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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"Universities won't be able to meet these access targets without contextual admissions. And when we take into account socio-economic disadvantage - these students have really performed very well" - @VikkiBoliver #FairAdmissions2022

@VikkiBoliver @VikkiBoliver: So we need to use contextual admissions, but POLAR data is not adequate. We need to use individual measures (such as FSM).


@VikkiBoliver @VikkiBoliver argues that BCC among students who have been in receipt of free school meals is equivalent to AAA among non-disadvantaged students. They may need additional support but they have the same potential as the top students from any background.

@VikkiBoliver shows the “ambitious” targets set by high tariff universities for fairer admissions by 2024/5. They will require a step-change in far more “bold” contextual admissions.


Contextual admissions and identifying disadvantage - some great slides from @VikkiBoliver this morning #fairadmissions2022


HESA spring 2022: Student data #highered https://wonkhe.com/blogs/hesa-spring-2022-student-data/ via @wonkhe