Joining the elite: how top universities can enhance social mobility

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Sundorph, Emilie; Vasilev, Danail; Coiffait, Louis
Date of publication
5 September 2017
Education and Skills, Employment, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This paper sets out to identify ways highly selective universities can increase access to full-time degrees for disadvantaged students. Its focus is deliberately narrow. Whilst there is much to be said about access work across the sector for part-time and mature students, and the experience of disadvantaged students as they go through a degree and enter the job market, to achieve the benefits associated with any degree, one must first gain access. As highly selective HEIs have struggled most to widen participation, and generally provide higher economic returns on degrees, they are the focus of this paper. Hopefully, lessons from these universities can feed into the learning and sharing of best practice between all institutions.

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