Stormzy has accused Oxford University of rejecting his offer to fund two scholarships for black British students, a proposal which has since been taken forward by Cambridge University.
The grime artist was speaking at the Barbican in London, where he was launching his book Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far.
“We tried Oxford but they didn’t want to get involved,” Stormzy said.
Explaining why he wanted to launch the scholarship, he said he wanted to find the “genius and incredible minds” within the “badly behaved kids”.
“That is something I take personal pride in. I am always very inspired by that genius and … people who are smarter than me. Now I am in this position I want to do something for them.”
Earlier this year Stormzy, who is 25, revealed he would pay the undergraduate tuition fees for two students this year and two next year to attend Cambridge University, and provide them with maintenance grants, for up to four years.
He said: “If you’re academically brilliant don’t think because you come from a certain community that studying at one of the highest education institutions in the world isn’t possible.”
The Barbican audience reacted with surprise on hearing that Oxford University turned down the opportunity to host the scholarship. On Twitter, the Labour MP David Lammy said:
Stormzy: Can I sponsor some Scholarships for Black students who get the grades for Oxford?
Oxford: Get Lost, Stormzy.
Why would you look a gift horse in the mouth @UniofOxford?
Must be getting too big for your boots. https://t.co/GwIwEl0S4X
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 8, 2018
Stormzy, who won best album at this year’s Ivor Novello awards, has been praised for tackling social injustice, including advocating on behalf of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. He is funding two places this year and two next year.
Oxford University has been approached for comment.
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