Young people in the poorest areas of the country are up to 16 times less likely to go onto higher education than young people in the wealthiest areas.

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🚨 UUK's joint report with @NeonHE calls for the introduction of a ‘student finance national education programme’

Student finance information can be made clearer and more accessible for all

Our recommendations on how can be found here


Bookings for the 2020 NEON Summer Symposium is now open - 18th & 19th June at University of Exeter.
This year's theme is “Let’s work together - how can students shape the future of widening access”.
For more details and to book your place, please go to:

Only 35% of people aged 18-24 see #university as most important for life and career opportunities. Figure drops to 21% for those over 65. Read the full report into public perceptions on social mobility

Welcome to our newest member, @LSEColleges, great to have you as part of our community #highereducation, #wideningaccess

Great to hear from @NEONHE Btec working group at #HELOAconference always fascinating and hugely important stuff