Black British students accounts of ‘otherness’ at elite UK universities: Methods utilised to ‘fit in’: American Sociological Association paper presentation August 2017 - now book chapter in Blackness at the Intersections book, to be published in 2020.

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For over a decade research has indicated that a higher proportional percentage of British African
Caribbean (BAC) and ethnic minorities attend higher education in the UK than the proportion of
the white peer group (Modood 2012; UCAS 2013, 2014). However on average, BAC students
have been found to have low levels of entry into higher tariff (i.e. the elite UK Russell Group1


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).
It is not entirely clear why there are fewer Black British students attending higher tariff institutions
as the Russell Group does not publish its admissions statistics. What is known is that 82.8 per
cent of all students attending Russell Group institutions are white (Boliver 2014) and less than 3
per cent are Black (ECU, 2014, p. 358). With so few BAC students attending elite universities
understanding their experiences at these universities merits further investigation. This papers
provides accounts of ten BAC men who attended elite UK institutions.

Key words: ‘race’, class, gender, ‘othering’, performativity and moderate Blackness
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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