An Oxford University college will be partnering with a celebrated rapper and music producer to support black students.

St Peter’s College Oxford has forged a partnership with renowned rapper AJ Tracey with the aim of supporting black students, black student life and research into black histories and experiences through the formation of the AJ Tracey Fund.

The AJ Tracey Fund offers support for initiatives in train within the college that recognise the historic under-representation of black students at Oxford.

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This includes work addressing issues of access and under-representation, expanding opportunities for black mentorship, supporting the students experience of those from low-income backgrounds, enabling developmental opportunities for black role models and leaders of the future among other things.

AJ Tracey has been a visitor in and out of St Peter’s College across the past year, speaking at length with students and staff to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for black students in Oxford.

Professor Judith Buchanan, the Master of the College, said: “we are delighted that AJ Tracey has become a close friend of St Peter’s College.

“We welcome the useful questions he asks about black experience in Oxford and his attentive interest in the wellbeing of our students.

“He has already provided inspirational encouragement to black students within the college, and to us all.

“With his generous support, we look forward to seeing current and future talented black students flourish in their time here and move out into the world as the confident, bold, thoughtful and creative leaders of the future.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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