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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Narrowing attainment gap stopped being ‘main focus’ of DfE in 2015, says former permanent secretary #ukedchat #schools https://schoolsweek.co.uk/narrowing-attainment-gap-stopped-being-main-focus-of-dfe-in-2015-says-former-permanent-secretary/ via @schoolsweek

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Arrangements for the award of the Access to HE Diploma confirmed #highered #ukedchat https://www.qaa.ac.uk/access-to-he/covid-19-support-and-information-Access/arrangements-for-the-award-and-assessment-of-the-access-to-he-diploma-2020-2021---update-for-providers-mar-21