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Date published: 2005/11/30

The BBC says:

The names of students applying to university should be withheld to avoid racial discrimination, a report says.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) has made the proposals, saying ethnicity may be identified through an applicant's name.

Hefce is calling on the University and College Admissions Service to give "urgent consideration" to the idea.

While finding no evidence of widespread racism, Hefce said applicants to law schools may face discrimination.

More useless politically correct time wasting by useless politically correct time wasting bureaucrats. In Cambridge (almost) all students are interviewed before being given offers. If the Hefce has come to the brilliant conclusion that "ethnicity may be identified through an applicant's name" imagine what can be determined by meeting the applicant in person. Not to mention that applicants give away a lot of relevant details in their personal statements, either purposefully or inadvertently. Sack these bureaucrats and spend the money on education.

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