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Cambridge ACS

Stormzy was credited for changing the ranks in one of the best British universities.

Cambridge University says "the Stormzy effect" means that more and more black students are coming in and being admitted like never before.

He says the rapper's purse was part of the culture change.

According to new figures, for the first time, black students accounted for over 3% of new undergraduate students.

But to what extent has life at Cambridge University changed for these students? Two years ago, Radio 1's News 1 was maintained with "Cambridge 14".

This is a group of black male students who have uploaded several photos to Facebook to encourage more ethnic minority students to apply.

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Cambridge ACS

Joseph Adiwku was one of them. He is now in fourth year at Cambridge University in Medicine.

He told Newsbeat on Radio 1 that he had noticed an increase in diversity on campus: "Every year we witness a steady increase in the community, so we are on the right track."

Joseph says that although the university remains mostly white, he does not think it is "divided".

"I would not say Cambridge is click, I really think people make an effort to become aware of diversity."

The 21-year-old said he would like to see even more black students on campus.

"I feel much more represented, but there is still some progress to be made, these things are not done overnight."

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Stormzy with students from Cambridge University

Peter Fashola, who was also part of Cambridge 14, graduated from the university last year. He is now working in finance.

He thinks Stormzy makes Cambridge cool: "People come to see me and they say" wow ", you went to Cambridge – not where prime ministers go, but where Stormzy is located is also linked. "

Since 2018, the artist has financed tuition and the cost of living for two students each year – currently four students in total.

Peter says that the influence of Stormzy's scholarship is noticeable. "When I was in third grade, there were many more black recruits."

"I go on social media platforms and I see so many blacks in a Cambridge room, and I think," Is that our Cambridge? "It's different now."

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Jospeh Adikwu


Joseph is interning at Stevenage Hospital

Although Peter "enjoyed his stay in Cambridge", he said it was not always easy.

"Sometimes I felt pretty isolated because statistically, few people had the same background and the same story [as me]. "

"In my college, in my year, there were only two other blacks and that made the social aspects difficult, but there are companies that help."

Joseph and Peter are part of the African Caribbean Society of the University of Cambridge (CUACS).

Peter says the company "needs more Stormzy".

"Stormzy is a leader, he's realized that there are barriers to entry for people who look like him and that finances are huge."

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Peter Fashola


Peter Fashola studied theology, religion and philosophy in Cambridge

Peter says that CUACS and Stormzy share the same goal.

"We are reshaping the perception of what a Cambridge student looks like."

"I think a lot of people do not apply, not because of their grades, but because they think they do not belong."

For Peter, it's very important for universities to be diverse, because that impacts society.

"When you think of Cambridge, you do not think of black men like me who were raised in a council town in Hackney."

"The reason it's important to have people like me in these institutions is because we live in a society where the positions of authority depend on institutions like Cambridge."

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