Over 50% of universities admit less than 5% of white students from low participation neighbourhoods

NEON's 2019 ‘Working Class Heroes – Understanding access to higher education for white students from lower socio-economic backgrounds’ report.

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Today, we're sharing a blog authored by our friends at @WorldAccessHE — take a read to learn more about what the organization is doing and how they're working to create opportunity for all. https://bit.ly/3l3jrW4

Interesting and heartfelt opening talk by @Martin_Webster at the @SussexFirstGen #wideningparticipation conference. What should we, as WP professionals, be doing to help ensure justice for under-represented groups? Woefully low participation in HE of those with disabilities

'I was 17 but they said I was 28': Home Office age rulings cost young refugees an education #refugee #highered https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/nov/24/i-was-17-but-they-said-i-was-28-home-office-age-rulings-cost-young-refugees-an-education?CMP=share_btn_tw

UK universities perpetuate institutional racism, report says #highered https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/nov/24/uk-universities-perpetuate-institutional-racism-report-says?CMP=share_btn_tw

Thank you to Dr Graeme Atherton and @NEONHE for authoring these reports.

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@JonRainford @NEONHE @Martin_Webster Hugely valuable. Would recommend it to anyone working in outreach. Thanks for a great couple of days @JonRainford and @Martin_Webster