see that students of all ethnicities can apply there - even if they are under represented. A step forward in equality

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