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Do potential students from ethnic groups miss out on university places?

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Do potential students from ethnic groups miss out on university places?

Students from ethnic minority backgrounds are at a disadvantage over their white counterparts when it comes to obtaining a place at university, research funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found.

Conducted by The London School of Economics (LSE), the report revealed that there was an exceptional difference when it came to how more likely white applicants were rather than people of a different ethnic heritage.

For instance, the study discovered that a Pakistani applicant had a 7% less chance of getting an offer than a white British applicant, and Bangladeshi and black African applicants had a 5% less chance.

Professor in LSE’s Department of Social Policy, Dr Michael Shiner believes: “Even when we take account of A-level grades, candidates’ chances of receiving an offer vary according to their ethnicity, the type of school they attend and their family background.

“For some candidates these factors combine to create quite marked differences. Although the vast majority of applicants do eventually get a place at university, non-academic factors influence the offers they receive and the choices that are available to them”.

The findings that were conducting with information gleaned from 50,000 applicants via UCAS, also found that those from a lower social standing were at a disadvantage.

Sociology, Politics and Public Policy professor, Tariq Modood of the University of Bristol believes: “Young people from lower social class backgrounds and some ethnic minority groups are less likely to attend schools that are geared towards getting pupils into higher education or to come from families that are familiar with the application process…We need universities to do more work with schools to ensure that the process is fair to all.”

So, did you feel at a disadvantage when applying for a university place? Let us know.

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