Adversity Scores

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Who deserves to go to university? Particularly the prestigious ones with selective admissions? It’s easy enough to say ‘everyone’, or ‘anyone with the ability to benefit from it’, but when it comes to any specific institution, usually the demand for spaces exceeds the supply. When that happens, some type of rationing procedure comes into play …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 22 May]


Call for papers: inequalities of access to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 27th, 2015 by steve

France“Sciences Po – LIEPP is organising a conference themed Inequalities of access to higher education: the role of policies, institutions and markets. The conference takes place in Paris, October 8-9, 2015. The conference language is English …” (more)

[Hedda, 27 July]

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The CAO system can clearly be gamed, and it’s perpetuating disadvantage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 17th, 2014 by steve

“Despite the acknowledged weaknesses of the Leaving Cert, the CAO points system for third level entry is often lauded for being a fair system. The admissions process is supposedly meritocratic …” (more)

[Phil Maguire,, 17 June]

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The evolution of educational inequalities in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2011 by steve

What are the causes of educational inequalities and of their evolution over time in Europe? Evidence from Pisa – Veruska Oppedisano & Gilberto Turati This paper provides evidence on the sources of differences in inequalities in educational scores in European Union member states, by decomposing them into their determining factors …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 17 April]