...which for me is a hugely positive thing. In addition to the great photo referenced below, today also saw the Turner Prize scrap its ban on over-50s, putting 62 year-old Lubaina Himi in the running.
One of the ways in which I think we’ll address diversity is for underrepresented groups to role model themselves rather than be role modelled. But I also know, from research I do in the field, that blazing a trail is easier than it sounds when you don’t want your ethnicity, gender, disability and so on to be the thing that defines you. Baby steps I guess.
Dami Adebayo, who studies engineering at Cambridge University, said there needed to be more black role models for men to aspire to. He said growing up he had aspired to be like actors, artists and sportsmen because "that's how I perceived success". He went on: "Barack Obama is probably the first black role model I had who made it 'cool' to be 'book smart', and that was by the time I was 11, that's crazy." Mr Adebayo said he applied to Cambridge University because he "knew he was capable" but was unsure if it would be the "right place". "But with a mindset like that, these types of institutions will never be the right place for people like me. Every student from a diverse background who applies and gets in here is a step towards changing that."