Study uncovers class divide in universities

“Children of professionals are 10 times more likely to go to university than the sons or daughters of unskilled workers. New research reveals that just 2.5pc of first year students at university last year came from unskilled backgrounds. By contrast, almost a quarter were from professional backgrounds, a fifth came from employer or managerial backgrounds and 8.7pc were the children of farmers. Children of agricultural workers accounted for only 0.3pc of first year university intake; semi-skilled for 5.1pc; skilled manual for 9.9pc; and non-manual for 9.7pc. The socio-economic intake into the institutes of technology was different, with a higher percentage of children of unskilled workers …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 24 February]

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