Brace for it because you couldn't make this up! File under 'WTF'.
Cambridge pro-vice-chancellor says black students are not applying for places 'because there's not enough specialist Afro-Caribbean hairdressers in the city'
The pro-vice chancellor of Cambridge University has claimed that black students aren't applying for places at the prestigious institution due to a lack of 'specialist Afro-Caribbean hairdressers in the city'.
Professor Graham Virgo cited the 'unexpected' research findings during an event at King's College, Cambridge, and stated that this was one of the barriers from stopping black students applying.
It comes as the founder of a programme to assist black student applying to Oxford or Cambridge, Naomi Kellman, said it's a problem that 'comes up frequently'.
Speaking at an event, Prof Virgo, who is also a QC and expert in criminal law said: 'We have been doing some quite detailed research, particularly with black students, particularly in London, looking at obstacles to applying to Cambridge and thinking about Cambridge. And number three on the list was hairdressers.
Prof Virgo said researchers had asked prospective students what the obstacles were in applying to Cambridge.
'The real message was about hairdressers.
'It's unexpected but we need to look at applying to Cambridge from their eyes. For those students this is their concern. Really being able to engage with these perceptions enables us to say 'how are we going to respond to that?'
How indeed? All flock to Combridge, yee specialist Afro-Caribbean hairdressers, fortunes there await yee!