Oxford and Cambridge universities have been criticised for the lack of students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Both institutions are now admitting more non-white students.
Oxford has this year reported a record proportion of students from ethnic minorities, but black students form a small minority.
Skai Campbell, from south-east London, recently got into Oxford to study biology.
We followed him as he packed up his belongings and made the journey to Oxford for the start of his four-year course.
Video Journalist: Paul Murphy-Kasp
Extinction Rebellion activists intending to continue protesting in central London “must” go to Trafalgar Square or risk arrest, police have warned.
Police enforced a Section 14 notice to stop “serious disruption” to communities, after officers removed those camped out in Westminster.
Police have made 541 arrests over the two days of protests.
The prime minister has described the activists as “uncooperative crusties”.
But campaigner and TV presenter Chris Packham said they are “the concerned people of the world.”
Extinction Rebellion activists are protesting in cities around the world, including Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Sydney, and are calling for urgent action on global climate and wildlife emergencies.
Protesters say they are occupying 11 sites in central London and people have travelled from across the UK to take part in the demonstrations.
Activists glued themselves to a government department and to the underside of a lorry outside another.
A protester who attached himself to the top of a trailer with a bike lock for more than 28 hours in Trafalgar Square was arrested and removed from the area by five police officers.
The Metropolitan Police said at 21:30 BST on Tuesday there had been 541 total arrests over the two days, including 261 on Tuesday.
Police have enforced a Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986, forcing those who wish to continue protesting to move to the pedestrianised area around Nelson’s column in Trafalgar square.
Anyone suspected of breaching the condition – which has no time limit – could be arrested and prosecuted, police said.
A Section 14 order allows the police to impose conditions on a static protest – where campaigners are gathered in one place, rather than marching.
To impose the condition, police must have evidence that serious disruption is being caused to communities.
Activists have attached themselves to the underside of a lorry, which is blocking the road outside the Home Office.
The vehicle is parked on Marsham Street, where hundreds of protesters set up camp overnight. One activist climbed on top of the lorry and set up a tent.
There was a large police presence in the area on Tuesday, with pictures showing officers removing activists from the lorry.
Protesters have also glued themselves to the Department for Transport building – a tactic used in similar protests in April.
Two activists have attached themselves to the doors of the building, while others demonstrate outside.
Meanwhile, a group have placed 800 potted trees outside Parliament, in Old Palace Yard, as they call on the government to plant billions of trees across the UK.
Trees have been dedicated to MPs, and protesters hope they will use them to reforest the country.
Sean Clay, 36, from Newcastle, told the BBC: “Planting trees would go a long way to restore the habitats we have lost as well as absorbing carbon emissions.”
Asked about Boris Johnson’s description of demonstrators, Packham told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme: “I was there yesterday. I met farmers, I met teachers, I met scientists, I met lawyers, I met grandparents, I met mothers and fathers, and I met children.
“These are the concerned people of the world.”
Mr Johnson had suggested while attending a book launch on Monday that the demonstrators should abandon their “hemp-smelling bivouacs” and stop blocking roads.
Protester Claudia Fisher, 57, from Brighton said campaigners would like to discuss their views with the prime minister.
Responding to his description of activists as “uncooperative crusties”, Ms Fisher said: “We are a little bit crusty, I’ll put my hands up to it, after a night sleeping out on the grounds of Whitehall, but we’re not uncooperative.
“We’re actually very co-operative. We… would really like to hear what he has to say, and we’d really like him to… hear what we have to say.”
John Curran, a 49-year-old former detective sergeant for the Metropolitan Police, was one of the protesters who camped overnight.
Mr Curran, who has a three-year-old daughter, says he was arrested while protesting with Extinction Rebellion in April, and is willing to be arrested again.
He said: “Clearly there is some frustration (for the police) that they probably have better things to be doing, and I agree, but the responsibility for that must lie with the government.
“Take action, and we won’t have to be here.”
Activists camped at Smithfield Market overnight, but say they allowed traders to operate.
‘This is a last resort’
By Becky Morton, BBC News
There is a festival atmosphere in Westminster as Extinction Rebellion activists emerge from their tents to stage a second day of protests in central London.
The roads around Parliament – normally full with traffic – are instead dotted with encampments of tents, gazebos and makeshift food points, where hundreds of protesters from across the country spent the night.
Volunteers serve bowls of porridge from a truck, while others bang drums and join sing-alongs.
Read Becky’s full report here.
In an update at 17:44 BST on Tuesday, Transport for London (Tfl) said road closures included the Strand in both directions between Lancaster Place and Trafalgar Square; Trafalgar Square itself and Whitehall in both directions.
Also closed are Parliament Square; Marsham Street; Horseferry Road; and Millbank in both directions between Parliament Square and Horseferry Road.
All bridges remain open, however there is no access from Westminster Bridge into Parliament Square.
Extinction Rebellion claims protests in the capital will be five times bigger than similar events in April, which saw more than 1,100 people were arrested.
What is Extinction Rebellion?
2025year when the group aims for zero carbon emissions
298,000followers on Facebook
1,130people arrested over April’s London protests
2018year the group was founded
Source: BBC Research
Extinction Rebellion (XR for short) wants governments to declare a “climate and ecological emergency” and take immediate action to address climate change.
It describes itself as an international “non-violent civil disobedience activist movement”.
Extinction Rebellion was launched in 2018 and organisers say it now has groups willing to take action in dozens of countries.
In April, the group held a large demonstration in London that brought major routes in the city to a standstill.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Tom Cairney both struck twice as Fulham cruised to victory against 10-man Reading to go fourth in the Championship.
Cairney curled in the opener before John Swift was sent off for two bookings after just 20 minutes.
Mitrovic struck twice before the half-hour mark and Cairney grabbed his second with a fine lob.
Reading’s Yakou Meite curled in a 25-yard effort with a minute left, but it was little consolation for the well-beaten Royals, who drop a place to 21st.
The hosts had not lost in six league and play-off games at home to the west Londoners – a run stretching back to when both clubs were in the Premier League in 2008.
But the Whites took control at the Madejski early on when midfielder Cairney grabbed his third goal in three games.
Things quickly got worse for the hosts as Swift, already booked for a foul on Bobby Reid, made a rash challenge on Denis Odoi and was dismissed.
Fulham’s top scorer Mitrovic then helped himself to his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign, with two close-range finishes in three minutes well before the break.
Cairney added his second in fine style, lifting the ball over goalkeeper Rafael Cabral from 35 yards to put Fulham 4-0 up with more than 20 minutes left.
Meite’s fine late strike denied the visitors a clean sheet, but the win extended their unbeaten run to five games.
Reading boss Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire: “It was a very tough night for us.
“We planned the game well and I thought we could get a good result
“We knew we faced a Premier League squad, with a lot of good players.
“After one mistake we conceded a goal and with one player less it was very difficult to turn the result, considering the quality Fulham has.”
Fulham boss Scott Parker told BBC Radio London: “I’m pleased to come away from tonight with an outstanding performance.
“I felt we were first-class from the minute it started until the end, against a resilient side. We moved the ball and were clinical in attack.
“Tom and Aleksandar are going to be key for us, alongside everyone.
“Defensively as well, we worked together as a unit and we are strong in that sense. Confidence is high and the lads are in a good place.”
A man in his 20s has died after being stabbed in a fight near Ealing Common, west London.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to reports of a fight close shortly after 18:00 BST and discovered the man suffering from stab injuries.
Members of the London Ambulance Service and the air ambulance also attended, however the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 18:48.
His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will be held.
A man was arrested on suspicion of affray and was taken to a west London police station where he remains in custody.
Inquiries are ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101.
A section 60 order is now in place for the Hillingdon and Ealing areas until 07:00 on Wednesday, allowing the police greater search powers for a limited period.
This order comes after a murder investigation was launched when a man was stabbed to death on a train at Hillingdon station shortly before 16:00 on Tuesday.
Violent crime is one of the biggest modern problems facing London.
Unmentioned in the official statistics are a growing group of young people who are harmed yet rarely considered, those who have witnessed an incident of violence.
One Hackney-based organisation, Peace in The Streets, is trying to change that by offering help and support to the forgotten victims.
More on this on Inside Out on BBC One London at 19:30 BST on Monday or on iPlayer.
Brentford are well stocked for the visit of struggling Stoke, as only Luka Racic and Mads Bech Sorensen are unavailable.
However, the Bees have only won one of the past six games, and only two in the whole season so far.
Stoke City are yet to record a league win and remain without talismanic captain Ryan Shawcross (broken leg).
Summer signing Nick Powell is continuing his recovery while midfielder Joe Allen is suspended.
However, boss Nathan Jones says he had an “almost fully-fit squad” to select from otherwise.
- Brentford are unbeaten in their last three home league matches against Stoke (W2 D1 L0) since a 1-0 defeat in January 2000.
- Stoke, who lost 1-3 against Brentford in January in Nathan Jones’ first league match in charge, have never lost consecutive league matches against the Bees.
- Brentford have the second worst conversion rate in the Championship this season (5.3%), while Stoke have conceded the highest percentage of their shots faced (23.3%).
- Stoke are winless in their last 23 league matches in London (W0 D9 L14) since a 2-1 win at Spurs in November 2014.
- The two players with the most touches in the opposition box in the Championship this season without scoring a goal are Brentford’s Sergi Canos (35) and Henrik Dalsgaard (30).
- Stoke last failed to win any of their opening eight league matches of a season in the 1989-90 campaign, when they were relegated from the second tier.
Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead as they were forced to settle for a point in their Champions League Group B opener against Olympiakos in Greece.
Two goals in four first-half minutes put Spurs in control, with Harry Kane opening the scoring from the penalty spot before Lucas Moura’s scorching 20-yard finish.
Yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded shortly before half-time through impressive Portuguese winger Daniel Podence’s quality finish.
That lifted the passionate home crowd and Olympiakos equalised from the game’s second penalty, former France forward Mathieu Valbuena beating Hugo Lloris, the current Les Bleus captain, from the spot.
Tottenham’s result means both of last season’s Champions League finalists have failed to win their opening group games, after holders Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in Italy on Tuesday.
In Group B’s other game on Wednesday, Bayern Munich beat Red Star Belgrade 3-0 in Germany thanks to goals by Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.
Sloppy Spurs fail to hang on – again
Pochettino’s side showed Herculean spirit to go all the way to the final last season yet were far from their best as they made a shaky return to the competition in the port city of Piraeus.
Having allowed a 2-0 lead to slip against Arsenal in the Premier League on 1 September – again after conceding late at the end of the first half – this is the second time in three games they been left to reflect on what might have been.
With five-time winners Bayern and the unpredictable Red Star, who beat Liverpool last season, also in the group, Pochettino will hope this result does not come back to haunt his side.
Kane won the penalty which led to him breaking the deadlock, the Spurs striker clearly tripped by Tunisia defender Yassine Meriah. Then Moura produced an emphatic finish after Ben Davies marked his return by winning back possession and laying on the pass for the Brazil winger to score an outstanding goal.
On a night of missed opportunities, Kane could have had a hat-trick.
Yet, on two separate occasions, Dele Alli – making his first start of the season – and substitute Erik Lamela decided to go for glory instead of choosing the easier option of squaring to Kane to score.
Away day trouble for Spurs
Having failed to win any of their first three group games last season, Tottenham know a point in Greece could yet prove critical.
Yet they have won just five of their 17 away games in all competitions this calendar year, including an FA Cup tie at then-League Two club Tranmere Rovers.
Since winning 2-1 at Fulham in the league on 20 January, Spurs have managed just two victories on the road – both in Europe, against Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
It is something of a worry for Pochettino, who heads straight back to England with his squad to prepare for a Saturday lunchtime game at Leicester City.
It could have been worse.
When the game was goalless and during a slow start by the visitors, Olympiakos hit the post through Miguel Angel Guerrero.
That prompted Pochettino to leap out of his seat and make it known from the sidelines that he was not happy by his side’s performance.
His actions had some impact as Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead before being pegged back on a deeply frustrating night.
Man of the match – Daniel Podence (Olympiakos)
Letting it slip – the stats
- This was the second time that Tottenham have failed to win a Champions League game having been two goals ahead – and the first since drawing 2-2 with Werder Bremen in September 2010.
- Since the start of last season, Spurs have conceded more goals than any other side in the Champions League (21).
- Olympiakos are without a win in nine Champions League matches, their longest winless run in the competition.
- Only Ruud van Nistelrooy (19) and Roberto Soldado (19) scored their first 15 Champions League goals in fewer games than Harry Kane (20).
- Lucas Moura scored just his second goal from outside the box for Tottenham in all competitions – and his first since August 2018 against Fulham.
Tottenham are back in Premier League action at 12:30 BST on Saturday when they are at Leicester City, while their next Champions League Group B game is at home to Bayern Munich on 1 October.
Aston Villa moved out of the relegation zone by drawing against a West Ham side who finished with 10 men after Arthur Masuaku’s red card.
Masuaku was dismissed with 23 minutes left after picking up two bookings.
Before that, the game’s major talking point saw Anwar El Ghazi clash heads with Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings, although no action was taken.
Villa’s John McGinn had plenty of the game’s better chances, forcing Lukasz Fabianski into two saves.
Both sides had frantic attacks late on, with penalty shouts at both ends, but neither could find the decisive touch.
Collisions and red card the name of the game
There were plenty of big hits and tackles, more so than major goalscoring opportunities.
The major incident in the first half involved two Villa players – Mings was furious with El Ghazi’s lack of defensive help and started shouting in his face.
At that moment, Netherlands winger El Ghazi nudged his head into Mings’ face. He could have been sent off, but referee Mike Dean and the video assistant referee decided the contact was not sufficient to produce a red card.
Elsewhere, the physios were busy, as Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski flattened El Ghazi as he punched a cross clear, and McGinn hurt himself after tackling Sebastien Haller when Angelo Ogbonna accidentally stood on him.
There were five yellow cards in the game, and two of them landed to Masuaku – one in each half. The first was more straightforward, with a heavy challenge on Frederic Guilbert, who needed treatment.
But the second tackle to produce the red card – Dean’s 102nd as a Premier League official – was a tackle on substitute Ahmed Elmohamady, who went down easily.
BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Chris Sutton was in no doubt that it was the right decision, calling the tackle “reckless and brainless”.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini disagreed with the decision to send off his left-back. “It was a typical sending off when you play away, with the pressure of the fans in every foul,” he told BBC Sport.
Villa captain Jack Grealish said his side “got worse when they went down to 10 men”, adding: “We tried to rush things and force things and gave the ball away.”
His manager Dean Smith agreed, saying: “I thought 11 v 11 we were really good and created the best chances. I expected a little better of us when they went down to 10.
“We never used that extra man and got rushed on the ball rather than keeping our structure.”
Both sides miss decisive touch
Both sides had grand plans for a win – Villa had the opportunity to move two points clear of the bottom three, while West Ham could have gone third in the table.
The visitors had more chances, but Villa had the better ones.
The best opening probably fell to Villa striker Wesley, who headed wide from about six yards out after a fine Grealish cross.
McGinn was his usual classy self and went close with several shots from outside the box.
“We were brilliant defensively, with our second clean sheet in row at Villa Park,” said Grealish. “We need to be deadlier in front of goal. As soon as we are, everything will click into place.”
West Ham’s much-hyped attacking quartet of Haller, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson struggled to create many opportunities.
Mark Noble’s seventh-minute snap shot, which was straight at goalkeeper Tom Heaton, proved to be their only shot on target.
“We played with 10 men exactly the same as 11,” said Hammers boss Pellegrini. “I’m very happy with the personality and performance. If you cannot win, don’t lose it.
“We did a complete game. I want to see in every game the attitude we saw tonight. I’m happy with the way we’re improving.”
Villa move out of the bottom three on goal difference, while West Ham are eighth.
Man of the match – Issa Diop (West Ham)
Match stats – Villa’s second worst start
- Only in 1997-98 did Aston Villa accrue fewer points after the opening five games of a Premier League campaign (three) than they have managed this season (four).
- West Ham have suffered just one defeat in their past nine top-flight games (W5 D3), after losing five of the seven before that.
- Eight of the 41 Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and West Ham have ended goalless, the highest proportion (19.5%) of any fixture in the competition that’s been played 30-plus times.
- Since their return to the Premier League in 2012-13, West Ham have picked up 22 red cards in the competition (level with Arsenal), with only Newcastle managing more during this period (26).
- Mike Dean racked up his 102nd red card in the Premier League, 35 more than any other referee has awarded in the competition (Phil Dowd is next on 67).
- Since the start of last season, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has been fouled 179 times in league football (including play-offs), 49 more than any other player in the top four tiers.
Both sides play ‘big six’ teams on Sunday. West Ham are at home to Manchester United (14:00 BST), while Villa go to Arsenal (16:30).
A man has been stabbed to death in an attack on a street in north London.
The 30-year-old was found with serious injuries in Houndsfield Road, Edmonton, shortly after 20:10 BST on Saturday. He died at the scene less than an hour later.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested and remains in custody.
Police said the victim’s family has yet to be informed and efforts are continuing to formally identify the dead man.
A man has been charged with the murder of another man who was shot dead outside a shop in north-west London.
Craig Small died in hospital after he was shot in Harrow Road, Wembley, on 5 July.
Courtney Ellis, 34, has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and perverting the course of justice.
Mr Ellis, of Mafeking Avenue, Brentford, is due to appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Two other men – Horaine Nicholas, 29, of Crawford Avenue, Wembley, and Christopher Kyei, 32, of Craig Mount, Radlett, Hertfordshire – have been charged with perverting the course of justice and will appear at the same court.
A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession of a prohibited firearm has been released under investigation.