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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Delighted to hear @BathSofM student Ciara Sherlock won the Student of the Year Award in the 2022 @neonhe Awards. 🎉

Meanwhile, our Pathway to Bath programme received a commendation in the Widening Access Initiative category. Well done to the team!



Pleased to add my congratulations to @sheffhallamuni for their sector-leading work in widening participation, recognised through @NEONHE's Higher Education Institution of the Year Award.