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Exploring the Counter-narratives of British African Caribbean men who have attended elite universities in England and Wales




British African Caribbean ‘home’ students have been found to have low levels of entry into higher tariff (i.e. the elite UK Russell Group[1]) universities[2] compared to other ethnic and white groups of students. BAC students are primarily concentrated in post-1992 and ‘new’ universities [3]  (Elevation Networks 2012) that have lower levels of attainment and poorer graduate prospects than Russell Group Institutions (deVries 2014). With 82.8 per cent of all students attending Russell Group institutions being white (Boliver 2014) and less than 3 per cent of all BAC students attending ng the Russell Group (ECU, 2014, p. 358), understanding their experiences at these universities merits further investigation. Exploring issues of ‘race’/ethnicity, gender class, moderate blackness and capital, this presentation provides some snippets of the accounts these young Black shared with me about their experiences attending and elite institutions in England and Wales.

[3] Four times more BACM attend post-1992 universities than all of the ‘old universities’