Poorer students narrow the university gap

UK“More young students from poor backgrounds are going to university than ever before, narrowing the gap between rich and poor students’ participation rates, new government figures suggest. Statistics on full-time young participation by socio-economic class released today show the proportion of England’s 18- to 20-year-olds from the top three socio-economic classes taking degrees fell to 41.2% in 2007-08, from 45.2% in 2002-03. Over the same period, going to university full-time became more common among the bottom four socio-economic groups, with participation rates increasing from 18.1% to 21% …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 1 July]

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