Poorer students more likely to do less well at university than their richer peersBy Editor
The idea of privilege being a factor in academic progress is something The Student Guide has touched on before, and it appears that there may be some truth in our previous assertions.
A study that was released today and conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found that university students from poorer upbringings are less likely to achieve a degree of first or second degree honours than those from a more affluent background. The study also suggested that poorer students had a higher dropout rate, too.
Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the study focused on students that started university between 2004-05 and 2009-10, and concluded that poorer students were 13.3% less likely to obtain a degree at all, and 22.9% less likely to obtain a 2:1 or higher.
Explaining these findings, the IFS believe that a principal reason this occurs is that those from less advantaged backgrounds didn't do as well at school either, and that they receive a lack of support at university.
Speaking on behalf of the University of Warwick and the (IFS), Dr Claire Crawford said this can be rectified if university began to "focus on improving the progression and performance of students
from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as widening access.”