Gaining access: increasing the participation of disadvantaged students at elite universities

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Heselwood, Luke
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28 November 2018
Education and Skills, Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report assesses the progress made by high-tariff institutions in their attempts to improve access for disadvantaged full-time students.

It shows that there has been little improvement in access figures. Across the entire university sector, 12 per cent of UK students came from a low-participation neighbourhood in 2016-17, the same proportion as 2015-16. According to UCAS data, the most advantaged students are 3.8 times more likely to enter high education.

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