Poorer students ten times less likely to go to leading universities, poll showsBy Editor
When it comes to education, there is a stereotype that seems to permeate across British society: top universities are still mainly for those from private schools.
But apparently there is a level of truth to this, as the Independent Commission on Fees (ICF) has published findings that suggest that those from economically advantaged backgrounds are 10 times more likely to get onto a course at a top university than those from poor setting.
According the report: “Across all universities, students who are not eligible for Free School Meals remain more than twice as likely as those eligible to apply for university. However, the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students going into higher education has narrowed from 30.5% in 2010 to 29.8% in 2013.”
The report is especially worrying for disadvantaged males who are even more inadequately represented than their female counterparts.
Additionally, mature students seem to be absent from elite academic institutions.
Will Hutton, chair of the Independent Commission on Fees, has said in regards to this: “Mature student numbers also appear to be disproportionately affected by the student fee changes with their numbers remaining below 2010 levels.”
He continued: “The number of students on part-time courses has fallen dramatically. Since many mature and part-time students come from less advantaged backgrounds this is an issue we must address if we are to ensure fair access to university for all.”