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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This morning, we heard about COVID-19's impact on young people from deprived backgrounds.

🗣️ Dr Colin Morrison of @Creative_Voices spoke about the effects of the digital divide in the early months of the pandemic.

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Read today's speech from @michelledonelan in full. Important implications for #highered in England, particularly regarding access and participation plans https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/higher-and-further-education-minister-speech-at-times-higher-education-event

Disadvantaged students are "let down, time and time again by low quality courses, low completion rates and poor outcomes," @michelledonelan tells #THELive, as she announces a "re-boot" of the university access system.

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