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“Young black men don’t grow up thinking they’ll make it here. They should.”

This was the intended message behind a photo of 14 black male students from Cambridge University that has been liked more than 2,000 times on Facebook.

The group posed for several images that were shared in a bid to encourage more black students to apply to the university.

The post on Facebook said: “In 2015, only 15 black, male undergraduates were accepted into Cambridge.

“However, it is important that despite their underrepresentation, we let young black people know that this is something that they can aspire to.”

Of 3,449 students accepted into Cambridge during this academic year, 38 defined themselves as black, a proportion of just over 1%. This figure did not include any students who defined themselves on their application as mixed race.

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