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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The moratorium on unconditional offers has been extended by two weeks until Monday 20 April. This means that universities should not grant unconditional offers or change existing offers to alleviate undue pressure on students' decision making: http://bit.ly/3aIkxSX

Sign up for @NEONHE's Working Group meeting on Mature Learners, taking place on Monday from 2pm.

Register here: https://www.educationopportunities.co.uk/events/neon-mature-learners-working-group/

The meeting will look at how to support mature learners during the coronavirus outbreak.

This meeting is FREE to all NEON members.

We are delight to announce that our summit on ‘How can HEIs attract greater numbers of mature learners?’, Wednesday 13th May, will now be held online. For more information and to book, please go to: