Oriel College, Oxford
While the proportion of BAME students increased to one fifth last year, the number of Black students on some courses remains extremely low.
Lord Chris Patten also claimed there was "hypocrisy" among critics of the statue, which is mounted onto Oriel College, Oxford.
A petition to remove the statue has been signed more than 110,000 times.
Exclusive: renewed opposition comes after Black Lives Matter protesters toppled monument to slave trader Edward Colston.