How wealthier students are getting more university places

How wealthier students are getting more university places

The number of wealthier students receiving a place at university this year has increased; but poorer students won more places overall.

Unconditional offers

UCAS data has showed some interesting statistics which are given below:

  • 40% of students were offered an unconditional offer last year
  • 17.5% of students were offered at least one unconditional offer last year
  • Only 1% of unconditional offers were made by 140 higher education providers this year

No progress on equal representation

When comparing data from previous years, UCAS has stated that the equal representation between wealthier and poorer students has had no progress.

Prime Minister Theresa May and ministers have required universities to help students from poorer backgrounds to get increased access to university. Theresa May has also pledged to put this social mobility at the forefront of her policies.

Here are some of the findings from UCAS:

  • 33% of entries from 18 year olds were accepted into university
  • 53.1% of the entries were from students who are from a wealthier background
  • 13.8% of entries were from students who are from a poorer background
  • Wealthier teens are 10 times more likely to attend the top universities

With universities minister Jo Johnson planning to encourage equal opportunity for students, this will hopefully help students from a poorer background to access more opportunities at university.

Take a look at my previous blog post on two year degrees here.

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