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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In 2017-18, 6.8 per cent of UK full-time students taking their first degree under the age of 21 did not continue after their first year. Read more here: https://inews.co.uk/news/education/students-dropping-out-uk-universities-concern-2002351

@officestudents @dannydorling @gill_wyness The report from @NEONHE's Graeme Atherton looked at admissions systems in 30 countries including Germany, Singapore & the US. It found that only England, Wales and Northern Ireland used a system of predicted grades to make offers of university places.
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Admissions review to ensure a 'system which works for all students' . @Officestudents launch consultation #highered https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/news-blog-and-events/press-and-media/admissions-review-to-ensure-a-system-which-works-for-all-students/

Opinion: We know how #highered is failing black students, so why aren't we fixing it? #wideningaccess https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/black-students-university-diversity-higher-education-goldsmiths-deirdre-osborne-a8828056.html

Decolonisation isn't as simple as plenty of people suggest #wideningaccess https://wonkhe.com/blogs/decolonisation-isnt-as-simple-as-plenty-of-people-suggest/ via @wonkhe

Cambridge considers expanding colleges to give more places to disadvantaged students #wideningaccess #highered https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/22/cambridge-considers-expanding-colleges-give-places-disadvantaged/