Cambridge University is report a surge in BAME applicants, labelling it the 'Stormzy Effect'.
The grime star launched a plan to fund fees and costs for two students per year, inviting applicants from those with a BAME background.
As a result, the number of students from this background has seen a huge increase - according to university figures, more than 50% year on year.
91 black British students have been admitted as first-year undergraduates, with the total of black undergraduates studying at Cambridge moving above 200 for the first time.
“The university has worked hard to get the message out that it is a welcoming place for students regardless of their ethnicity. This record rise in the number of black students is a credit to their hard work and ability: we have not lowered entry standards,” said Graham Virgo, the senior pro-vice-chancellor for education.
“It is also a credit to the hard work put in by admissions staff across the university and colleges in running various outreach activities, and the positive campaigns run by our student societies and external partners.”
Wanipa Ndhlovu, the president of the university’s African-Caribbean Society, said: “It should send out a signal to other black students that they can find their place at Cambridge and succeed. I hope this will be seen as encouraging to any black student who may have been told Cambridge isn’t the place for them.”
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